What My Hospice means is different to each individual and family we serve. For My Hospice Ambassadors, like Honey Goodman, it means acting as a leader in their state to support Medicare’s first coordinated care model and protect the Medicare Hospice Benefit.

My Hospice Ambassadors are hospice and palliative care professionals with an interest in advocacy who work with NHPCO to facilitate on-going outreach and relationship development with federal policymakers.

Here Ambassador Honey Goodman answers what My Hospice means to her:

How did you first get involved with hospice?

Treasure Valley Hospice began providing services in Idaho 10 years ago. I was recruited to assist with business development to get the company off of the ground. I instantly knew Hospice was my calling.

What do you like best about your job?

Everything!  I have always said if I must work, I want to make a difference doing it.  Hospice is so rewarding.  Each of us only gets one chance to die well. With the assistance of a great team of professionals, we can help individuals make this journey a time of peace and celebration of life.

What motivates your advocacy and why do you think others should get involved?

Death is a stage of life. The importance of preserving the hospice benefit has never been more important than it is right now. Hospice honors the individual’s choices, honors wishes and, in many cases, strengthens family units by providing more opportunity to create more memories with loved ones.

What does My Hospice mean to you?

My Hospice is a wonderful avenue in which people can express what hospice means to them. For me, HOSPICE IS LOVE and gives people the opportunity to LIVE until they have taken their last breath!

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