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Nashville, Tennessee
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Sunday, August 19, 2001
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Jf The TENNESSEAN 2 1 st Century 1 PARTNERS IN THE COMMUNITY Each week, we profile a non-profit or community organization dedicated to improving life in our community. Please support these groups with your contribution. For information on appearing in The Tennessean Partner Page, please call 259-8362 SPOTLIGHT Alive Hospice, Inc. 1718 Patterson Street Nashville, TN 37203 (615) 327-1085 1-800-327-1085 Janet L. Jones, R.N., B.S.N., FAAMA, President and CEO Alive Hospice Board of Directors Melinda Srebnick, Chair Dr. Eric Raefsky Norman Urmy , Treasurer John Robinson Granbery Jackson, Secretary Dennis Rogers Clare Armistead Marvin Runyon Kim C.Drake Walter Searcy Frances Edwards Dr. John Strupp Howard Gentry, Jr. Pete Tellez Sister Priscilla Grimes Dr. Jan vanEys Elizabeth Knox Jeremy Werthan Scott Noonan Tracy Wimberly Nancy Peterson Goals To increase community awareness about their services most especially The Residence at Alive Hospice, The Grief Center at Alive Hospice and the homecare program. Alive Hospice also wants to help educate the public regarding end-of-life issues. w twin M'-J. -I President and CEO Janet L Jones receives JUive Hospice's 2000 Community Service Award from the Tennessee Medical Association's Board Chair James 0. King. AGENCY OFFERS INDEPENDENCE AND DIGNITY TO TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS AND FAMILIES History Through the fall of 1974 and spring of 1975, a group of physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, clergymen, nurses, philosophers and bereaved persons met and held informal discussions. All were concerned about the special issues facing people who were coping with dying, death and grief. Each brought his or her perspective about a need that was not being met by existing social services agencies in the Nashville area. The informal meetings later changed into planning sessions and led to the founding of Alive, Incorporated, a center for services, education and research related to life threatening illness, death, grief and bereavement. ALIVE was granted a charter as a non-profit organization on November 14, 1975. In 1980, the agency's name was changed to Alive Hospice of Nashville, Incorporated in order to reflect plans to expand into the provision of Hospice Team Home Health Care. In 1982 Alive-Hospice became licensed as a Home Health Agency in Tennessee. The Medicare Hospice Benefit passed both houses of Congress and was signed into law in 1983, providing an optional hospice benefit for Medicare eligible terminal patients. In 1993, Alive Hospice of Nashville, Incorporated changed its name again to Alive Hospice, Incorporated, to reflect their broader service area. In 1996 a community-based task force was formed to explore the need for a hospice residence to serve Middle Tennessee. The task force determined that a residence was needed and that Alive Hospice would be the best agency to design, construct, equip and staff the residence. On July 21, 1998, Alive held a groundbreaking ceremony for Middle Tennessee's first hospice residence. Funding Medicare Commercial Insurance TennCare DonationsMemorial Gifts 59 11 9 21 Wish List Volunteers are needed to: work shifts in The Residence at Alive Hospice, provide care to patients in their homes, provide bereavement care to families, provide support in the administrative office, or serve on the Speaker's Bureau. Pet Therapy, Music Enrichment, Massage Therapy and Hair Care volunteers are needed for our residence and home care programs. All volunteers receive training before they begin their service. Activities andor fundraising events Alive Hospice has one signature event each year, the Friends for Life concert series at the Bluebird Cafe For approximately 15 nights in January (the number of nights varies slightly each year), songwriters perform In The Round. One hundred percent of the admissions to those evenings support Alive Hospice. Most Memorable event it was a proud day for Alive Hospice and the Middle Tennessee community when The Residence at Alive Hospice was opened on June 25, 2000. Since then, The Residence has provided a home-like environment for our patients who cannot remain in their own homes. The Residence is designed to create a warm, home-like environment. A library, a music room, a sanctuary, a chapel, and the Jack C. Massey Family Room are a few of the spaces visitors and residents can enjoy. For More Information For more information contact Alice Hospice at either (615) 327-1085 or 1-800-327-1085. They are also online at www.alivehospice.ore. 40 Sunday. August 19, 2001 THE TENNESSEAN

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