Hospice on the Radio!

On Monday, NHPCO President and CEO, Edo Banach, was featured on 14 different radio stations across the country to promote National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and spread the word about the importance of hospice and palliative care in our communities.

“Hospice is not about giving up, the focus here is on the quality of life… and maintaining that quality of life as long as possible” Mr. Banach said during an interview broadcasted by CMU Public Radio, a station based in Central Michigan. The goal of hospice care is to ease the dying process, and many assume that hospice care rushes it. These interviews were a great way to reiterate one of the missions of hospice care to a community of listeners who may not know of its benefits.

In addition to dispelling some misconceptions about hospice, Mr. Banach addressed advance care planning, how to discuss the subject of end-of-life with family members, and how hospices can help families dealing with grief during the holidays.

When asked how to bring up the tough subject of end-of-life during his interview with Lousiana Network Radio, Mr. Banach said “talk not necessarily about the end of life, but talk about what people’s wishes are.”  Patients should receive the quality care that they want, and having this conversation when a lot of family members are present could ensure that their wishes are heard and met.

We are happy that Mr. Banach was able to share more information about hospice and palliative care with such a large audience and we hope that you will continue to spread the message as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month comes to a close.

Listen to Mr. Banach’s interviews with CMU Public Radio and Louisiana Network Radio below and keep your ears open and let us know if you hear Mr. Banach on a radio near you!

CMU Public Radio:


Louisiana Public Radio:

Are You Working on Thanksgiving???

Happy Thanksgiving!

Are you working today? If so, WE APPRECIATE YOU! In celebration of Thanksgiving and National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, we would like to show how truly THANKFUL we are for all of the dedicated hospice and palliative care providers who are delivering care to those facing the end of life over the holidays. You’re the heart of hospice!

With that being said, today we would like to brag about you. If you’re on Twitter, take a selfie and tag it with the #HospiceMonth. We’ll retweet you to show America that hospice is always there to help patients and their families – especially on the holidays!

Please include your profession, your state, and the program you work for. Remember when you post your photo, it will be shared publicly, so be respectful of HIPAA- no patients! Pics of you in your car, or at your desk, or with your fellow workers are all perfect. Are you trudging through the snow or rain? Show us! Are you on the subway or bus on your way to see patients? We wanna know!

Here is an example picture and post (and now you know what Lauren’s desk looks like!):

“Hi everyone, this is me, hard at work as the Advocacy & State Relations Manager at the Hospice Action Network in Alexandria, VA,  on #Thanksgiving, bc #hospice is always there! #HospiceMonth #hpm

Again, thanks for your wonderful work and dedication- we hope someone somewhere is saving you a plate of turkey! Gobble Gobble.

It’s National Hospice & Palliative Care Month!

I hope you have recovered from any Halloween frights! Now, as we enter National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, here is the latest Hospice and Palliative Care News Update:

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month:

  1. NHPCO Issues Proclamation for National Hospice and Palliative Care Month
  2. Join us for Social Media Day, Friday November 3!
  3. Access resources for National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

A great way to kick off National Hospice & Palliative Care Month is to complete our Action Alerts, and share them with your friends and coworkers!

News from the Hill

  1. Rural Access Update! We Have New Cosponsors!
  2. Please help us defend the non-partisan nature of non-profits. Learn more here. 

Regulatory Update

  1. NHPCO Participates in HHS Cut the Red Tape Summit

Good Reads

  1. NHPCO Releases New Facts & Figures: Hospice Care in America Report
  2. How Hospices Respond to Tragedy
  3. Tips for Choosing a Quality Hospice
  4. NHPCO Responds to No One is Coming Article

Multimedia Resources

  1. Newest Moments of Life Video shows benefits of music therapy
  2. Latest NHPCO Podcast: Building a Compliance Dashboard

Whats On the Horizon

  1. Veterans Day is November 11. Learn about the We Honor Veterans program, and invite your Members of Congress to attend your WHV Ceremonies! Need help? Email us and we can assist with making the invitation!

Additionally, please help us welcome Sydney Shepherd, our new Advocacy & Policy Coordinator, to the HAN Team!

Finally, a BIG THANK YOU to the many advocates who have reached out and contacted their Members of Congress this month! Whether it was an invitation to a We Honor Veterans Ceremony, requesting their support for a bill, or attempting to schedule an in-district meeting, we know so many of you are working hard to advocate for your patients and families! I know it can be very frustrating, and congressional schedules are notoriously hard to navigate, but I am so proud that so many of you stepped up this month! Fingers crossed that we see some great results!

As always, please stay in touch, and let us know if we can be helpful!

Introduction: Sydney Shepherd, our new Policy & Advocacy Coordinator

Hello everyone!  My name is Sydney Shepherd and I am excited to be the new Policy and Advocacy Coordinator for the Hospice Action Network.  Just this year, I had firsthand experience with the meaningful impact hospice and palliative care can have on patients and their family members and friends, which piqued my interest in NHPCO.  When my aunt was near the end of her life, my uncle expressed how grateful he was to have an in-house nurse who was so attentive and who made my aunt’s transition that much smoother.  This industry means a lot to so many, and joining this team is very significant to me.

Now, for a little bit more about Sydney.  I graduated from the University of Delaware in 2015 with a BA in Criminal Justice.  There, I was a track athlete, a member of the campus’s Cultural Programming Advisory Board, and actively involved in my sorority.  I love Octavia Butler novels, puppies, a strong cup of coffee and Kit Kat bars (shout out to NHPCO for giving me a whole bucket of them.  I don’t know what to do with myself!!).  I come to NHPCO with a little over 3 years of nonprofit experience.  Recently, I worked with NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, assisting with their effort to bring high quality broadband access to rural telecommunications providers.  Prior to, I worked for America’s Public Television Stations and had an internship at Community Advocates for Family and Youth, where I contributed to advocacy efforts on behalf of victims of crime.  Through my experiences, I’ve learned that a successful nonprofit employee truly cares about the members’ needs and is willing to go the extra mile to accomplish goals.  Well I’m used to running, so I’m definitely up for the challenge!

I hope to engage with some of you soon, and look forward to the work I can do to aid in HAN’s advocacy efforts.


Sydney Shepherd