The Wisconsin Hospice and Palliative Care Association (WiHPCA) continues to strengthen its grassroots advocacy outreach program. We are pleased to report that Wisconsin Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) recently visited the Hospice Alliance Hospice House in Pleasant Prairie, WI.
Wanggaard’s visit was part of WiHPCA’s Captiol Connection program aimed at connecting our members with their local state legislators to discuss the benefits of hospice and palliative care for patients and their families.“I am grateful to Senator Wanggaard for taking the time to meet with us to learn more about hospice and palliative care and to tour our beautiful hospice house,” said Rita Hagen, Hospice Alliance Executive Director. “I also appreciated the opportunity to share with him the great work that we are doing to provide quality care to patients with serious illness in our community.”
While the tour of the Hospice House was limited to common spaces and did not interfere with patient privacy or safety, Wanggaard visited a vacant private hospice suite and met with Hospice Alliance staff to better understand how they provide compassionate end-of-life-care.
“I really enjoyed meeting with the Hospice Alliance to learn more about hospice and palliative care, which is frequently misunderstood by the public,” said Sen. Wanggaard. “There is immense value to these services, and I was happy to learn about the successes and challenges hospice and palliative care providers have in Wisconsin.”
Wanggaard, who was first elected to the Wisconsin Senate in 2010, represents the 21st Senate District, which includes large portions of Racine and Kenosha Counties. He currently serves as the Senate Majority Caucus Chair and Chair of the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee.
Hospice Alliance is a non-profit, community-based provider of hospice and supportive care management, which was founded over 40 years ago by a group of hospice-care advocates determined to ensure that quality, end-of-life care and family support were available to residents of southeastern Wisconsin. Hospice Alliance is committed to supporting patients in living each day with dignity, comfort, and hope.