Day: July 1, 2021

A young girl providing hospice care to a black dog with a red ball.
Reflections of Life

Wild, Wet and Wonderful – Laughter is the Best Medicine

When the last school bell rang we wanted to help our NorthStar families kick off the summer season and what better way than with a Carnival! For over a year St. Francis Reflections limited in person events, so our NorthStar Program Coordinator, Lynn Kiefer set out to find creative ways to engage our NorthStar families. She began providing monthly family days for the families to promote new memories and give them fun-filled days to “just be kids”.  Lynn’s passion for the NorthStar program and her love of helping others has shown through the growth of the NorthStar Program and the community’s

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A woman in hospice care sitting in a chair with a crocheted blanket.
Reflections of Life

Across the Pond

The staff and volunteers of St. Francis Reflections have the privilege of pinning United States Military Veterans as a way of honoring their service. In May, St. Francis Reflections had a unique opportunity to pin a friend from across the pond. St. Francis Reflection’s staff were joined by Lieutenant General William Welser, III to pin a very special former member of the allied forces, Roberta “Bobbie” Schwartz. During the pinning Bobbie’s story was shared by her niece Lynn Cline… 97 years ago in a small industrial town of St. Helens in Lancashire, England, Elsie Maynard (now known as ‘Bobbie’ Schwartz) was

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Two women in white lab coats posing for a photo at a hospice care facility.
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Compassionate Care X2

Creating a seamless road for those with a life-limiting illness takes thoughtful planning and qualified people. As St. Francis Reflections continues its work in both palliative care and hospice there was a need to add professionals who truly bring the credentialed abilities but also have the heart of compassion for those we serve. In pursuit of these outstanding individuals St. Francis has welcomed two new physicians.  “We are thrilled to have these two highly-regarded Hospice and Palliative Care physician specialists joining our team,” said Lauren Loftis, MD, Chief Medical Officer of St. Francis Reflections.  “In addition to their outstanding credentials and

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Two women smiling in a circle while receiving hospice care.
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The DNA of Giving

St. Francis Reflections and the St. Francis Reflections Foundation have added some familiar faces to their Boards. Steve Griffin was recently added to the Foundation board and in May was also voted to serve on the St. Francis board in a dual role. Steve also lends his hand to St. Francis both in Pet Therapy with his loving dog Sparky, as well as volunteering with our Veteran’s Program both directly with Veteran patients pinning ceremonies and speaking around the county. Two other familiar faces are Fiona Pearce and Trinity Graham. These two additions were made with some deliberate thought. Shawn Bassham

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A young girl receiving hospice care, holding a teddy bear.
Reflections of Life

Partnered with Parents

When a mother says to you, “I want every person to see my child as a miracle and not a disability.” We listen. St. Francis commits to being that champion for every child and their particular needs. When illness or injury creates life-limiting situations our goal is to provide the best life possible for each patient. We also align with their loved ones so they are assured that we will always consider and see their child as an exceptional gift in the world. Our pediatric palliative program is specialized medical care for children with serious illness. Every day we focus on

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