HHHC receives Seven Seals Award for veterans program

MERRIMACK – Home Health & Hospice Care recently received the Seven Seals Award from the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office, for its We Honor Veterans program.

The Seven Seals Award is one of the ESGR’s highest distinctions. It is the organizations only award not tied to having Guard members in employment, but instead to an organization’s larger achievement or service to military families and veterans in the community.

HHHC’s We Honor Veterans program was implemented two years ago, making a significant difference in the quality of life for veteran patients and to honor their contributions to the community.

"The Seven Seals award is only presented to those organizations and individuals who go above and beyond in their support of service members from all branches of the United States military," said New Hampshire ESGR’s vice chairman, Arthur Andrew. "HHHC provides a wonderful variety of specialized services to our honorable veteran soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen, National Guard, reserve and active component as they fight their final battle before taps are played at their final resting place."

The We Honor Veterans program helps to meet the unique needs of veterans at end of life by first identifying on admission that a patient is a veteran using a military history checklist.

This helps to recognize and evaluate the impact of the veteran’s experience, which may or may not have included combat and traumatic events.

HHHC uses that information to form a more comprehensive assessment by the interdisciplinary team, made up of physicians, medical social workers, nurses, therapists, spiritual care, bereavement and volunteers.

The award ceremony was held at HHHC’s Community Hospice House in Merrimack, where numerous HHHC staff and volunteers and members of the ESGR gathered to celebrate the achievement. Sandra Duggan, HHHC’s We Honor Veterans task force chairwoman, accepted the award on behalf of the agency.

"I was honored to accept the prestigious Seven Seals Award on behalf of HHHC and all of our volunteers and staff who are so dedicated to serving the unique needs of veterans in our care," she said.

"We are committed to recognizing and thanking each and every veteran in every way we can for the personal sacrifices they have made to protect our country."

HHHC is looking to expand its corps of active military and veteran volunteers to support the We Honor Veterans program through participation in recognition ceremonies or by making a direct veteran-to-veteran connection with a patient. Military service is its own distinct culture, so the shared language and experience of veterans may create an immediate bond.

Veteran volunteers have the unique ability to relate and connect with veteran patients and their families. Patients may share or process things in confidence with a fellow veteran that they are not able to share with family members or their hospice care team.

To volunteer, contact volunteer manager Tanya Prather at Tanya.Prather@hhhc.org or 557-2806.

HHHC receives Seven Seals Award for veterans program

MERRIMACK – Home Health & Hospice Care recently received the Seven Seals Award from the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office, for its We Honor Veterans program.

The Seven Seals Award is one of the ESGR’s highest distinctions. It is the organizations only award not tied to having Guard members in employment, but instead to an organization’s larger achievement or service to military families and veterans in the community.

HHHC’s We Honor Veterans program was implemented two years ago, making a significant difference in the quality of life for veteran patients and to honor their contributions to the community.

"The Seven Seals award is only presented to those organizations and individuals who go above and beyond in their support of service members from all branches of the United States military," said New Hampshire ESGR’s vice chairman, Arthur Andrew. "HHHC provides a wonderful variety of specialized services to our honorable veteran soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen, National Guard, reserve and active component as they fight their final battle before taps are played at their final resting place."

The We Honor Veterans program helps to meet the unique needs of veterans at end of life by first identifying on admission that a patient is a veteran using a military history checklist. This helps to recognize and evaluate the impact of the veteran’s experience, which may or may not have included combat and traumatic events.

HHHC uses that information to form a more comprehensive assessment by the interdisciplinary team, made up of physicians, medical social workers, nurses, therapists, spiritual care, bereavement and volunteers.

The award ceremony was held at HHHC’s Community Hospice House in Merrimack, where numerous HHHC staff and volunteers and members of the ESGR gathered to celebrate the achievement. Sandra Duggan, HHHC’s We Honor Veterans task force chairwoman, accepted the award on behalf of the agency.

"I was honored to accept the prestigious Seven Seals Award on behalf of HHHC and all of our volunteers and staff who are so dedicated to serving the unique needs of veterans in our care," she said. "We are committed to recognizing and thanking each and every veteran in every way we can for the personal sacrifices they have made to protect our country.

"As we expand our We Honor Veterans program, we look forward to partnering with ESGR to identify and create new opportunities to support veterans."

HHHC is looking to expand its corps of active military and veteran volunteers to support the We Honor Veterans program through participation in recognition ceremonies or by making a direct veteran-to-veteran connection with a patient. Military service is its own distinct culture, so the shared language and experience of veterans may create an immediate bond.

Veteran volunteers have the unique ability to relate and connect with veteran patients and their families. Patients may share or process things in confidence with a fellow veteran that they are not able to share with family members or their hospice care team.

HHHC views this as a critical component to not only support the physical needs, but also to serve the unique mental, emotional and social needs of its veteran patients.

To volunteer, contact volunteer manager Tanya Prather at Tanya.Prather@hhhc.org or 557-2806.