Heartland Hospice serving Northeastern Wisconsin, a division of ProMedica, co-hosted a Community Veterans Panel Event with St. Joseph Residence.Show More
Words Of Appreciation
Our agency frequently receives recognition for the care we have provided to a patient or someone’s loved one. Many tell us they don't have the words to describe their appreciation and simply say "Thanks." Below are comments and letters from patients and family members sharing their gratitude.
Heartland Hospice Hosts Community Veterans Panel
Every day, Heartland has the distinct honor of providing hundreds of U.S. military veterans with hospice care. We take pride in recognizing our veteran patients with certificates, pinning ceremonies and other special ways to show our appreciation for their service on behalf of all Americans.
Heartland Hospice serving Northeastern Wisconsin, a division of ProMedica, co-hosted a Community Veterans Panel Event with St. Joseph Residence. More than 30 people attended the event and enjoyed guest speakers Julie & Mike Hert, Lorraine & Tony VanKampen and Scott Katzka. Lorrain and Tony shared a video about the Old Glory Honor Flight’s success and how Veterans can apply for future flights. Scott Katzka, Director of the Green Bay Vet Center, educated attendees on different programs and resources that are offered to veterans and their families through the Vet Center.
Janna Nordeman, Heartland Medical Social Worker, discussed how Heartland’s staff is uniquely trained to care for veterans. Additionally, Janna shared that Heartland is now hosting Vet-to-Vet Café’s throughout the area and welcomed all veterans to join in these social opportunities.
During the event, the Heartland staff conducted a pinning ceremony for the veterans who were in attendance, gifting them with a Heartland Salutes Veterans pin and certificate recognizing their service. Laurie Shaw, St. Joseph Residence Facility Administrator, said, “The veterans who participated in the pinning ceremony have been ‘glowing for days’ upon having received their pin and certificate!”
Heartland Hospice serving Northeastern Wisconsin recently hosted a “Vet-to-Vet Café” at Aster Retirement Community in Clintonville, Wisconsin.Show More
Heartland Hospice Hosts Vet-to-Vet Cafe
Heartland Hospice serving Northeastern Wisconsin recently hosted a "Vet-to-Vet Cafe" at Aster Retirement Community in Clintonville, Wisconsin. World War II and Vietnam Army, Marines and Air Force veterans gathered for a blessing from William Van Dynhoven, Heartland Spiritual Care Coordinator. Jennifer Berndt, Heartland Social Worker, and Jaclyn Stencil, Heartland Volunteer, pinned each veteran to recognize their service. Veterans enjoyed conversation, stories of their service and of course, ice cream.
Army Veteran, Donald Yankee, shared that he served in the Army during peace time. A Clintonville native, he returned home after serving and started a family. He was a mechanic during his service and had been in charge of making sure equipment was brought to its correct place. He also participated in an Honor Flight.
Army Veteran, Raymond Arndt, is 102 years old and fought in WWII. He was a mechanic and made sure he was available to fix machinery if it broke down. He traveled all over the world during his service. He remembers being on a boat to get to Alaska for training. He fought in Europe through Germany, Austria and Italy. He also mentioned that he walked through Hitler's beer garden, but Hitler was not there. Raymond also participated in an Honor Flight to Washington and found it to be memorable.
Heartland Hospice serving Northeastern Wisconsin attended the “Connect to Courage” resource event that was held at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.Show More
Heartland Hospice Attended Connect to Courage Resource Event
Heartland Hospice serving Northeastern Wisconsin attended the “Connect to Courage” resource event that was held at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. The focus of this year’s resource event was on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The event included over 40 resources for Veterans, EMS, Firefighters, Police Officers, and their families along with speakers and Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training.
One of the speakers, Mike and Julie Hert, spoke on their experience of Mike being a five-time deployed service member, his family he had to leave and how they were able to make the transition of Mike’s return home to reunite as a family each time; to now their lives after his service in the military. When asked about why they wanted to be involved in the event this year, they said, “We know there are many families that struggle with the constant transitions of military life and we want to provide education to others on how to walk through it.”
An attendee said, “The Hert’s opened my eyes to better understand all of the suffering that service members and their families go through.”
Through the presentation of QPR, attendees felt they were better equipped to help an individual who is facing suicidal ideation. Several participants commented about the growing number of resources that were present and how important the training is to have available to everyone. The resources were a highlight of the day as people were able to be connected to the needed services.
Heartland Hospice was a major contributor to the event providing volunteers, a gift basket, financial backing and three team members for the committee.
