Hospice of Health First Gives Back With Thanksgiving Meals For Patients and Families
By Space Coast Daily // November 29, 2019
The special occasion fed hospice patients, their families, staff, volunteers and bereavement clients
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Hospice of Health First associates and volunteers gathered at the William Childs Hospice House for the 15th annual Thanksgiving Day dinner.
The special occasion fed hospice patients, their families, staff, volunteers and bereavement clients.
In addition to the Thanksgiving Day dinners, volunteers delivered 48 hot meals to patients in their homes across Brevard County.
“For my daughter, it’s part of Thanksgiving,” said Paula Ludwig, Nurse Manager at Hospice of Health First, whose family has delivered meals to patients’ homes for the past seven years.
“It’s a tradition that we’re supposed to go to the William Childs Hospice House, we’re supposed to serve there and then deliver meals…. she loves to go to the houses to visit with the patients. Even if it’s just for a couple of minutes to make their holidays better.”
Since 2004, John Thistle, then Chairman of the Hospice Board, volunteered his family to prepare and serve a Thanksgiving meal for patients, families and staff.
This event has evolved into a special tradition that helps families in need during the holiday season.
About Health First Founded in 1995, Health First is Brevard County’s not-for-profit, community healthcare system.
The fully Integrated Delivery Network (IDN) includes health insurance plans, hospitals, a multi-specialty medical group, and outpatient and wellness services.
As a locally owned, not-for-profit organization, Health First is committed to investing in our community. In 2018, Health First provided more than $171 million in community support.
To learn more about Health First and how we’re giving back to our community, please visit HFgivesback.org.