Agrace HospiceCare News
- Posted on: Sunday, 14 August 2016 15:54
Agrace to Host RN Career Fair August 25
People interested in volunteering for Agrace also welcome
BARABOO, Wis. – Agrace is hosting an RN Career Fair on Thursday, August 25, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care, 1670 South Blvd., Baraboo. Agrace is a nonprofit health care agency that has provided end-of-life care and related services to people in Wisconsin communities for nearly 40 years.
Agrace is in need of evening and night nurses. All current opportunities are benefited positions and are eligible for a $4,000 bonus. It is not necessary to pre-register to attend the career fair. Nurses who bring their resume can have same-day interviews. More information about specific openings is available at Agrace.org/careers.
Agrace cares for people of all ages, including children, and honors the cultural and spiritual practices of all people. Agrace complements its professional hospice care with specially trained local volunteers, many of whom visit patients to provide companionship in their homes, in nursing or assisted living facilities.
Agrace’s Volunteer Services staff will also be on hand at the career fair to assist anyone who wants to start the process of becoming a volunteer. Agrace needs volunteers for many different roles, including specialized services such as therapy pet visits, hand massages, cosmetology, music and art. Prospective volunteers who cannot attend can contact Agrace’s Volunteer Services Team at (608) 327-7163 or visit agrace.org/volunteer.
- Posted on: Monday, 01 August 2016 15:54
Source: The Executive Committee (TEC)
Name: Lynne Myers
Company: Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care
Family: 3 Beautiful Children
TEC 15 member since 2015
Give TEC a brief history/overview of your company: Agrace is the largest non-profit hospice in Wisconsin. We are located in Madison, and have additional sites in Janesville, Baraboo, and Rockford, IL. Hospice care is available for those with a terminal illness whose life expectancy is 6 months or less. Agrace provides support for a patients emotional, social, and spiritual needs and enables them to be comfortable and free of pain. The focus of hospice is on quality of life, not curative treatments. Palliative care focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness. It is provided at any stage in a serious illness and often accompanies curative treatment.
On any given day, Agrace is caring for more than 720 hospice patients and 50 palliative care patients. Most all of the patients served by Agrace are cared for in their own homes.
What one piece of leadership advice would you offer to others. Be sure to really listen to the people who work for you. You’re the boss. No matter what, your ideas and opinions are going to ‘get on the table.’ Be sure to sit back and listen long enough to let your teams’ ideas get verbalized. Members of your team may be a bit skittish to voice contrary opinions once you’ve shared your perspective.
What are your interests outside of work. I do some volunteer work and enjoy working in the yard. However, I find much of my free time absorbed with transporting my children hither and yond.
How did you learn about TEC. A relatively new TEC chair was forming a new group in Madison, WI. He reached out to me.
What has TEC done for you personally and/or professionally. I have enjoyed getting to know the leaders of other important organizations in our community. Getting the perspective of leaders in different industries and different sized companies has been very interesting.
New “A Round with Agrace” Golf Outing to Benefit Sauk County Patients and Families Facing Serious Illness
- Posted on: Tuesday, 21 June 2016 15:54
On July 19, Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care will host an exciting, new golf event at Trappers Turn Golf Club. Proceeds will support Agrace’s nonprofit mission of compassionate care, including a program that provides free or discounted services to patients in Sauk County who cannot afford quality end-of-life care.
This fun summer getaway day in the Dells includes great food, games, prizes and 18 holes of golf on an award-winning course. Check-in opens at 9:30 a.m. on July 19, with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. A variety of sponsorship and group golf packages are available. The individual golfer price of just $175 includes a box lunch, drink ticket, 18 holes of golf with cart and entry to the post-golf appetizer reception. The event also features:
- Generous gift packages for every foursome—many of which include gift certificates for foursomes at other area courses
- Prizes for first-, second- and third-place foursomes
- The chance to win a motorcycle on a hole-in-one, courtesy of Sauk Prairie Harley-Davidson
Guests will share the day with generous community supporters, including Construction Business Group, Cost Cutters, Culver’s, Foremost Farms, Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison, Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells, Jack’s Tap, Johnson Bank, Our House, Retirement Specialists, Sauk Prairie Healthcare, and more!
Event sponsorships and registration fees from A Round with Agrace help Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care cover the cost of providing free or discounted care to local patients facing the challenges of serious illness. This often includes people whose insurance doesn’t adequately cover their care, those who are too young to have Medicare, and those whose lengthy or expensive medical treatment has left them without a cure—and with no way to pay for end-of-life care.
July 23 Agrace Volunteer Fair Lets Public Explore Opportunities for Hospice, Thrift Store Volunteering
- Posted on: Wednesday, 15 June 2016 15:54
In just a few hours a week, a person with time to share can bring joy into the life of another—whether by visiting a person who’s on hospice care or by helping customers at the Agrace Thrift Store. There are dozens of easy ways to support our community’s nonprofit hospice and come away feeling that you have gained more than you have given.
That’s the message Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care invites the community to hear at a volunteer information fair Saturday, July 23, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Agrace Thrift Store–East, 2402 E. Springs Drive, Madison. Staff and current volunteers will be on hand to talk about opportunities for adults to volunteer with Agrace’s hospice program or at its two Madison-area thrift stores.
In 2015, hundreds of trained volunteers donated nearly 77,000 hours in support of Agrace’s mission of compassionate care. Many helped raise funds by working in the Agrace thrift stores, while others provided companionship for patients, caregiver relief, or were simply a caring presence for patients and families in their homes.
Agrace needs additional volunteers now. The most immediate needs for volunteers to fill these roles on the Madison’s East Side and the adjacent suburbs:
- Help prepare donations for sale and run the cash register at the Agrace Thrift Store on East Springs Drive, Madison (near East Towne Mall)
- Visit patients living on the East Side or in Sun Prairie to provide companionship, help caregivers run errands and assist with basic housekeeping
- Provide specialized services, such as therapy dog visits or licensed cosmetology services, or assist patients with music and art
Prospective volunteers who cannot attend the volunteer fair can contact Agrace’s Volunteer Services Team at (608) 327-7163 or visit agrace.org/volunteer.
- Posted on: Tuesday, 31 May 2016 15:54
A huge thanks to Log Cabin Family Restaurant in Baraboo for donating the delicious apple, blueberry & cherry pies for the Memorial Day Celebration Agrace sponsored at Columbia Health Care Center in Wyocena. Thanks also to Agrace's David Knoche for serving up the pie!
Photo as published in the Portage Daily Register.