EL CENTRO – In recognition of its 20th anniversary of providing care and support to patients and their families and for a commitment to making a difference in the lives of others during challenging times, State Sen. Ben Hueso presented Hospice of Imperial Valley with a certificate of recognition Friday morning during a special presentation at the hospice facility.
Founded in 1996 by Linda Marrs R.N., Hospice of Imperial Valley (HOIV), a full-service end of life care provider, has been dedicated to serving the Imperial County community over the last two decades addressing the medical, physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs of its patients, according to Hueso.
“I am totally humbled to have our senator (Hueso) here visiting our facility and being recognized by him,” said Marrs. “We not only give to our patients who need us in their homes when they are writing their last chapters in their lives, but also we give back to the community.”
HOIV provides services to approximately 32 patients per day, at little to no cost to the patient, wherever they reside. Services are available to persons who can no longer benefit from curative treatment when the typical life expectancy of a patient is six months or less.
“I am here to recognize your work and your passion in helping people through the worst time in their lives,” said Hueso. “Having had some family members in hospice, I understand the importance of the services you (HOIV) provide to our community and wanted to thank you personally.”
Hospice services are provided by a team of 28 trained professionals, which includes a medical director, registered nurses, licensed social workers, a licensed vocational nurse, consultants, certified home health aides, physical therapists, occupational therapists, a dietitian, medical social workers, chaplains, volunteers and skilled nursing consultants. The staff provides medical care and support services not only to the patients, but to the entire family.
Referrals can be made by family members, friends, clergy or health professionals. All patients of Hospice of Imperial Valley receive the same level of care regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or national origin.
HOIV also serves as a teaching facility for counseling and social worker students at local junior colleges, the University of Phoenix, and San Diego State University, who attend to complete internships in addition to the Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program for certified nursing assistants.
The city of El Centro will also recognize HOIV with a proclamation in the month of August.
Denise Thornburg, a critical care registered nurse with HOIV received a certificate of recognition from Hueso in honor of her 43 years of dedicated nursing services to Imperial County residents, for her selfless commitment to improve the lives of others and for her desire to help others through community involvement.
“Nursing is an important profession, even more today with the expansion of healthcare,” said Hueso. “You (Thornburg) have been an important part of delivering healthcare services to our community. You have an amazing track record and are very grateful to your service.”