Emmanuel Hospice to host virtual annual celebration and fundraiser

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Other technology upgrades that the event will benefit include the use of virtual reality headsets and videos through the Flight To Remember Foundation, giving patients the opportunity to visit a place special to them, which they are physically unable to experience. Courtesy Emmanuel Hospice

Emmanuel Hospice will host its annual celebration virtually this year from Sept. 22-Oct. 1 to benefit its complementary therapies, service and patient wish program.

The celebration, presented by CareLinc Medical Equipment, offers supporters the ability to engage with the event anytime between the Sept. 22-Oct. 1 time frame from wherever they are by visiting emmanuelhospice.org/annualcelebration. This will be the second year Emmanuel Hospice’s signature celebration has been hosted virtually due to COVID-19 precautions, and the organization hopes to build on last year’s event which raised over $55,000.

This year, the organization hopes to secure $75,000 in donations, which will directly benefit hospice patients.

“Our team is known for meeting each person exactly where they are and for meeting each challenge with creativity and compassion,” said Sara Lowe, executive director of Emmanuel Hospice. “In that same spirit, we’re keeping with last year’s successful virtual experience model to safely celebrate our work with the community.”

Participants will find multiple inspirational patient stories throughout the virtual event, a silent auction and discover ways to invest in the future of Emmanuel Hospice.

“We invite all families, caregivers, volunteers and community members to join us to expand the boundaries of care, ensuring every last moment is cherished and lived with integrity,” Lowe said.

In addition to benefiting the organization’s complementary therapies and services, proceeds will also fund a new complementary service called Art Legacy. The program gives patients the opportunity to control and create which helps to support memories, self expression and therefore build connection with their caregivers giving hospice caretakers new insight into a patient’s life, thoughts and feelings during their hospice journey while also benefiting symptom management.

In 2020, Emmanuel Hospice relied heavily on technology programs to offer support during the pandemic, when patients were unable to connect with loved ones, and launched a new telehealth program to address these barriers.

Funding also will go towards supporting these programs, which will allow the organization’s social workers, spiritual caregivers, music therapists and other team members to provide virtual care to patients at their bedside with the help of iPads and specially designed carts.

Other technology upgrades that the event will benefit include the use of virtual reality headsets and videos through the Flight To Remember Foundation, giving patients the opportunity to visit a place special to them, which they are physically unable to experience.

“Emmanuel Hospice is a tremendously progressive organization in everything they do from the care they provide to the way they engage the community,” said Andy Hotgreive, consultant of ARIA Show Technology, one of the annual celebrations’ sponsors. “With the end user in mind, Emmanuel Hospice creates the highest level of virtual value and meaning for their community of supporters with a clear intention and purpose to their mission.”

Emmanuel Hospice serves more than 175 patients daily in Kent and surrounding counties and also provides grief counseling and support services to more than 2,000 family and community members annually. Its growing team consists of 90 doctors, nurses, social workers, hospice aides, spiritual caregivers, dietitians, pharmacists, grief support specialist and volunteers.

The organization has twice been named as one of West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work for and also has received national recognition by the National Association for Business Resources for its commitment to excellence in human resource practices and employee enrichment.

To learn more about Emmanuel Hospice, visit emmanuelhospice.org

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