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Plains Regional Medical Center Partnership Helps Veteran with End-of-Life Care

Release Date:

March 7, 2018

CLOVIS, N.M. – Plains Regional Medical Center (PRMC) is now a national partner of We Honor Veterans, a program developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve end-of-life care for veterans.

As a We Honor Veterans partner, PRMC's Home Healthcare and Hospice team will implement veteran-centered education for staff and volunteers to help improve care for veterans.  PRMC will have access to best practices and resources for end-of-life care for veterans, who represent one out of every four dying Americans.

"Veterans are an integral part of our community in Curry County," said Dick Smith, administrator, Plains Regional Medical Center. "It is our responsibility and privilege to care for them throughout their lives. Through We Honor Veterans, our team will have access to additional resources to improve end-of-life care for those who have served our country."

By recognizing the unique needs of our nation's veterans, PRMC will be better able to accompany veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending. In cases where there might be specific needs related to the veteran's  military service, combat experience or other traumatic events, PRMC will find tools to further support patients.

"VA shares a common goal with our nation's hospices, and that is to provide the best possible care specifically tailored for veterans, meeting their goals of care in their preferred setting," said J. Donald Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO. "As we focus on working together and unite our services and skills, We Honor Veterans will channel our combined strengths directly to veterans - wherever they are receiving care."

The resources of We Honor Veterans focus on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment, coupled with veteran-centric education of health care staff caring for veterans. To learn more visit: www.wehonorveterans.org.

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About Plains Regional Medical Center
Plains Regional Medical Center has been managed by Presbyterian Healthcare Services since 1975. Plains Regional Medical Center and Presbyterian Healthcare Services operate a hospital, cancer center, a primary care and specialty clinic, outpatient rehabilitation services and home healthcare and hospice services in Curry County. Plains Regional Medical Center is one of eight hospitals run by Presbyterian, which also has a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group.

Press Contact:

Amanda Schoenberg
Senior Corporate Communications Specialist
E-mail: aschoenbe@phs.org 
(575) 388-1132 or (831)332-5785