SOMC Hospice conducts first veterans pinning ceremony

SOMC Coordinator of Hospice Relations Scott Hilbert presents Ralph Bell with a cake during the organization’s first pinning ceremony as a partner of We Honor Veterans.

SOMC Hospice recently conducted its first “veterans pinning ceremony” since becoming a national partner of We Honor Veterans in September. The recipient of this pinning was Ralph Bell, a veteran of the war in Vietnam.

The ceremony, which was attended by Bell’s friends and family as well as multiple SOMC Hospice staff members, was conducted by Army Sergeant Josh Lucas. During the ceremony, Lucas presented Bell with a certificate of recognition, a personalized note and an honorary “veteran” lapel pen.

“Honoring our veterans for their service to our country and our community is important to us,” SOMC Coordinator of Hospice Relations Scott Hilbert said. “We want all of our veteran patients, just like Ralph, to be recognized for their service. By partnering with We Honor Veterans and conducting ceremonies for patients and their families, we are able to give back to our community.”

We Honor Veterans is a campaign that focuses on implementing veteran-centered education for hospice staff and volunteers in order to improve care provided to veterans. SOMC Hospice intends to conduct additional pinning ceremonies to honor other veterans that are receiving hospice care.

For more information, or to find out how to become involved with upcoming We Honor Veterans pinning ceremonies, call 740-356-2657.