Several Vietnam veterans had just returned from an Old Glory Honor Flight to Vietnam and Heartland Hospice requested their advice and suggestions on how to have conversations with their veteran patients.Show More
Honor Flight Veterans Inspire Heartland Hospice Team
One out of every four Americans who pass away each day are veterans. Heartland Hospice wants to ensure that those veterans are honored and find peace at the end of life. The Heartland team requested advice from veterans who just returned from a historic Honor Flight to Vietnam.
"The patients that we work with who are veterans and have served have not talked about their experiences for 40 or 50 years, so our hope is to gain some advice, suggestions on having those conversations with our patients so they can open up for healing," said Tracy Rosinski, Heartland Hospice Regional Veteran Liaison.
Three Vietnam veterans, brothers Dale and Tom Van Lanen and Mike Sheedy, who had just spent two weeks on an Old Glory Honor Flight to Vietnam were invited to share their experiences and suggestions. "When you come back from that, it's different. You're kind of a changed guy," said Dale. "This whole thing has opened me up more so because I got my closure when I went back to Vietnam."
The recent closure and healing allows the veterans to offer simple, yet heartfelt advice. "Just sit down and have the patience to tell them that you really want to listen to what they have to say and really show them that you're interested in listening to what they have to tell you, their experiences, and that would be great for that veteran," advised Tom, Dale's older brother.
Throughout their time with the veterans, many of the hospice team members were moved to tears. Being able to listen and talk with Dale, Tom and Mike helped the hospice team feel prepared to carry their suggestions and inspiration with them while they are with patients. "Opportunity we have at the end of life is a perfect opportunity to allow for that question and explanation and that storytelling, that leaving a legacy, because as another gentleman said, this is their last time to tell their story," said Tracy.
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"My advice to anyone contemplating the use of hospice care for your loved one with Alzheimer's Disease is to get Heartland Hospice involved. You will not be disappointed!”Show More
Daughter of Hospice Patient Thankful for Heartland Hospice's Support
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia isn’t easy, and knowing how to help a loved one with dementia can be difficult. As her father’s Power of Attorney (POA), Marne reached out to Heartland Hospice for help. Several years later, she is still thanking Heartland for caring for her father and very grateful for the support.
“Our dad had Alzheimer's Disease and we made the decision to bring in Heartland Hospice care. It was the absolute best decision I had to make as his POA. Our dad passed away a little over two years ago now. However, to this day, I cannot express our gratitude to Heartland for treating Dad with dignity and respect! Your professionalism and dedication to not only our dad, but also to our entire family, assured us that our decisions were upheld and that we were supported. Working together as a team allowed our dad to pass in peace. We cannot thank you enough for the wonderful care that was provided to our family and to Dad. We cannot thank you enough for treating him like a human being and not a disease. For that, we are forever indebted to you! My advice to anyone contemplating the use of hospice care for your loved one with Alzheimer's Disease is to get Heartland Hospice involved. You will not be disappointed!”
Heartland Home Health and Hospice has been selected as the 2018 Veteran Friendly Business of the Year by the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce and their nearly 200 members.Show More
Heartland Hospice Committed to Veteran Patients, Employees and Community
Heartland Home Health and Hospice has been selected as the 2018 Veteran Friendly Business of the Year by the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce and their nearly 200 members. The Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based business organization serving veterans and military families by supporting veteran-owned and veteran-friendly businesses across Wisconsin.
“Heartland Home Health and Hospice has helped to grow and support Wisconsin’s veteran business community.” said Saul Newton, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce. “Our economy, our communities, and our state are stronger when veterans succeed. We are proud to recognize them and the work they’ve done to expand economic opportunity for military veterans, military service members, and military families.”
Heartland was selected not only for their commitment and contributions to the Veterans Chamber of Commerce but also for their commitment to their veteran employees, patients and the veteran community. Tracy Rosinski, Heartland Manager of Business Development was presented with the award for 2018 Veteran Friendly Business of the Year at the Wisconsin Veterans Business Conference this past spring at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino.
“We have a unique responsibility to offer our patients a chance to heal emotionally at the end of life; especially our veterans. I am humbled at the opportunity to educate the community on the needs that dying veterans have at the end of life and increase awareness of the care Heartland provides to our veteran patients, their families and our communities,” explained Tracy.
"I have nothing but good things to say about Heartland."Show More
Words of Appreciation for Heartland Hospice Services of Green Bay
I am the wife of James, a former patient of Heartland Hospice of Green Bay. I just wanted to say how wonderful everything was. I have nothing but good things to say about Heartland. Everybody was very professional and kind. What an excellent job they do. I am so thankful I had Heartland to help care for James.
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