Compassion already exists in hospice care on Maui

Compassion is already alive and well when it comes to providing hospice care to our Maui community (The Maui News, Aug. 9).

I have been the medical director at Hospice Maui for nearly the past five years. Having worked at other hospice programs for 10 years prior to being blessed with the opportunity to live and work here, I can honestly say that the team that I work with here on Maui is exceptional in every way, but particularly when it comes to its commitment to compassion.

Consistent and dedicated leadership, as well as a supportive local board of directors, has resulted in a firm and unwavering commitment from all members of Hospice Maui’s team to maintaining and expanding our organizational values of compassion, commitment to service and respect and recollection of the sacred nature of the work that we do. The reason that this is exceptional is that, in the ever-changing landscape of health care, most organizations have had to sacrifice these deep commitments to the pressures of the stronger demands of market forces, cuts in funding and reimbursement, and increased regulation.

Hospice Maui is our local community hospice provider. We are the nurses, hospice aides, social workers and volunteers you know and who have been in Maui’s homes and neighborhoods for decades now. It is a privilege to be invited into Maui’s homes to serve families at a time when it is most needed and we are tremendously grateful for the support of the Maui community.

Nancy Long, M.D.

Medical Director, Hospice Maui