The Home Care & Hospice Foundation was created to meet, as necessary, the gap between the agency’s income and costs, staff education, and training, equipment purchases and maintenance, facility improvements and fundraising costs, with an overall objective to provide high quality hospice and home care to every area citizen regardless of ability to pay.
The Foundation Board is made up of area citizens and staff, who study needs and opportunities, plan fundraising, and set goals and time tables for implementation of activities. The Foundation is a not-for-profit organization and operates on fundraisers and donations.
April 25th, 2001
“Dreams do come true for new Home Care and Hospice Foundation of Pike County after two years.”
This was the heading for the Louisiana Press Journal’s June 20, 2001 article about the creation of the foundation.
Since that first meeting on April 25th, 2001 the foundation, with its donations, has helped over 3,000 patients and community citizens. “Donations have been used for care of indigent patients, to pay for costly medications that patients need to maintain a level of comfort in the dying process. In addition, blood transfusions needed to enhance quality of life that are not reimbursed under the Medicare benefit have been paid for through the donation account.”
Mr. Siefkas, Chairman of the board of directors, said “Now the dream continues that this area can have Hospice and Home Health services that are adequately funded and able to provide the best services to the patients regardless of ability to pay.”
Pike County Health Department, Home Health & Hospice has a passionate staff that are all dedicated to providing the necessary care to their community. Patient care will continue to be greatly enhanced with the financial support of the foundation. – Louisiana Press Journal
Current members: Front row: Talley Saucier, Nellie Wamsley, Fern Grote, Melaney Mathis (chairman); Back row: Art Flynn, Kent Betts, Bill Unsell, Sonya Gilbert (vice-chairman), Jim Hansen, Elisha Koenig, Linda Luebrecht, Linda Korte, Jennifer Schumacher (event coordinator) and Chris Deeken (president); Not pictured: Susie Oberdahlhoff, Mike McCrory, Amy Becker, Dorothy Brown, and Cathy Martin
Annually, the Home Care & Hospice Foundation of Pike County awards one lucky nursing student a $1,500 scholarship.
The Home Care & Hospice Foundation knows that our amazing nurses are the backbone of Pike County Hospice, and they want to entice more compassionate individuals to pursue
nursing and help change the lives of our community members. It’s a very rewarding career, both monetarily and emotionally. Making a difference in people’s lives and making them smile is not something that you can achieve in any career. As a nurse, you’ll make a huge difference in people’s lives. A caring and compassionate nurse is considered as a guardian angel by patients. This can be a very satisfying and gratifying career for the compassionate.
The Home Care & Hospice Foundation of Pike County’s Nursing Scholarship Application is available every January, and will award one $1,500 nursing scholarship this year to a student or adult pursuing a nursing career. The criteria will be as follows:
- The recipient shall be a high school graduate or equivalent.
- One scholarship in the amount of $1,500 shall be awarded for the 2016-2017 school year.
- Quantity and amount of scholarships will be determined each year by the governing body of the Home Care & Hospice Foundation of Pike County.
- The scholarship money ($750 after the first semester is completed and $750 after the second semester is completed) will be issued directly to the student upon receipt of the following:
- Report of first semester grades
- Proof of enrollment as a full-time (minimum of 12 hours) student
- Student of good standing
- Second semester money will be issued upon receipt of the following:
- Report of second semester grades
- Proof of enrollment as a full-time student
- Student of good standing
- Financial need shall be a consideration, but not a priority.
- Involvement in school and or community activities will be considered
- Consideration will be given to the applicant’s potential to succeed.
A Committee from the Home Care & Hospice Foundation of Pike County Board shall judge the applications.
Adult Application 2017 (Adults are those that have already graduated high school.)
Student Application 2017 (Students are those currently enrolled in high school level education.)
Why are you passionate about the foundation, and what encouraged you to become a member of the Home Care & Hospice Foundation of Pike County?
“My mother in law. She was our families ROCK! The foundation board helps enrich & encourage the growth of the hospice program. Our family would have been lost without the compassionate care we received during her battle with Cancer.”
– Elisha Koenig, Board Member since April 2014
“ I am so thankful for our agency… for all the things we do for our people in our community, especially the children with the Cookies and Cocoa with Santa, the Easter egg hunt… so many would not be able to see Santa or the Easter Bunny. We are able to meet so many patient’s needs for people on hospice or that have come home from the hospital and in need of our care. One of the main reasons i am a member of the board and try to do so much is because when I was little and growing up, my mom was raising seven kids all by herself and if it had not been for this community I am not sure where we would have ended up. We were given baskets of goodies at thanksgiving and Christmas, and given a pool membership every summer. I look back and think that there had to be someone on a board somewhere who wanted to help families like mine in need. So I am here to pass it on.”
– Sonya Gilbert, Vice Chairman , Board Member since ____
“I think Home Health and Hospice is a great thing for our community personally seen what has been done for our community members as well as my relatives just recently my cousin Mike,as well as my grandmother and father-n-law. Without this great out pour of help people of need with their love ones would be facing a harder and more difficult time. So anytime someone is there to help people in need id like to be apart of it.”
– Kent Betts, Board Member since January 2014
“My first experience with Pike County Home Health & Hospice was when a dear friend was dying of cancer. When visiting her I saw first hand the wonderful care and love her and her family was receiving during this very difficult time. Such a comfort this was to me and a memory I have never forgotten. When I retired I was asked to serve on the Home Care & Hospice Foundation Board and could not think of a more worthwhile board to serve and be a part of. Since being on the board my mother required the help of Home Health and soon afterwards hospice care. She so looked forward to the caring employees of PCHH and their smiling faces. Our community is truly blessed to have this service with the dedicated and caring employees who work for PCHH.”
– Nellie Wamsley, Board Member since April 2012
The Home Care & Hospice Foundation of Pike County helped develop a “Memorial Border” of specific beautiful trees surrounding the PCHD building. Families who have had a loved one under our hospice care were given the opportunity to purchase one of these trees and dedicate it to the memory of their lost loved one by inscribing their name in a beautiful granite stone that lay beneath. In addition to the memorial tree’s there are future plans for an expansion to the border so that families are still able to dedicate in memory of their loved ones.
Enable Pike County Hospice to provide hospice care to patients and families regardless of their ability to pay. We are a not-for-profit 501(c)3, charitable organization. Any donations designated for hospice care are issued to assist patients and families served by Pike County Hospice.
Making a donation to the Home Care & Hospice Foundation of Pike County is easy, just download this donation form and send along with your generous donation. You may also choose to simply drop off your donation at our office with a note of whom you would like your donation to be in memory of.
Donations are also tax deductible and are accepted many sorts including appreciated assets such as securities or real estate.
HOW TO DONATE:
- Mail to 1 Healthcare Place – Bowling Green, MO 63334.
- Or you can donate online