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Blog: Hospice Views

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The Ultimate Gift: Major League Baseball Honors One Of Its Own

Inspired by the life lessons in Jim Stovall’s novelThe Ultimate Gift, we developed unique plans of care that include programs like Gift of a Day. The idea is based on the question: “If you only had one day to live, what would it look like?” Since its inception, we have helped hundreds of patients experience the perfect day. Our staff members, volunteers and local businesses work together to bring the Gifts to life. Here is a gift that our Cincinnati office held for their patient, Larry Strautman.
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Who Is The Green Team?

One great thing about Crossroads hospice is the “team” approach to the delivery of care. In any other healthcare setting, the patients’ care is decided upon by a physician, and other healthcare professionals then follow that doctors orders. This model of care almost always focuses on the physical ailments of the patient and is designed to “cure” the patients’ illnesses or reduce and/or eliminate the symptoms associated with the disease. While Crossroads Hospice also utilizes physicians, namely the attending physicianof the patient and Crossroads Hospice’s Medical Director, these two physicians are only part of an all-encompassing team. At Crossroads, the director of the care plan is the patient. Nothing is done – no treatments, no medication – that doesn’t follow the patients’ wishes. At Crossroads Hospice, we recognize that physical ailments or discomfort are only part of the picture, and many times a patients’ pain cannot be brought under control unless the mental and spiritual issues are addressed. Therefore, the team at Crossroads Hospice must be able to handle all aspects of care for any patient.
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Why are we on social media?

When I think aboutsocial media, the first thing that pops into my head is how “new” the term is. I think if asked the question, “What is Social Media?” ten years ago, I may have responded with “personal ads.” Think about how much our world and how we communicate with each other has changed. These changes have come very quickly as technology has exploded exponentially. Just as the question above, I was thinking about similar questions and have come up with these answers: Twitter was something birds do; LinkedIn would have made me think of a chain gang; a Blog could have been a horror movie; and if someone told me toGoogle someone…well, let’s just leave that one alone. The truth is that we now are more informed and have the ability to do more research than ever before. Today’s consumers are much more knowledgeable about products and services than not just their preceding generation, but more than they were just 5 or 10 years ago.
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What Makes Crossroads Unique And Special?

Staff…oh, you want more. OK… more staff. If I had to point to one thing about Crossroads that makes a difference it is our ability to communicate our ideals and philosophy of care to our staff. Our differences are not just something to be written in some marketing brochure. They are embraced and proudly upheld by each person. From our direct care staff to our Executive Directors and the Board of Directors, everyone feels the need to “Expect More.” Healthcare is tough, caring for dying patients is tough, helping family members who are crippled with grief is tough. I ask every new employee what happened when they told their friends and family that they are working with Crossroads Hospice. The reaction to our industry hasn’t changed much. It’s always “Oh, how can you do that?” Well I am here to say that there is no more important job than to help patients with this journey. My question to them is “How can you not!”
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The Vision For Crossroads Hospice

The future of Crossroads is extremely bright and exciting. We have been told that we are the 5th largest hospice “chain” in America. I used the word “chain” for lack of a better term. We are still single family owned and every location is a family member. We used to do exhaustive marketing research to determine which location would give us the best chance for success. At this point, because the response from each of the communities we serve is so positive in reference to the differences in our program; we now look at locations that are the best fit for our management and service. We honestly feel that every community deserves our care and hopefully we can get there as soon as possible. Because of the enormous investment and personnel resources we put into each location, we want to make sure they realize what it means to be a Crossroads site, and when they realize the difference, the success they experience is amazing. I feel we truly have a positive impacteveryone we come in contact with, and the pressure to maintain and exceed those expectations is what drives our management team.
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Tribute To Officer Brad Fox

One of our wonderful Chaplains shared this touching poem with us in dedication to K9 Officer Fox of the Plymouth township Police Department, who was tragically killed on the evening of September 14, 2012 Thea writes, “These beautiful words were written by Jenny Peery, the wife of a K9 officer killed in California. Officer Fox’s partner, Nick, was also injured when officer Fox was shot in the head last week and I am sure would have taken the bullet if he could have. Officer Fox is the first cop to be shot in Montgomery County in 20 years, and the first ever for Plymouth Township, so everyone is taking it very hard, and I thought this poem would be fitting for Crossroads Philadelphia, since we are located in Plymouth Meeting, to offer its condolences. I have a great respect for the police, being a former ER nurse. Now on the streets of Philly seeing patients every day, I know many cops who have my back. This poem hit the nail on the head when I think about the police who put their lives on the line every day and get very little recognition or respect. No one realizes the magnitude of what they do.”