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Thank you, docs!

March 30, 2016

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager

DocDay_logo_2016Today is National Doctors’ Day.

You might not know it, but we have thirteen doctors on our staff at HPCCR. They are not all full-time, but they are fully dedicated to our mission — all the time.

Our doctors have a personal reason for being here. Some have made end-of-life care a career for many years. Some have retired from previous careers and are finding a second turn here at HPCCR. Some have had personal experiences with hospice care or palliative medicine and decided that they wanted to be involved in some way. But they all have one thing in common — a passion for helping patients at end of life. Their presence brings peace of mind to patients and their loved ones.

So our message today is simple. To our HPCCR doctors and all other doctors caring for patients, thank you. Thank you for your dedication to the fragile human beings who depend on you. And thank you for offering your knowledge and expertise to provide relief. We certainly owe you — full-time, all the time.

Showing some love

May 6, 2015

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager

love heartYou know what motivates people, especially when it comes to their career?  I can tell you one thing — it’s not money.  (Can I get an Amen, fellow not-for-profit employees?)  In fact, I read this little tidbit recently from an article on “Rather than money, studies have shown that how creative an employee feels when working on a project is the strongest and most pervasive driver.”

Creativity is a big deal; I can certainly attest to that, given what I do here at HPCCR.  But I have my own theory about what drives satisfaction.  Not just within a career, but in LIFE.  As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing better than feeling appreciated.  Knowing that you are valued.  Loved.

And to that end, there are some amazing people out there who need to be shown some love this week, people.  Nurses and moms, our eternal caregivers.  Seriously, what would we do without them?

The anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday is on May 12 and to commemorate her, National Nurses Week falls each year from May 6-May 12.  It’s the week we honor the unquenchable spirit and compassionate nature of nurses everywhere.  It’s the time when we try to show appreciation for the undeniably tough job they have.

And hospice nurses?  I am totally in awe of what they do and the challenges they face.  They care not only for patients, but entire families.  They bring relief to individuals in unimaginable circumstances and at the same time, they support families suffering from crushing emotional and spiritual pain.  And you know what they do?  They step in, take control, and make things better.  They are bedrocks of comfort, oceans of calm, and fortresses of love.

Mothers are no different; they offer unconditional love and support to their children (when they’re not daydreaming about ways to hide from said offspring, that is).  From the time we are born, our mothers protect us, soothe us, and support us.  They are our cheerleaders, a constant standing ovation in our lives.  When we succeed, they couldn’t be more proud.  When we fail, they help us get back up to try again.  It’s the hardest job on the planet, and it’s completely unpaid.  We officially acknowledge moms on Sunday this week, but they really should be acknowledged every day of the year. (Are you listening, Powell children?)

They say that motherhood is the toughest job you’ll ever love.  Well, nursing comes in a close second.  Nurses and mothers all over, you are loved and endlessly appreciated.  You have our eternal gratitude for showing up to work every day and not handing in your notice.  And if you are both a nurse AND a mom?  Well then.  You deserve to take the rest of the week off.  Paid.  In, like,  Aruba.

Seriously. Thank you.

April 19, 2011

National Volunteer Week may have passed us by, but we have so much to say about our amazing volunteers that we simply can’t keep quiet.  If you subscribe to this blog (and if you don’t, it’s easy to do–enter your email address in the space provided and we’ll love you forever) you’ve read about many of the outstanding human beings who have chosen to dedicate their time to Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region

It is a well-known fact that we could not operate this organization without the hours of help that our volunteers offer us.  They volunteer because they believe in our mission; because they have had a personal experience that compelled them to reach out to us.  Or they volunteer because they recognize and respect the humanity that resides in all of us.  And they choose to honor it.

So now it’s our turn to honor them.  Next Saturday, we will gather our volunteers for a celebration event.  It’s a small way of showing our appreciation, but we couldn’t be more heartfelt in our thanks.  During the event, we will recognize the folks who have many years under their volunteering belt and those who have given an extraordinary number of hours over the past year.  In fact, we’ll be recognizing one person for 30 years of service, one for 20 years, one for 15, and seven people who have reached the 10-year mark. 

And here’s the breakdown for 2010 hours: one volunteer with over 1,000 (yes, you read that right) hours, two with over 400 hours, one with over 300, 13 with over 200, and 51 people with over 100 hours!  Dedication personified, if you ask us.

Our volunteers motivate us every day.  They do not get paid to show up, but they do so–willingly and eagerly–whenever they are asked.  The do it because they truly care about the people they are helping.  Because they care about this organization.  And because they have the kind of soulful heart that hospice work inspires.

So, HPCCR volunteers, our message to you is simple, but could not be more sincere.  Thank you.   Seriously, from the bottoms of our hearts.  Thank you.

“Giving me another reason”

March 15, 2011

Officer Fred Thornton

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Officer Fred Thornton was tragically killed on February 25 when a flash-bang device detonated as he handled his SWAT equipment.  The funeral was held on Tuesday, March 1 and the procession passed the uptown offices of Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region.  The following day, HPCCR President & CEO Pete Brunnick received this email from Gina Gunter, IS Coordinator for the organization. 

From:       Gunter, Gina
Sent:         Wednesday, March 02, 2011
To:             Brunnick, Pete
Subject:   Sincere Appreciation

My husband Charles is a Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Officer.  He has been on the force for 14 years.  I took the day off yesterday so that I could attend the funeral of the fallen officer, Fred Thornton.  The entire day was emotionally and physically draining but we wanted to pay our respects to Fred, who was Charles’ friend and his former training officer.  We had attended the services of two other officers in the North Tryon Division, Sean Clark and Jeff Shelton, so we knew from experience that it was going to be a long, hard day for both of us.  You never want to go through this.

Like Officer Thornton, Charles is also a part of the North Tryon Division that covers the worst parts of Charlotte.  Those officers don’t ever get thanked for the work that they do.  They are cussed at, spit on, have punches thrown at them; they are rarely treated with any respect.  But I try to find good in everything and the one good thing about our experience yesterday was the show of support–of people lining the streets as we traveled in the large buses in the motorcade in route to the cemetery.  There were young people, old people, people of all races, people holding flags, people with their hands over their hearts, and people holding signs. 

And among those groups of people were my coworkers, my friends, my company’s employees, standing out in front of the office showing their support.  Seeing these people – and especially seeing the love and support shown by you and many others standing out in front of the office while we went by in a long line of police officers – meant the world to Charles and me.  I was so proud to turn to him and say, “Those are my coworkers and friends.”   And that statement included the President & CEO of Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region.  Charles needed to see this support because he doesn’t get it every day, like some officers may in other districts.  So I wanted to personally thank you for showing your support and for giving me another reason to be proud that I am a part of such a fine organization.