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Agrace Thrift Store to Celebrate Achieving Dementia-friendly Status at April 18 Ceremony

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Thanks to special staff training, the Agrace Thrift Store on Madison’s West Side is being recognized as “dementia-friendly” by the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Dane County.

On Thursday, April 18, at 10:30 a.m., Agrace Thrift Store–West staff, volunteers and supporters will host a ceremony celebrating the store’s new “dementia-friendly” status. The community is invited to dress in purple for dementia awareness and visit the store at 118 Junction Road, Madison, for a ribbon-cutting presentation.

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Agrace’s González Joins National Hospice Diversity Council

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Brenda González, diversity manager for Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care, has been selected to serve on the Diversity Advisory Council of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).

Since 2016, González has led Agrace’s efforts to improve access to hospice and palliative care among multicultural and underserved patients. She also helps ensure that Agrace’s staff and volunteer workforce reflects the diversity of the communities it serves. She coordinates medical interpreter services for Agrace patients and their families who need language assistance, guides Agrace’s Advancing Equity & Inclusion Committee and leads opportunities for local students of color to learn about career opportunities with Agrace.

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Agrace Brings Hospice Care to Platteville Area; Volunteers Sought

Thursday, January 17, 2019

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — People who are in the final months of life in eastern Grant, Lafayette and western Iowa counties now have greater access to high-quality home hospice care. Agrace HospiceCare, the largest nonprofit hospice based in Wisconsin, has expanded its service area locally and opened an office in Platteville at 1015 N. Elm Street.

Agrace started in Madison, where it has offered end-of-life care for 40 years. In the past six years Agrace has steadily extended its services into Wisconsin counties where there is limited access to local in-home end-of-life care. The agency also has offices in Baraboo and Rockford, Ill., and hospice inpatient units in Madison and Janesville.

Adding more of southwest Wisconsin to its service area is a decision passionately supported by Agrace staff who grew up in or now live in these areas, including Kristy Scoville, a registered nurse and clinical team manager from Blanchardville. “This expansion is important to me because this is the area where I grew up. I have family and friends in this area and would love for them to have the choice of excellent care at the end of life,” Scoville said.

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Agrace Receives Dorothy Height Award for Diversity in the Workplace

Monday, November 26, 2018

Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care has been named recipient of the 2018 YWCA Rock County Dorothy Height Award for Diversity in the Workplace. The award was presented to Agrace’s Tami Kellerman, Brenda Gonzalez and past Foundation Board Member Linda Krohn at the fourth Annual YWCA Rock County Racial Justice Conference “Building Bridges to Eliminate Racism” on November 8.

The Dorothy Height Award for Diversity in the Workplace recognizes a business within Rock County that demonstrates that it recognizes the strengths provided by racial diversity. The business must also exhibit a sustained commitment in the pursuit of cultural diversity, inclusion and retention in the workplace.

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Hospice Patient Sees Packer Game in Wish Come True

Monday, November 19, 2018

Francis Thompson, an 86-year-old Prairie du Sac resident and life-long Green Bay Packers fan, had a wish come true October 15 when he was able to attend the Packers’ Monday Night Football game at Lambeau Field. Francis’ wish was made possible by his Baraboo-based nurse, CNA and social worker from Agrace HospiceCare.

“After a lifetime of watching the Packers play, this was Francis’ first time seeing them play in person,” said Tina Hohn, Thompson’s nurse case manager with Agrace. “Francis talks about it every time I see him. He says, ‘I still can’t believe I made it to the game!’”

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Editorial: Step up to help Agrace meet matching grant

Friday, October 5, 2018

Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care, the area nonprofit that regularly is praised for the quality of its end of life services to thousands of local people, needs your help.

Back in August, a group of donors in honor of Agrace’s 40th anniversary combined to pledge $400,000 to the nonprofit’s campaign to raise money for its “Care for All” endowment.

Just one catch: The donations required Agrace to raise a matching $400,000 by Oct. 14.

Unfortunately, the campaign is in danger of falling short of the match. While Agrace has been able to raise $250,000, it needs some good donations in the coming week to reach the match.

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Executives share how to make businesses great places to work

Friday, September 21, 2018

As reported in Madison Magazine

Executives from the companies chosen as Best Places to Work 2018 share some tricks they’ve learned along the way on how to make successful businesses.

Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care 
“Agrace’s culture is a culture of engagement that’s built around listening to employees’ needs, collaborating with them to build solutions and putting those solutions into action. By consistently applying that problem-solving algorithm, we create an environment where employees speak their minds, expect to be heard and real change happens.”
— Lynne Sexten, president and CEO

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Employees put on Race for Agrace to help patients

Sunday, September 16, 2018

FITCHBURG (WKOW) — Employees at Agrace Hospice are helping their patients pay for care.

The Race for Agrace is a one-mile fun walk and timed 5K to support the nonprofit Care for All Foundation. Care for All provides free or discounted services to patients who can’t afford end of life or palliative care.

The run was organized by Agrace employees who wanted to help their patients.

“We hope through the race to raise about $33-thousand. Also really exciting is we have a match campaign right now going for our Care for All Foundation, so that those dollars should be able to be matched to help us achieve the final $1 million that we hope to raise for Care for All,” said Chris Hammer, a nurse with Agrace.

This was the second annual Race for Agrace.

Agrace is a non-profit, community-supported agency with offices in Madison, Janesville, Baraboo and Rockford.

Race for Agrace

Outlets at The Dells Shopping Extravaganza to Benefit Agrace

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Agrace has been chosen as one of 10 nonprofit beneficiaries of this year’s Outlets at The Dells Shopping Extravaganza. The Extravaganza takes place Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 210 North Gasser Road in Baraboo.

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