Gina Drummond

Medicare Made Simple show

Summary: On today's episode, John talks to Gina Drummond CEO of Hospice of Spokane about her organization’s evolution, its future, and what qualities help caregivers bring comfort and emotional healing to patients during their final days. <br> <br> She will also talk about her agency’s care for patients at the end of life, but added that the programs are about dignity and hope, not just help for patients and their families. Drummond has been with Spokane’s not-for-profit Hospice nine years, following 10 years at Peace Hospice in Great Falls, Mont.<br> <br> While Hospice by regulation is designed to help clients with a six-month or less life-span prognosis, Drummond shares how much they love it when patients ‘graduate’ after their health stabilizes and are able to leave Hospice care.<br> <br> As the population ages, Hospice needs have grown, she said. The non-profit agency operates a 12-room care center at Seventh and Arthur and next spring is scheduled to open another 12-room center at Atlantic and Rhoades in North Spokane. The Hospice staff of 155 includes nurses, social workers, chaplains and therapists and is supplemented by 275 volunteers. Nationally and locally about two-thirds of Hospice patients die in private homes, she said. Medicare, Medicaid and many insurance companies subsidize most Hospice care.<br> <br> <br> More about Hospice of Spokane here,<br>