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Changes are coming to Hospice of Helping Hands

WEST BRANCH – As part of its affiliation with MidMichigan Health, MidMichigan Home Care has been working with Hospice of Helping Hands (HOHH) to integrate hospice services.

“The transition of Hospice of Helping Hands to MidMichigan Home Care is simply a part of our larger integration with MidMichigan Health,” said Bob McGrail, president of MidMichigan Medical Center – West Branch. “(HOHH) and MidMichigan Home Care have nearly identical (and) complimentary hospice services and high-quality care based on clinical and patient satisfaction outcomes.

“By joining together, we will grow even stronger and continue to build our community loyalty.”

Hospice of Helping Hands will formally change its name to MidMichigan Home Care. A date has for the change is not confirmed.

A non-profit started in 1979, HOHH offers services in Ogemaw, Arenac, Crawford, Gladwin, Iosco, Ogemaw, Oscoda and Roscommon counties.

MidMichigan Home Health hospice services also serves Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Mecosta, Midland, Mt. Pleasant, Montcalm, Roscommon and Saginaw counties.

Director of Communications Sally Ann Whitener said employees will not lose their positions in the transfer.

“Employees will keep their current jobs and become employees of MidMichigan Home Care,” she said.

Corine Lucynski, R.N., HOHH executive director, said the transition allows everyone to be part of the journey to support the community.

“Once our transition is complete, we will care for approximately 125 hospice patients on any given day – including MidMichigan’s 8-bed hospice residence – the Woodland Hospice House located in Mt. Pleasant. Together, we will remain a trusted local source for quality hospice and home infusion care services.”

At this time, HOHH plans to use its current West Branch location. However, that may change in the coming months.

“We’re delighted that our affiliation with Hospice of Helping Hands is nearly complete,” said Carole Calvert-Baxter, president, MidMichigan Home Care. “We have been working together for a number of months and the support from the staff and community has been outstanding.”

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