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Hospice " then and now

The word “hospice” comes from the Latin word “hospitium,” meaning guesthouse. “It means respite,” said Roaring Fork Hospice nurse Patti Miely. She said that throughout time, civilizations have had various ways to care for those nearing the end of life.

In the United States, the first modern hospice was established in 1974 in New Haven, Conn. Now, more than 3,000 hospice programs exist in the United States.

Roaring Fork Hospice is one of those programs. In affiliation with Valley View Hospital, it provides medical care, primarily focused on the patient’s comfort and symptom control.



The agency accepts Medicare, Medicaid and health insurance for its services. Hospice also accepts tax-deductible contributions.

For more information, contact Roaring Fork Hospice at 1906 Blake Ave., 945-3434, and visit http://www.vvh.org, go to outpatient care and click on “Roaring Fork Hospice.”



” Carrie Click


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