SVHC VNA & Hospice earns recognition for veteran care


BENNINGTON -- Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s VNA & Hospice organization has received level two partnership recognition from the We Honor Veterans campaign. The higher tier in recognition is a result of the VNA & Hospice of SVHC’s commitment to ensuring veterans have access to quality end-of-life care. This commitment includes actions such as hosting required activities of staff, volunteer, and community education, as well as upholding standards of practice and developing relations with the Vermont VA contacts.

"Our staff and volunteers at VNA & Hospice are committed to honor veterans and provide them with the information they need and the care they deserve at the end of their lives," said Mary Pleasant, the Hospice Volunteer Coordinator and the Bereavement Coordinator at the VNA. "This next tier in partnership is an assurance that the high quality work we do for Veterans is held to the highest standard."

We Honor Veterans is a campaign developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization along with the Department of Veteran Affairs. The VNA & Hospice of SVHC has been a partner of the program since June 2013. As a We Honor Veterans partner, the VNA & Hospice of SVHC works to help improve the care provided to local veterans. Partners in the program can assess their ability to serve veterans and, using the programs resources, integrate the best practices for providing end-of-life care specifically tailored to veterans. By recognizing the unique needs of veterans who face illnesses, the VNA & Hospice of SVHC is better able to guide veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending.

"When a veteran enrolls in hospice care," said Pleasant, "they and their families are supported by an interdisciplinary team who focuses on their physical, emotional, social, psychosocial and spiritual needs. Their health, in every sense, is taken care of."

As part of its ongoing relationship with veterans, the VNA & Hospice of SVHC and the Vermont Veterans Home are offering a free community viewing of the movie "Vermont Fallen 2," on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Crispe Room at the Vermont Veterans Home. "Vermont Fallen 2" is a documentary telling the stories of Vermont families of soldiers, marines, and sailors that were killed in action. To learn more about the showing and the VNA & Hospice of SVHC, contact Mary Pleasant at 802-442-4567.

The resources of We Honor Veterans focus’ on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgment, coupled with education of health care staff.

To learn more about We Honor Veterans, visit

The VNA & Hospice of SVHC offers a skilled hospice team consisting of physicians, nurses, nurse’s aides, social workers, a chaplain, therapists, and volunteers. They provide a full range of nursing, medical, spiritual, and supportive services.


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