December 9, 2003 - Issue: Vol. 149, No. 176 — Daily Edition108th Congress (2003 - 2004) - 1st Session
COMMENDING SAINT AGNES HOSPICE FOR 25TH ANNIVERSARY
(Extensions of Remarks - December 09, 2003)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E2500] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] COMMENDING SAINT AGNES HOSPICE FOR 25TH ANNIVERSARY ______ HON. GEORGE RADANOVICH of california in the house of representatives Monday, December 8, 2003 Mr. RADANOVICH. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to commend Saint Agnes Hospice in celebrating 25 years of compassionate care. An open house was held to commemorate this milestone on Monday, November 24th in Fresno, California. In its 25th year, Saint Agnes Hospice continues to focus on pain and symptom management in patient care, and strives to raise awareness among the public and physicians about the value of Hospice care. Since its establishment in 1978, the organization's main purpose has been to reflect the mission of the Saint Agnes Medical Center by extending Christ's love to the terminally ill and their families; recognizing that each person is unique and deserving of compassion while stewarding the human and financial resources. Their goal is to meet and serve the needs of individuals, promoting dignity, comfort, and peace to enable them to live until they die. Founded by Sister Raphael McGrath, CSC, BSN, MSNE, Saint Agnes Hospice has made it possible for terminally ill patients to live out their final days with dignity in the comfort and privacy of their own home. Hospice focuses on living and maintaining the patient and family's quality of life. Saint Agnes Hospice has grown dramatically over the years and continues to offer patients and families a variety of levels of care. During fiscal year 2003, it served 346 patients, an increase from 265 patients in 2002. The Hospice Team is staffed around the clock by an outstanding group of individuals; physicians, nurses, chaplains, social workers, and volunteers. The four levels of care available are Routine Home Care, Continuous Home Care, Inpatient Respite Care, and General Inpatient Care. FOOTSTEPS, an expressive arts support group is available for children who have experienced difficult life losses and their caregivers. Finally, Bereavement care is planned and available to support families for a year following the loss of a loved one. Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to congratulate Saint Agnes Hospice on its 25th anniversary. I urge my colleagues to join me in wishing them many years of compassionate care for the citizens of the Central Valley. ____________________