Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care — East office announces Marty Fleischacker as its new branch administrator.

Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care — East office announces Marty Fleischacker as its new branch administrator.

Marty is a local and was born and raised in La Junta. Although new to Hospice, Marty has a strong background in customer service and is involved in community organizations, serving on several boards throughout the valley.

"All of Sangre de Cristo staff members are local and believe in providing caregiving to family and friends throughout the valley," said Marty about his team.

Along with welcoming their new branch administrator, Sangre de Cristo Hospice and Palliative Care encourages the recognition of November as being both Hospice and Palliative Care Month as well as National Caregivers Month.

“The SDCH East Team takes pride in providing education to the community about end of life issues. Our team cares about helping hospice patients in the Arkansas Valley to remain living in their home community and live out their lifelong dreams,” said Marty.

The mission of Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care is to enhance the quality of life and to maintain the integrity of individuals and their families facing end-of-life by offering support, comfort and compassion.

One of the biggest misconceptions is that hospice is a last stop for loved ones, that is not the case. According to new administrator Marty Fleischacker, Sangre de Cristo Hospice and Palliative Care provides much more than end-of-life care. Other services provided include:

Social work services Chaplain services Volunteer services Grief and loss counseling and bereavement services Support for caregivers Pet peace of mind Complementary therapies including music and touch Community Education on end-of-life issues

What most people don't realize is that they do not have to wait until the last days of an illness to call Sangre de Cristo Hospice and Palliative Care. They encourage people to call at the onset of a terminal diagnosis and they can help with many things people may face during the progression of that illness. Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care East Team is committed to provide rural hospice and palliative care to patients whether it be in their home, assisted living, nursing home or a home of a relative in all areas: physical, emotional or spiritual.