• Among those attending the Hearts for Hospice open house event on Thursday, Nov. 9, were, from left, were Amanda Stevens, Trudy Brune and Susan Mayo. — Submitted Photo

Hill Country Memorial Hospice holds celebration

Hill Country Memorial (HCM) Hospice hosted an open house on Nov. 9 at the HCM Brune Building in celebration of the building’s 10-year anniversary, and in observance of National Hospice and Palliative Care month.

Guests were greeted by hospice staff, and provided tours of the hospice facility while enjoying warm drinks and sweets.

For 23 years, HCM Hospice has served the Texas Hill Country as a community-based, non-profit organization certified in hospice and palliative care.

“When loved ones face a life-limiting illness, family members turn to HCM Hospice to provide expert care and support through nurses, chaplains, social workers and volunteers,” said Dr. Pamela Cantu, medical director for HCM Hospice.

HCM Hospice is unique in that it does not screen patients to determine if they have funding from insurance or government programs, Cantu said. In this way, HCM Hospice is able to serve a broader range of patients and families.

“Unlike other hospice programs, HCM Hospice can take any patient regardless of their insurance coverage,” Cantu said.

The community support of both time and monetary contributions helps HCM Hospice provide comfort to those who are suffering, counsel to those who are overwhelmed, and everything from equipment to fully trained staff to assist patients during their time of need, she said.

“As November is National Hospice and Palliative Care month, I would like to personally ask for the community’s assistance in helping HCM Hospice serve those who need it most,” Cantu said. “Just as our patients rely on our services during this stage of life, HCM Hospice relies on strong support from our community.”

Cantu urged individuals and businesses to donate to HCM Hospice in observance of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

“Your gift will empower a life to be fully and joyfully lived, even at its end,” she said.

To make a donation, visit giving.hillcountrymemorial.org and select “Hearts for Hospice,” or call the HCMH Foundation office at

(830) 997-1297.

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