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VNB Community Counts: Hospice of the Piedmont

November 11, 2011

Community Counts gives you a chance to learn more about the people and the organizations that have a positive impact on our community. This week we feature the Hospice of the Piedmont.

Sean McCusty, Director of Marketing at the Hospice of the Piedmont, joined CBS19's Bo Sykes to talk more about the organization.

Thirty years ago, a group of forward-looking and compassionate individuals in the Charlottesville area became impressed with a new grassroots movement just then making its way from England to the United States. The movement was hospice -- an approach to end-of-life care that focused on the quality, not quantity, of an individual's final days.

Since 1988, Hospice of the Piedmont has been certified to provide service under the Hospice Medicare Benefit. Responding to the need for hospice care in areas without a Medicare certified Hospice, the original service area of Charlottesville and five counties now encompasses nine counties in Central Virginia -- Albemarle, Augusta, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Madison, Louisa, Nelson and Orange.

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