Silent  Art Auction Tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow to make a start on your holiday gift giving! Our annual Miniature
Masterpieces reception starts at 5:30 p.m. with final bids being taken at 7:00 p.m.
Thanks to Heather Henley, editor of DO Savannah for judging and to Blick Art
Materials for providing prizes. More details can be found on our Hospice Savannah Art Gallery.

Pictured is first place artist Sandy Branam's painting "Surprise".
Miriam Urizar Rittmeyer paintings

"A Colorful Passport to the World" will hang November 8 through early 2015. Join Dr. Rittmeyer and photographer Devon Murphy at the Hospice Savannah Art Gallery next Thursday, November 13th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A native of Guatemala, Miriam recently served as Executive Director for the Community Health Mission.

There will be traditional music, delicious Middle Eastern and South American foods and lariat-style necklaces from her "Raindrops" jewelry collection. Full details  here.
23rd Annual Tree of Light

Bring meaning to this year's holiday season by attending our candle-lighting and memorial gathering on the grounds of Hospice House  on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 5:15 p.m.

Seating is available and the event will be moved indoors in the event of rain. Make a
gift to honor the memory of your loved one here or call 912.629.1055. Donations help support the many grief and loss services provided at no charge by the bereavement
staff and volunteers of Full Circle.
Thank you donors!

Our Celeste C. and Robert H. Demere, Jr. Center for Living is now under construction off Chatham Parkway. Pictured above are donors Ernie Lee and Lois Wooten.

Click here to see more pictures from our fun recognition event held recently at Bonna Bella Yacht Club.
Caring Tips for Caregivers

Creation of our Edel Caregiver Institute is progressing. We are excited to bring a curriculum of educational support to community caregivers later next year.

We loved this blog by Julie Baumgardner describing a caregiver's mini-breakdown and the helpful tools she subsequently identified.
Joe Marcus, homecare volunteer

We're not supposed to have favorites (!) but without fail, our nurses, social workers, chaplains, and nursing assistants ask if volunteer Joe Marcus is available to provide friendship and companionship to their patients. A kind and humble man, Joe has been with us for over a decade, quietly helping families and their loved ones.  Watch his interview on WTOC's Senior Active show here.

Currently we are in need of volunteers to visit homecare patients in and around Pooler, Rincon and Hinesville.  Click here to find out more.
Our Tuskegee Airman

As mentioned in last month's issue, WWII veteran and patient Mrs. Amelia Jones was recently given the red jacket and inducted into the ranks of Tuskegee Airmen.  Click here for news story and video.

This is a very exciting achievement for our Hospice Savannah's We Honor Veterans  program and we are grateful to the many military personnel who helped make this happen.
A Consumer's Guide to Hospice

We applaud  The Washington Post's efforts to show that not all hospices are the same. Access the guide here.

Hospice Savannah is the only Joint Commission accredited hospice in our area and we are proud of our "live discharge" rate of 10% compared with our for-profit competitors who discharge up to 68% of their patients. A high live-discharge rate implies that patients were admitted into hospice care too early, before they met the strict hospice criteria,  and may be a red flag to Medicare of possible  fraud.
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