Treasured Pets’ Vets Honored for Pet Day

April 20, 2018 | Treasure Health

From left: Volunteer Manager Deborah Kotrady, Nia Maxwell, Shannen Marchu, Barbara Bradford, Roxann Newton, Dr. Laurie Aleixo, Krystal Misner, Joanna Whittaker, Diana Traegler and Sharon Brown.

Photo and article by MaryAnn Ketcham.

Pets are loyal companions, cherished family members and confidants. Their love knows no boundaries, and with a look, snuggles or a quirky dance, they bring comfort even on the worst of days.

The reliance between a pet and its owner is mutual; best friendships work that way. So, when a pet owner enters hospice and can no longer tend to his ie her pet’s needs, it causes anxiety and distress.

Treasured Pets, a program offered through Treasure Health’s Treasure Coast Hospice service,  helps alleviate some of that concern. Volunteers, donors and partner veterinarians are the lifeblood of this endeavor that helps care for and maintain the pets’ routine and general health while its owner travels the hospice journey.

Typically, trained volunteers deliver pet food, play with and walk the pets and transport them to and from their groomers and veterinarians.

As the country celebrated National Pet Day on April 11, compassionate volunteers Diana Traegler and Sharon Brown, together with Volunteer Manager Deborah Kotrady and Vice President of Human Resources Angella Williams marked the occasion by visiting the doctors and staff of the Treasured Pets’ partner veterinarians.

Presenting certificates of appreciation, balloons and a bag full of goodies, they graciously thanked and praised the 13 vets for their commitment.

“This program is one of the best things out there,” said Port Salerno Animal Hospital’s Jason White, DVM.“Pets are most in need when families can’t care for them.”

Offering preferential scheduling for shots, emergency treatments and assisting with pet placement should the hospice patient pass are but a few examples of the kindnesses displayed by all participating vets.

“Everyone at Morningside Animal Hospital is truly honored to be a part of this pet care program,” Dr. Jennifer DiTrapani said. “It is our pleasure to do our part in helping to ease the families’ minds during difficult times.”

Treasured Pets is funded by individual donations and by the Pegasus Foundation’s Help Us Help Them project.

Volunteer Diana Traegler offers this perspective about the Treasured Pets endeavor: “Taking care of the pets IS taking care of the hospice patient.”

To become a partner, please call 772 403-4500 or visit treasurehealth.org/ways-to-give/volunteer.

Treasure Health is grateful for all of its current partners in the Treasured Pets program:

  • Nala’s New Life Rescue
  • Morningside Animal Hospital
  • Sandpiper Animal Hospital
  • Port Salerno Animal Hospital
  • Prima Vista Animal Hospital
  • VCA Tri-County Animal Hospital
  • Kelly’s Animal Hospital
  • Animal Emergency & Referral Center
  • North Port St. Lucie Animal Hospital
  • Savannah Animal Hospital
  • Coastal Animal Hospital
  • All Creatures Animal Hospital
  • Megan Davis DVM

About Treasure Health

Treasure Health is a nonprofit organization of caring professionals and dedicated volunteers whose mission is to partner with patients, families and the community to enable well-being through extraordinary care, specialized services and life-enhancing education. Founded in 1982 as a hospice organization, Treasure Health has grown to serve 3,000 patients annually in Martin and St. Lucie counties. Today, thanks to the generous support of donors to the Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation, Treasure Health offers a family of services that includes Treasure Coast Hospice, Treasure Health Palliative Care, Treasure Health Pediatric Care and Treasure Health Grief Support.

April 20, 2018 | Treasure Health
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A Message from Our CEO

Susan de Cuba

President and Chief Executive Officer

Few creatures inspire as much wonder as the hummingbird. Tiny, yet strong enough to migrate 500 miles across the Gulf of Mexico, this brilliant bird is the ultimate symbol of resilience. So it’s only fitting that we have incorporated a hummingbird into our new look and logo to symbolize our organization’s life-affirming mission.

Under the Treasure Coast Hospice name, we have grown our services beyond our cornerstone hospice program to include palliative care, grief support counseling and specialized pediatric care. To better reflect our expanded scope of community services, we have changed the name of our parent organization to Treasure Health, while our flagship hospice program will continue to be called Treasure Coast Hospice.

Hospice will always be the heart of our mission. The same outstanding care the community has known since 1982 will continue. The experience we’ve gained during the past 35 years translates well to other services that improve quality of life. Our full spectrum of support includes Treasure Coast Hospice, Treasure Health Palliative Care, Treasure Health Pediatric Care and Treasure Health Grief Support.

With all of our services, our goal is to empower patients and families with the knowledge and support they need to make every moment count.  Guiding our efforts is a caring community of health professionals, volunteers and donors. Like me, they believe that in all stages of illness, everyone deserves to experience the best possible quality of life.

With our comprehensive, compassionate approach to palliative care, hospice services and grief support, we are building communities that allow people to drive their own destinies for the highest quality of life in every health circumstance.

We are excited to embrace a fresh brand that helps us promote our life-affirming philosophy and look forward to having you join us as a trusted partner in supporting our community’s healthcare journey.

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“Five Wishes ®” is an easy-to-use legal document written in everyday language to help you plan how you want to be cared for in case you become seriously ill. It is America’s most popular living will.

You decide: With more than 18 million copies in circulation, “Five Wishes ®” helps you express what you want in the areas that matter the most to you: personal, spiritual, medical and legal. It helps you describe what good care means to you, whether you are seriously ill or not, so your caregiver knows exactly what you want.

Gift to your family: “Five Wishes ®” can help start and guide family conversations in advance of serious illness, so completing it is a gift to your family, friends and also your doctor. It keeps them out of the difficult position of having to guess what kinds of treatment you want or don’t want.

Meets Florida law: “Five Wishes ®” meets the legal requirements for an advance directive in Florida and 41 other states. All you need to do is check a box, circle a direction, or write a few sentences. Once it is signed and witnessed, your “Five Wishes ®” becomes a legal document.

To learn more about “Five Wishes ®”or to schedule a presentation for your group or community, please email Craig Perry  in Martin County or Tracey Kinsley in St. Lucie County.