As we move through this New Year, I can’t help but to reflect on what I think about in February, and that is love.
The definition of love says that love is a strong feeling of affection and concern toward another person, arising from kinship or close friendship. It is strong and warm affection and a passion for others. Love is one of the greatest expressions we have as human beings; we express love each and every day with our friends, families, co-workers, patients and congregations. Love is the feeling that colors our world and motivates us to strive to be better and do better.
Our vision statement at Hospice of Fayette County states: “We will be the leading healthcare organization in our area providing quality of life care. We will remain committed to respecting and empowering individuals so they remain active in their decision making and personal choices. We will strive to enhance existing services and diversify by developing new programs responsive to individuals’ needs therefore increasing awareness of the benefits of Hospice.”
Our vision and mission are our true labor of love, to bring comfort and the utmost of care to our patients and to their families. Our staff lives this vision everyday when they care for a patient or help a family. It is simply, the reason we do what we do. It was that love and vision that started this organization in 1987. Love and passion for serving others breathed life into Hospice of Fayette County and it still does today, 29 years later.
If you were to ask a nurse or an aide why they do what they do each and every day they would tell you it is because they love their patients. They love serving their community and love being able to be the bright spot in someone’s day. It isn’t always easy, love never is, sometimes it’s work, but it keeps us as a body of people moving forward to extend kindness and courtesy to others, to serve in kinship with our fellow man and woman. The more we give, the more we get.
As we begin this new year full of possibilities, let us remember the true value of life and that is to love and care for one another. That is our purpose and our mission as people and as an organization.
We, at Hospice of Fayette County, will continue to strive to be the “bright spot” and bring with us unconditional love and support in all physical, mental and spiritual aspects of a patient’s life. We appreciate all the love and support we receive back from our community. Thank you!
Holly Cottrill is the marketing and fundraising coordinator for Hospice of Fayette County.