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WIN THIS QUILT DURING THE PIOTIQUE FESTIVAL
Clay County Medical Center and Meadowlark Hospice will hold a drawing for a quilt to honor Marcella Bechard and her service to hospice. The drawing will be held during the Piotique Festival on September 25, 2010.
About the Quilt
The Meadowlark Hospice (original know as Clay County Hospice) began on June 1, 1985, after a number meetings with community representatives and the development of a hospice advisory board. Marcella Bechard, R.N., was the hospice nursing coordinator and was responsible for making numerous visits to the homes of Hospice patients. Hospice program is to help persons with terminal illnesses and their families to aid them in coping with the illness and also gives the person the opportunity to live at home and maintain their dignity.
Bechard said Hospice is a way to teach the family and the patient better ways to take care of the patient while living at home. In 1987, Marcella said she visited a patient at least one day a week and then if the condition worsened she went every day. She was on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
"Hospice exists in the hope and belief that through appropriate care and the promotion of a caring community sensitive to their needs, patients, and families may be free to attain a degree of mental and spiritual preparation for death that is satisfactory to them."`