Mayor Seth Smith, proclaimed November 2020 as NATIONAL HOSPICE MONTH in the city of Mena on Monday, Nov. 2. Smith encourages the support and participation of all citizens in learning more about the hospice concept of care for the elderly, disabled and infirm. Pictured: (Back L to R) Tom Patterson, Executive Director; Ashley Sharp, RN Director of Nursing; Jessica Woodall, Account Executive; and (Front) Mayor Seth Smith. Hospice care provides humane and comforing support for terminally ill patients and their families, including pain control, palliative medical care and social, emotional and spiritual services. Hospice fulfills basic human needs of feeling comfortable in familiar surroundings and of attaining physical and emotional peace during the last stage of life. Currently there are over 114,000 professionals and hundreds of thousands of volunteers (the equivalent of 56,000 full time employees) who provide comforting and supportive hospice services to over 1.5 million patients and their families in an estimated 3,800 hospice programs throughout the United States. Elite Hospice has joined the Hospice Association of America and an estimated 3,800 hospice providers in declaring November 2020 as National Hospice Month. (Photo by Tom Byrd)

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