Hospice celebrates 20 years of helping patients
More than 100 people celebrated Hospice Southland's 20th anniversary yesterday with a dawn service, lunch and shared memories.
Hospice Southland chief executive officer Nicki Kitson said it was a day for past and present staff to get together, reminisce and celebrate 20 years of caring in the community.
The service was important in Southland, she said.
"We work with patients who know they're dying and we work with the families as well . . . it's a unique health service," Mrs Kitson said.
Hospice Southland encouraged families to be a part of the patients' care to the level they felt comfortable and helped them through their grief and loss, she said.
Yesterday's celebrations began with a dawn service and breakfast held at Hospice Southland, attended by about 50 people including the Pounamu Manaakitanga, staff and Hospice supporters.
This was followed by lunch for about 120 past and present staff and volunteers.
"We're thrilled with the turnout. We've had a really fantastic response. It's been great to have people come back," she said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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