Wanda Griffiths teaches the club about Community Hospice of Northeast Florida
Posted by Tim Wombles
on May 16, 2013
The Fernandina Beach Rotary Club recently enjoyed a presentation by Wanda Griffiths, Health Care Relations Director of Community Hospice of Northeast Florida. Ms. Griffiths explained that Community Hospice NEFL is a 34-year-old non-profit organization serving some 1,300 residents of five counties in Northeast Florida. The organization employs more than 800 caregivers, including 26 doctors as well as 500 clinicians such as RNs and ARNPs, to provide comfort and care to patients and families facing end-of-life situations. However, she said, not all of Hospice’s patients are dying. Many are patients awaiting organ transplants or the elderly who require temporary care after injury, illness or the loss of a loved one. Hospice offers patients both at-home and in-patient care. Ms. Griffiths noted that a primary directive of Hospice is to provide pain management to alleviate not only physical, but psychological suffering as well for both patients and their families. She closed by saying the goal of Community Hospice of NEFL is to provide whatever services patients need to bring a peaceful and dignified end to their lives while also helping families cope with their loss.