May 12 through May 18, 2013: Michigan Hospice and Palliative Care Week

WHEREAS, each year, more than 1.6 million Americans and 50,000 Michiganders living with life-limiting illness, and their families, receive care from hospice programs; and,


WHEREAS, hospice and palliative care provide the highest quality of care to patients and families, and bring comfort, love and respect for all those they serve in communities throughout our state and nation; and,


WHEREAS, hospice and palliative care professionals - including physicians, nurses, social workers, therapists, counselors, health aides, and clergy - provide comprehensive and compassionate care that make the wishes of each patient and family a priority; and,


WHEREAS, more than 468,000 trained volunteers contribute 22 million hours of service to hospice programs annually, with more than 4,000 trained volunteers in Michigan; and,


WHEREAS, during this week, we join with the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Michigan and Michigan Department of Community Health to recognize the important service provided by Michigan's hospice and palliative care providers; we encourage Michigan residents to learn more about the options of care, and to share their wishes with family, loved ones and their healthcare professionals;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Sunday, May 12 through Saturday, May 18, 2013 as Michigan Hospice and Palliative Care Week.