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Meet A Volunteer Rock Star: Rhonda Schwenn

Thursday, November 2, 2017

As Reported by Volunteer Wisconsin

Congratulations to Rhonda Schwenn, our newest Volunteer Rock Star!

Agrace HospiceCare, Inc. is grateful to have a Volunteer Rock Star like Rhonda Shwenn. Rhonda has graciously given more than 500 hours and two years to the organization. On average, she makes between six and ten patient visits a week, each an hour long. During these visits, Schwenn exudes a tremendous amount of patience, kindness, and dedication to Agrace HospiceCare. Laura Komjathy, Volunteer Coordinator at Agrace, remarks that staff members appreciate Rhonda as much as the patients do. “Rhonda’s work with our patients is appreciated and often mentioned by Agrace Clinical staff, who see her interacting with patients out in the service areas she works in. Rhonda’s kindness and patience with difficult patients, and dedication to returning to visits week after week even when they get verbally hostile or it takes an emotional toll to continue when she gets no outward shows of appreciation from patients, is commendable, and is recognized by staff as a special gift.”

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A Gentle Giant, Gizmo Brightens Lives of Hospice Patients

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Belinda Johnson and her gentle canine giant, Gizmo, have been creating smiles in Rockford’s hospitals, skilled nursing homes, assisted livings and other community residential facilities for three years. So when Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care expanded into Rockford in 2016, Johnson saw another opportunity for Gizmo to relieve some of the stress and loneliness often brought on by a life-limiting illness.  

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Mary Golembeck, NP, Joins Agrace’s New PalliaHealth Program

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Mary Golembeck of Belvidere, Ill., has joined Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care as nurse practitioner for its new palliative care service, PalliaHealth by Agrace. Golembeck will visit patients across the stateline area who are struggling with poorly controlled symptoms and stress related to having a serious illness.

PalliaHealth by Agrace provides specialized, supportive care designed to improve comfort and reduce stress for people who have serious illnesses. Unlike hospice care, the palliative care services provided by PalliaHealth are appropriate at any point during a serious illness, including while a person continues to receive treatment that’s intended to cure their illness.

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Agrace Veterans Task Force Seeks Sock Donations for Homeless Veterans

Monday, October 9, 2017

The Veterans Task Force at Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care is collecting new socks for distribution to Madison-area homeless veterans, as part of Agrace’s volunteer support of Madison’s Stand Down Day. The community is encouraged to drop off sock donations at the reception desk at Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison. Donations will be accepted until noon on Friday, October 27.

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The 2017 Best Places to Work

Friday, September 22, 2017

As reported by Karen Michel of Madison Magazine

The difference between a good workplace and an outstanding one depends on certain factors. For some, it could be the friendly company culture and the caliber of co-workers that tip the scale toward being a stellar workplace. For others, it may be competitive pay and special perks. When it comes to keeping employees happy and productive, 35 Madison-area companies in this year’s Best Places to Work survey seem to have captured the right balance.

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Rev. Charles Olson Joins Agrace as Spiritual and Grief Counselor

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care has hired Rockford pastor Charles “Chuck” Olson as Spiritual and Grief Counselor on Agrace’s Rockford-based hospice care team. With an office at 7290 Argus Drive in Rockford, Agrace is a local, nonprofit palliative care and hospice agency, providing end-of-life care and related services to people in four counties in northern Illinois.

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A place to talk at new Agrace Grief Support Center

Friday, September 8, 2017

As Reported by Helu Wang of Unified Newspaper Group

After her sister passed away two months ago, Staci Hannes had trouble handling her emotions.

Hannes still tears up whenever she mentions any upcoming events related to her sister – her anniversary and birthday and their family’s beach bash.

She learned how to move on by talking about it.

 Last Friday was the second time Staci and her daughter Annabelle Hannes shared their feelings with counselors at the month-old Agrace Grief Support Center.

“I felt really good when I left last time. Now I can remember and love my sister, but take care of myself at the same time,” Hannes said.

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Community Invited to Agrace Grief Support Center

Friday, September 1, 2017

Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care, the community’s nonprofit hospice since 1978, is expanding its grief support services by opening a standalone grief support center in Fitchburg. The new Agrace Grief Support Center is hosting a community open house on Thursday, September 14, 2017, from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the center, 2906 Marketplace Drive in Fitchburg. A ribbon cutting will take place at 4 p.m.

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Agrace HospiceCare to Host Free Grief 101 Session in Baraboo and Reedsburg September 7

Thursday, August 17, 2017

BARABOO, Wis. – When grieving the death of a loved one, it’s difficult to know what to expect. As local experts on issues involving death and dying, Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care is hosting free “Grief 101” presentations in Baraboo and Reedsburg on Thursday, September 7. The Reedsburg presentation will take place at the Reedsburg Library, 370 Vine Street, Reedsburg, from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  The Baraboo presentation will be at Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care, 1670 South Boulevard in Baraboo, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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