Heartland Hospice serving South Central Minnesota, recently adopted a highway in their area. As part of adopting a highway, the Heartland team cleans up the area along the highway twice a year and can display their name on the “Adopt-a-Highway” sign.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.
Hospice Team Adopts a Highway in Their Community
Heartland Hospice serving South Central Minnesota, recently adopted a highway in their area. As part of adopting a highway, the Heartland team cleans up the area along the highway twice a year and can display their name on the “Adopt-a-Highway” sign. Janelle Smith, manager of business development, tells about their first clean-up day.
“It was a beautiful morning for our first clean-up for ‘Adopt-a-Highway’. I thought this was a great way for our team to contribute to our community and help keep the area clean. We picked up garbage along two ditches on each side of the highway as well as the median. We were out there for about two and half hours and covered 1.75 miles. Jay, Greg and Sara, account liaisons, dedicated their time and joined in on the fun cleaning up and we had a great day! Lois, social worker, provided us water and treats that kept us energized throughout our time cleaning up. We are looking forward to our next clean-up day this fall!”
The Heartland team visited with Romaine Miller for his pinning ceremony outside at Elizabeth’s Care Center in Wabash, MN. Romaine is a Navy Veteran who served in WWII.Show More
Heartland Hospice serving Minnesota South held a Veteran Recognition Ceremony to recognize and thank Cliff, one of their veteran patients, for his service.Show More
Heartland Hospice Serving Minnesota South Honors U.S. Marine Veteran
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 Minnesota South held a Veteran Recognition Ceremony to recognize and thank Cliff, one of their veteran patients, for his service. The Heartland team had the honor to present him with a commemorative pin and certificate of appreciation for his service in the U.S. military. Cliff is a proud veteran of the U.S. Marines. When Cliff was asked, “Once a Marine, always a Marine”, he replied “Yes”.
“It was nice to meet his family and to see that they were just as proud of their dad and his service. The ceremony was moving, and I am glad I was able to be a part of it,” said Cachel Newbauer, Bereavement Coordinator.
“I personally enjoyed seeing the smile on his wife’s face and how she lit up with pride and her husband, also knowing that he would really enjoy being honored for his services as well,” said Shannon Wilhelm, RN Case Manager.
Medical Director for all the Heartland Hospice agencies in Minnesota, Dr. Nancy Miller, MD, talks about how the Minnesota hospice teams are supporting patients and their families during this difficult time.Show More
Minnesota Medical Director Discusses Hospice Care During Pandemic
Medical Director for all the Heartland Hospice agencies in Minnesota, Dr. Nancy Miller, MD, talks about how the Minnesota hospice teams are supporting patients and their families during this difficult time.
Sara Clausen, Manager of Business Development for Heartland Hospice Serving Minnesota South, recently came up with the idea to decorate the windows for residents at a nearby senior living community. Sandy, a volunteer, Sara’s daughters, Drew and Blair, and several other Heartland employees helped brighten the residents’ days by spending time decorating windows.Show More
Heartland Hospice Brings Joy to Local Senior Living Community by Painting Residents' Windows
Sara Clausen, Manager of Business Development for Heartland Hospice Serving Minnesota South, recently came up with the idea to decorate the windows for residents at a nearby senior living community. Sandy, a volunteer, Sara’s daughters, Drew and Blair, and several other Heartland employees helped brighten the residents’ days by spending time decorating windows. Sara details the uplifting experience:
“Tuesday evening, my daughters and several Heartland Hospice team members joined me in creating artwork and writing words of inspiration on the windows at St. Crispin Living Community in Red Wing, Minnesota. We thought this would be a great way to brighten the day of the residents and staff in the Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Memory Care facility. We were able to cover many of the windows in artwork and uplifting messages. The staff and residents loved seeing the creations come to life and the lasting artwork on the windows.”
