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How Marla Chose to Live Fully : Featured Hospice Story
NationalHospice of North Idaho Receives National Honor

The Hospice Honors is a prestigious program that recognizes hospices providing the highest level of quality. 

For the second year in a row, Hospice of North Idaho was awarded the national Hospice Honors Award for it's excellent care. 

Those who provided care to their loved one evaluated the quality of their experience based on the Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers & Systems (CAHPS) Survey. CAHPS surveys are an integral part of improving healthcare in the U.S. Caregivers gave their perspectives regarding: the help they received with their loved one's symptoms, communication with the hospice team, an overall rating of care, and answered a question about willingness to recommend the hospice. We scored high on 20 of 24 questions!

"We are honored to provide our community with the expert Hospice care they deserve.  Providing excellent care to our patients and their caregivers is a goal we strive for every day."
 -Hospice of North Idaho Executive Director Kim Ransier
ImpactYour Impact on Mission-Centered Community Care

Many of our donors experience the end of life journey alongside their family member, friend or colleague. 

Experienced understanding of our care brings true meaning to our mission and why we serve.  Belief in our mission gives purpose to the many gifts we receive.

Our Annual Report features the various ways you helped us provide expert care to our community. 

2,152 people received support in their grief. 
201 of those were children and teens.

1,040 people received Hospice care. 
30 of those were under the age of 50. 

Read more wonderful ways you've made an impact in the 2016 Annual Report. We appreciate your continued support of the Hospice mission, caring for all through the end of life journey.

Click to read the  2016 Annual Report, or go to www.hospiceofnorthidaho.org
CampusWe're Building! Coming Soon: Hospice Campus

To meet the community's wishes for excellent end-of-life care and compassionate grief and loss services, Hospice of North Idaho is building a campus for its community care. 
Artists Rendering by Architects West

Hospice is building a new community services building in Coeur d'Alene, next to the Schneidmiller House at 2290 West Prairie Avenue. Our current office on 9493 North Government Way in Hayden is for sale! Contact realtor Mike Gregg (208) 640-1400. 

General Contractor, Young Construction in Coeur d'Alene recently broke ground on the  new building designed by Architects West. The first floor will be dedicated to our community services and events. The building includes a large capacity community room, rooms for grief and loss support groups and private counseling, and meeting rooms for professional development. 

Having the largest hospice staff in our area, the second floor will house working space for our 114 skilled employees, 2 Board Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Physicians, 46 Nurses, 22 Hospice Aides, 8 Social Workers and our administrative team. 

"We have held a long-term vision of having one campus offering space for our community  events and where our hospice team is right next door to our in-patient unit ."  
-Kim Ransier, Executive Director
Photo by Hospice of North Idaho
HowHow Marla Chose to "Live Fully" on Hospice Care

At first sight of her, Dennis Crabbe fell completely and tenderly in love with Marla. This June, celebrating their 45th year of marriage, they pulled out all the stops to celebrate. 

Dennis planned a special outing   on the shores of Coeur d'Alene Lake to celebrate their anniversary. He arranged for Marla to be transported to their destination by Al Pena of Lake City Transportation, who has an especially gentle wheelchair lift in his van. Al, knowing the couple and their plans was inspired to provide his service free of charge. 

Dennis took care of Marla for 8 years until she needed the extra care of skilled nursing last year. Dennis, now able to forgo the role of caregiver, could be there for her as a husband said, "I wanted to do something really special for her."  

For their 45th wedding anniversary, the endearing couple sat under the shade of a broad tree at Independence Point. They spent an hour holding hands, sweetly exchanging smiles, and nibbling on lunch prepared by Dennis. Marla beamed when Dennis presented her favorite dark chocolate bar for desert. 

In a statement given to the CDA Press, Dennis remarked, "She always took care of me and babied me until the roles switched when she became ill. I think God just wanted me to learn that role." 

This story reminds us of how sweet life is and how to live it fully. Marla and Dennis, focused on their shared love, and live each moment intentionally. 
Photo by Hospice of North Idaho
KidsKids Supported at 5th Annual Grief Camp 

Nearly 50 children received support for their grief at Hospice of North Idaho's 5th Annual Camp Kaniksu.  Camp is held each July at Lutherhaven Ministries on Coeur d'Alene Lake. 

As the areas only children's grief support camp offered free to the community, it is becoming popular by demand.

Each child attending Camp Kaniksu has suffered the loss of a parent, grandparent, sibling, or other significant death. During camp, children discover that they are not alone in their grief. 

With help from the community's trusted Hospice for the last 36 years, these kids are now more prepared for life's bumps than when they arrived at Camp Kaniksu. 

Grief and loss care are donor-supported services offered to community members. 

~ Sign up to receive our newsletter supporting your journey with grief and loss. 
Email Kaylee Kron Bereavement Coordinator  kronk@honi.org 

~ Check out our schedule for  grief  support groups or call  (208) 772-7994 to speak with our councilor  about   your  unique  situation .

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