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Mounted Patrol lifts spirits with visit to Agrace patients

Sunday, September 4, 2016

FITCHBURG (WKOW) — Patients at a hospice facility in the Madison area are getting some unique care.

Members of the Madison Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Unit took some time off work Wednesday afternoon to visit patients and their families at Agrace Hospicecare in Fitchburg.

The interaction can be uplifting for people who are coping with the stresses of end of life care.

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Agrace President & CEO Lynne Sexten Named TEC August Spotlight Member

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Name: Lynne Sexten

Company: Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care
Industry: Healthcare
Employees: 610
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.

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New “A Round with Agrace” Golf Outing to Benefit Sauk County Patients & Families Facing Serious Illness

Monday, July 4, 2016

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.

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Agrace HospiceCare Getting Groundskeeping Help from Goats

Saturday, June 4, 2016

As reported by Hannah Flood on NBC15

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – Agrace Hospice Care is getting help from a group of goats who are cleaning up their unwanted plant overgrowth.

This is the second year Agrace has hired the goats to come in and clean up their brush. They say it only costs about $3 a day and allows them to get rid of unwanted plants without the use of chemicals.

The Green Goats is a service based out of Kenosha and Green County Wisconsin. Depending on how much land the goats are hired to clear, you can rent their services for days at a time.

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Memorial Day Celebration Honoring Veterans

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A hugeveteran-honored-wyocena-memorial-day-celebration 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.

Local businesses partner to help grieving children

Thursday, May 12, 2016

As reported by Jason Busch in In Business Magazine

When a loved one dies, a lot of attention naturally goes toward that individual — honoring their life and ensuring their end-of-life intentions are fulfilled.

Survivors can become an afterthought, especially children who might seem like they’re okay but only because they haven’t yet learned how to understand and properly cope with death.

A new resource is now being made available locally to children who are grieving and learning to cope with the loss of a loved one through a partnership between National Guardian Life Insurance Company (NGL) and Thysse Printing Service. Through their collaboration, Agrace Hospice and Palliative Care received 500 copies of When Someone Dies: A Child-Caregiver Activity Book created by the National Alliance for Grieving Children.

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Agrace Affiliates with UW Health and UnityPoint Health

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

On April 19, 2016, Agrace announced an exciting new affiliation with two major Madison-area health systems: UW Health and UnityPoint Health.

Here are highlights of the new partnership:

  • The goal of this affiliation is to enhance each organization’s ability to effectively serve the end-of-life needs of people in southern Wisconsin.
  • This affiliation will focus on improving patients’ care throughout their health care journey, which is clearly in keeping with Agrace’s mission and vision.Agrace’s expertise will help these health systems meet the needs of their patients, who increasingly want high-quality hospice care as an option at the end of life.
  • Agrace’s patients will benefit from the increasing collaboration and the exchange of quality information between us and our two health system partners.UW Health and UnityPoint are committing to let Agrace lead the way in hospice and palliative care in the communities we serve by collaborating, rather than competing.

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Grandma’s Garden

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

As reported by Heather Punke, Well Community: Chicago’s North Side

This is the first installment in a three-part series profiling community gardeners from the Peterson Garden Project.

The Javenkoski boys with Grandma’s watermelon
in a Chicago community garden
Photo credit: Laura Mathews, Punk Rock Gardens

It’s just a four-by-eight foot box of soil near Lawrence Avenue. But for Lincoln Square resident Jim Javenkoski, the raised bed garden is a memorial where he can think about his late mother Mary, who passed away in May following a brief but intense battle with cancer.

“Our garden is a place of comfort for me, at a time when I really need it,” Javenkoski said.

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