Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Last week, Congressman Jim McGovern met with Hospice of the Fisher Home residents and staff as well as UMass Amherst School of Nursing students and faculty; he was invited by Maureen Groden, RN, MS, CHPN, Clinical Professor at UMass. We highlighted our partnership with UMass and thanked Congressman McGovern for his strong support of our seniors and legislation to strengthen access to senior housing. Congressman McGovern listened attentively to each of our residents and promised he would continue to speak up for our seniors. We were honored to have him visit and hope he will return soon.
There were several reasons for inviting Congressman McGovern and his staff to visit the Fisher Home :
• To show the Congressman and the UMass Administration/Faculty Representatives (also present) the Fisher Home, the only residential hospice in the Pioneer Valley
• To highlight the collaboration between the UMass College of Nursing and the Fisher Home Hospice
• To thank the Congressman for co-sponsoring the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act bill, which was introduced into Congress in March, 2017, and
• To thank the Congressman for his support of the Medicare Hospice Benefit (the reimbursement for hospice care provided by Medicare)
During his visit, he spent 20 private minutes talking to one of the patients at the Hospice of the Fisher Home, Ellen Arsenault. Ellen lived in Worcester for some time, so much of the conversation centered on reminiscences about that city. Afterwards, Congressman McGovern commented that he wished every member of Congress would take the time to get to know the human beings, such as Ellen, who are the ones affected by all the legislation presented to Congress instead of primarily dealing with the flood of paperwork that passes though their offices.
We are so appreciative of Ms. Groden’s initiative to invite him to visit the Fisher Home. Thank you again, Congressman Jim McGovern!

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