Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - 2013

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Medical Records Clerk Staff Spotlight: Jamie Gerard

Jamie Gerard joined the Kansas City team at Crossroads Hospice in 2008. Before Crossroads, Jamie served as an administrative assistant at a loan company, but wanted to turn her passion for making a difference in the lives of others into a full-time job. A hospice supported Jamie and her family through each step of their journey when Jamie’s mother passed away several years before. When Jamie’s sister, a nurse, told her about Crossroads, she knew it was the perfect opportunity to support patients, families, and the compassionate people who care for them.
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Real Heroes Wear Dog Tags: Healing the Family

It’s estimated that over 22 millionpeople have served in the United States’ military. That’s 22 millionfamilies directly impacted by wars and political agendas. Millions of husbands, wives and children expected to continue with normal lives, during and after a loved one’s deployment or service.
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HIV Testing is an Important Habit to Learn

Recently, a colleague of mine was at a community health fair where HIV testing was being offered and a mother and her 13-year-old daughter both took an HIV test. My colleague asked the mother why she was having her daughter take the test. She responded that while, to her knowledge, her daughter was not sexually active, she wanted her to be in the habit of getting tested as a part of her routine health care as she moved into adulthood.
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May Is ALS Awareness Month: Spread the Word in Your Community

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. ALS causes severe muscle weakness, leading to paralysis and the loss of the ability to speak, eat, cough and breathe.
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