Happy Veteran's Day!

Many of you - our hospice & palliative care staff members and volunteers - are veterans. Thank you for the service given to this country and the commitment to quality end of life care for all.

Eighteen (75%) of the hospice programs in New Hampshire currently participate in the national We Honor Veterans program. Improving end of life care for veterans across our state has expanded to include sixteen long term care facilities and five funeral homes. Congratulations to Rockingham VNA & Hospice and Life Choice Hospice – Bedford for achieving level two and level three partner status respectively.

Visit our Veterans page for a complete list of New Hampshire Partners.

The We Honor Veterans website is filled with tools and tips to help us provide the best care possible.

It's National Hospice and Palliative Care Month!

Please visit our Events page for the latest hospice related events throughout New Hampshire.
Our General Resources page lists articles and links for everyone interested in the subject.
Write us at info@nhhpco.org to let us know about recommended articles, movies, and books, or events near you.

Thanks for attending our 2014 Annual Conference!

   We are grateful to all of our attendees for bringing such good energy and enthusiasm to the event. Thanks also to our sponsors for making this day possible, and to our exhibitors who brought wonderful information, services and "goodies' to share.
Dr Alan Kono, a featured presenter at this year's event.    
    Dr Mary Brown, this year's winner of the 2014 Ira Byock & Yvonne Corbeil Award

Presentation handouts will be available through November.

11th Annual Golf Tournament

11th Annual Golf Tournament Golfer    Thank you for making this year's NHHPCO golf tournament such a success! You helped us raise $7,500 to support our mission to improve access and quality of end of life care in NH.

Save the date for the 12th Annual NHHPCO Golf Tournament:
Friday, August 21, 2015
Stonebridge County Club, Goffstown, NH

2014 Winner of the Ira Byock & Yvonne Corbeil Award

Ira Byock and Yvonne Corbeil Award Winner Mary Braun    Mary Braun, Medical Director of Home Health & Hospice Care in Merrimack and a physician in Palliative Medicine with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester, is the recipient of the Second Annual Ira Byock and Yvonne Corbeil Award for helping "hundreds of patients in their last months of life by facilitating treatment at home and in the Outpatient Palliative Care Clinic she established at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester." For more, view the press release.
Mary Braun, left, receives the award, presented by Janice McDermott (center) and NHHPCO President Carla Braveman (right)    

2013 Annual Report Now Available

Emerging Issues

NHHPCO on The Hill

Kelly Ayotte with NHHPCO members    NHHPCO visited the offices of Sen. Shaheen, Sen. Ayotte, Rep. Kuster and Rep. Shea-Porter as part of the NHPCO Advocacy Intensive on Wednesday June 18th in Washington DC. Joining us were Lynne Randall, MSW from Home Health & Hospice Care, Laurie Farmer, MSW, V.P. of Hospice for Concord Regional VNA, and Beth Slepian, PT, VP Education and Clinical Compliance, Concord Regional VNA.
Senator Kelly Ayotte (center) with Janice McDermott, Lynne Randall, Laurie Farmer, and Beth Slepian    

To better understand this complicated issue visit the Hospice Action Network website. Our Regulatory Page has more on the revised guidelines.

Taking the Fear Out of Palliative Care

This issue brief informs readers about the benefits of palliative care and how to be referred for this comprehensive patient-centered care. Spearheaded by Anne Marie Winkler, an Emerging Issues work group member, and released by the Emerging Issues work group of the NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NHCCC) in collaboration with the Palliative Care work group. Please share with colleagues, patients and families.

Provider Orders for Life Sustaining-Treatment

The NHHPCO Board of Directors recently voted to support the use of Provider Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST), an initiative led by the N.H. Healthcare Decisions Coalition. A successfully implemented, comprehensive POLST strategy respects the wishes of patients and strengthens communication between patients and clinicians and among different health provider organizations. The POLST document reflects current preferences of the patient with serious illness or frailty and answers questions for treatment that goes beyond the portable DNR. See our POLST page for more.