"Community. Education. Family. Philanthropy. Four words, in no particular order, that are dear to us at PTS and guide and shape our daily actions."
Our motivation centers very simply around 'giving back.' At PTS, we believe firmly in quality of life. A key part of that belief is the understanding that we can and should contribute to quality of life for others. That example is very clear in our profession, but we see it as no less important in our community. In the view of the members of the PTS team, acts of kindness and demonstrations of expertise should not be confined within four walls.
The investment that PTS has in its community isn’t limited to what happens inside our Troy building. In fact and instead, we are purposefully entrenched in our metro Detroit community. In terms of both our time and our financial support, our sense of community extends well beyond 1845 Livernois Road.
Each month we will be highlighting a local organization that makes metro Detroit a better place to live. This month, we'd like to introduce you to and encourage you to learn more about the good work taking place through Hospice of Michigan, a non-profit organization.
400 Mack Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
Comprehensive, compassionate care to people who are terminally ill. Care includes:
- Physical support: pain management, symptom control, personal care
- Emotional and spiritual support: helping patients and families cope
- Grief support: helping families, friends for 13 months after the loved one’s death
- Volunteer services: providing companionship, doing chores, listening, giving time off to family caregivers
- Financial assistance: helping all terminally ill patients, regardless of ability to pay
Hospice of Michigan was formed in 1994 through the merger of 10 community-based hospice programs located throughout Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, each of which had been serving its communities since the 1980s.
- Serves more than 4,500 hospice patients and more than 14,000 family members every year, making it the largest hospice program in Michigan.
- Cares for one out of every four hospice patients in the state.
- More than 650 full- and part-time employees and 900 trained volunteers.
- More doctors and nurses certified in hospice and palliative care than any other hospice in Michigan.
- One of only a handful of hospices in the country with a dedicated pediatric team.
- Annual budget of approximately $70 million.
- 85 percent of care provided in patient’s or family’s home.
- Houses the Hospice of Michigan Institute – the hub for research, education and outreach effort s in end-of-life care.
- First hospice in Michigan licensed by Department of Public Health.
- First hospice in Michigan to care for patients with AIDS.
- Published “Caring for a Loved One with Advanced Dementia,” winner of the 2002 Award for Excellence in Education from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
- 98% of Hospice of Michigan family caregivers said “yes” when asked, “Would you recommend hospice to others?”
- Hospice admissions and information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
(888) 247-5701 • www.hom.org
Serve everyone in our communities who needs and seeks our care; strive to improve the state of comfort care.
Innovate end-of-life care in Michigan
Role-model the way for America
- Provide the highest quality service
- Respond to our patients' and families’ needs
- Affirm patient self-determination, empowerment, and choice
- Treat everyone with respect
- Encourage staff’s personal and professional development
- Demonstrate good stewardship of our resources
- Acknowledge and embrace religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity
- Honor life to the end
- Be witnesses to the spirit of life
- Recognize the sacredness of leaving; honor the feelings of loss
- Ensure patients and families achieve their quality-of-life goals while under our care
Hospice of Southeastern Michigan (HSEM) began as a pilot program of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan and a consortium of Detroit-area hospitals. As the first certified hospice in Michigan, HSEM accepted their first patient in November 1980. Hospice of Greater Grand Rapids opened its doors in the spring of 1981 and Hospice of Alpena was incorporated later that same year. Through the 1980s, hospice programs formed in Fremont, Ludington, Big Rapids, Cadillac, Gaylord and Roscommon.
In 1994, these hospice programs merged to form Hospice of Michigan. In 2001, Individualized Hospice and Home Care, which had been serving the Ann Arbor community since 1979, joined with Hospice of Michigan.
Today, Hospice of Michigan is the leading nonprofit hospice care provider in the state, serving nearly 1,400 terminally-ill individuals every day in 56 counties throughout the Lower Peninsula, and is one of the largest hospices in the country.
Volunteers fill many important roles at Hospice of Michigan, including patient care, grief support, community outreach and office administration.
Hospice of Michigan’s training sessions are offered throughout the state. For those who have experienced a loss, Hospice of Michigan encourages a waiting period of one year prior to becoming a volunteer, to allow for processing of grief.
In most instances, volunteer positions are available for office assistance and in direct patient care. View volunteer training times and locations around the state.
How to Apply: Volunteer Application
For more information or to make a donation over the phone, call 616-356-5232 or Donate Here
Donations support the following programs at Hospice of Michigan:
Thanks to the generosity of donors, Hospice of Michigan is able to care for all who need and seek our care, regardless of their age, diagnosis or ability to pay. In 2013, our commitment to provide this care cost us more than $4 million that was not reimbursed by insurance. These dollars provided treatments, medications, services, grief support and spiritual care to patients and families in need. In addition, Hospice of Michigan cared for people who did not have insurance coverage or whose treatment was more expensive than what other hospices can afford to provide. The generosity of our donors made this commitment possible.
All Hospice of Michigan families are offered the opportunity to receive grief support services after the death of a loved one. Individuals and insurers are not charged for these services. Additionally, we offer grief support education and groups to anyone suffering a loss in the communities we serve, at no charge. We rely on the generosity of our donors to support these needed programs.
The Caring Circle of Hospice of Michigan
Hospice of Michigan invites you to help build a legacy of care and compassion by becoming a member of The Caring Circle. This group is comprised of committed people who contribute gifts of $1,000 or more on an annual basis to support Hospice of Michigan’s mission.
The Caring Circle has five levels of giving. At each level, there are opportunities for you to have an impact on the services HOM provides. Each level offers different tangible benefits, such as: invitations to HOM-sponsored special events, educational literature and programs, exclusive opportunities to gain an insider’s view of trends in end-of-life care, invitations to recognition events for members, and recognition in HOM communications.
But most importantly, you have the benefit of knowing you are helping to make a profound impact on the lives of the children and adults that HOM cares for each and every day.
For other questions and information please see Hospice of Michigan FAQ.