St. Louis Greg Volpitto has always felt a profound calling to serve others. He spent years as a youth pastor and worship leader with teenagers before exploring the world of chaplaincy with police and fire departments in Creve Coeur, MO.
You could say that military service is in Dennis Worthen’s blood. Not only did his father serve this country for three decades, his uncles were also in the military for more than 25 years each. Dennis has a huge respect for the members of the armed services and knew he wanted to give back to that community. Because of Crossroads’ large Veteran community, Dennis was able to act on this passion through his volunteer work with us. When he joined our Cincinnati location last June, he immediately jumped in to assist in any way possible.
As the Affordable Care Act shapes the future of patient care in the United States, the issue of healthcare’s “revolving door,” or avoidable hospital readmissions, continues to take a front seat in the national conversation. Rehospitalization among Medicare beneficiaries has become a top priority for both policymakers and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as hospitals feel added pressure to help patients remain at home.
Every life is filled with blessings and hardships, love and loss, goals achieved and expectations left unfulfilled. Throughout a patient’s decline, the role of the chaplain is to help the terminally ill reach a place of gratitude for a life well lived. At Crossroads Hospice, chaplains provide emotional comfort and spiritual care to our patients. Chaplains also offer grief support to patients’ families, who are coping with the reality of losing their loved one. Built on a relationship of trust and respect, the following are the guidelines I use when providing end-of-life spiritual care.
When it’s time to make the decision about whether hospice is right for you or your loved one, the last thing you want to worry about is money. Even if you have insurance, the process can be confusing and frustrating. Hassan Salhi, a billing coordinator at Crossroads, breaks down the different ways hospice care is covered.
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Patricia Coffey-Rose’s childhood dream was to become a professional tap dancer. When she saw her first clogging performance, she was hooked on the combination of country music and fancy footwork. Patricia began taking lessons, and according to her niece, Donna Benjamin, was “all smiles” whenever she had the chance to put her moves to the test.