Heartland Hospice Serving Minnesota South recently received several testimonials from family members of patients citing the compassionate care their loved ones received.Show More
Heartland Hospice Serving Minnesota South Receives Wonderful Testimonials from Patients' Family Members
Working in hospice takes a strong will, a full heart and plenty of compassion. When that compassion reaches our patient's families, that's when we know we have truly lived out our Mission. Heartland Hospice Serving Minnesota South recently received several testimonials from family members of patients citing the compassionate care their loved ones received:
“We are so very grateful for everyone at Heartland Hospice. You were a godsend to our family. We are deeply humbled and extremely grateful for all that you do – from nursing care, spiritual guidance, musical therapy, personal care, social care, doctors’ care… just everyone. You are all a very special group of people and have definitely found your calling. We can’t thank you enough for all of your support.”
– Lynn L., daughter of a hospice patient
“Thank you to all of the staff who had a part in caring for our mother in her nursing home. The care was exceptional. Mom’s every need was attended to with care and amazing speed. She was nurtured and cared for lovingly on so many levels. We as a family also felt cared for and respected. Our questions and needs were answered and attended to so capably and compassionately. Our gratitude is heartfelt.”
– Faye J., daughter of a hospice patient
“Our family wants to extend our gratitude and appreciation to the team at Heartland Hospice who cared for our Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather and Husband. It was comforting for him to live his final days in his home, surrounded by his family and receive compassionate care from Heartland Hospice. We welcomed many wonderful staff members into our home and want to acknowledge all of you. The hospice aide brought a smile to Dad’s face upon each arrival. Dad knew she was there to bathe and groom him, always finishing with a splash of his cologne! She treated Dad with dignity and respect. Thank you! His RN Case Manager answered our questions in a manner easy to understand and with patience and sensitivity. Even when the answer was difficult to hear; her honesty was appreciated by us. Thank you. The work each of you do at Heartland Hospice truly is a gift and a blessing to those of us receiving it in our time of need.”
– Shirley D., daughter of a hospice patient
Over 100 butterflies were released that sunny afternoon in memory of loved ones who have passed.Show More
Butterfly Release Memorial Held to Honor Loved Ones
St. Mark's Living and Heartland Hospice hosted a Butterfly Release Memorial to honor those who have passed on. A crowd of onlookers waited before the symbolic event began. Butterflies were released from a small white box to remember loved ones who have recently passed. St. Mark's officials say the release is very symbolic.
"The butterfly release is an opportunity for us to honor those people who have gone before us," explains Heartland Hospice Administrator, Darlene Feltes, "and to be able to do that in a community setting here at St. Mark's, what a nice opportunity. The butterflies symbol change and transformation, which makes this kind of a wonderful way to celebrate someone's passing."
Over 100 butterflies were released into the air as a symbol of change and beauty. This is the fourth year of the butterfly release, but this year was the first time in Austin, Minnesota. Heartland Hospice performs the butterfly release in a 16 county area.
Heartland Hospice Spiritual Coordinator, Josh Johnson, said he never knows exactly what to say when he meets a veteran. “Some days, words are just insufficient; today is one of those days.”Show More
Heartland Hospice Serving Minnesota South Celebrates Veterans
Heartland Hospice Spiritual Coordinator, Josh Johnson, said he never knows exactly what to say when he meets a veteran. “Some days, words are just insufficient; today is one of those days.”
Johnson was speaking to a group of veterans, friends and families at St. Mark’s Living on Veterans Day. The group also included veterans from Primrose Retirement Community.
He said his own history is anchored in service. His grandfather served during World War II in Germany and his father served in Vietnam.
He recalled his father saying to him that real sacrifice is a soldier “knowing what he was going to and sacrificing his comfort for ours anyway.” He added that the sentiment sounded familiar. “Sounds like Jesus to me,” he said and read from John 15:13: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” “Sounds like a veteran to me,” he emphasized.
VFW Commander, Scott Wiechmann, agreed adding that it was wonderful to thank veterans for their service on Veteran’s Day. “But I hope you remember to thank them every day,” he said.
He acknowledged, “there is division in our country” right now … and I hope and pray we can come together as a nation.”
But even if we disagree with a decision to go to war, “we still need to thank our veterans for their service, to thank them for their commitment to this country.”
The day was a celebration of veteran service, a joint effort between St. Mark’s Living and Heartland Hospice. About 40 veterans, serving from World War II forward, were honored with special veteran pins, as well as a quilt from the Quilts of Valor organization, based at the First Congregational Church UCC in Austin, MN.
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