Local Compassus Program Earns National Distinction For Treatment Of Veterans

McCOMB, Miss.– The Compassus program serving Brookhaven, Columbia, McComb and Natchez has achieved Level One Partnership with We Honor Veterans, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to improve end-of-life care for American veterans.

“One out of four dying Americans is a veteran, and we are passionate about providing quality end-of-life care and to better understand – through education and training – the unique needs of men and women with military service,” said Glenda Sinclair, executive director of Compassus – Mid-Mississippi.

We Honor Veterans provides educational tools and resources to help hospice providers

promote veteran-centric educational activities, increase organizational capacity to serve veterans, develop and/or strengthen strategic partnerships, increase access and improve quality of care.

NHPCO and the VA invite hospice providers to pursue four levels of partnership with the We Honor Veterans program. The first level demonstrates a provider’s commitment to provide relevant education and training for staff and volunteers, and to identify patients with military experience. Subsequent levels require additional education and training, and other activities including community education and outreach to veterans organizations, establishing veteran-specific policies and procedures, and seeking local partnerships with veteran organizations.

“We’ve learned veterans assimilate their experiences not only in how they live outside of active service, but also in how their lives end,” said Luke Lampton, M.D., medical director of Compassus – Mid-Mississippi. “Through research and clinical practice, we’ve found the better we understand those experiences, the better we are able to meet their unique needs with honor, sensitivity, and respect.”

NHPCO is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the U.S. The organization is committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.

The mission of the VA is to fulfill President Lincoln’s promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans.

For more information about Compassus or its services, visit compassus.com or call 601-250-0884.