A local hospice and palliative care business has received a multi-year grant.

Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care received a two-year, $100,000 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation for advanced care planning efforts in southern Colorado.

In collaboration with Kaiser Permanente, the agency will utilize the funds to help raise awareness, educate, engage and empower community members in taking control of their health through advanced care planning. SdCHPC will utilize the Respecting Choices format that includes classes and one-on-one conversations with individuals of all ages, in good health and in poor health, free of charge.

“Advanced care planning is not something that most people want to think about, let alone talk about. It is our goal that with education and engagement people will recognize the importance of it and participate in it,” says Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care director of development, Lauren Leomiti. “Taking the burden of difficult decisions off of your family and loved ones by voicing your wishes before they are needed is truly a gift and something we all need to do.”

Classes and conversations will be held in Pueblo County and throughout southern Colorado over the next two years for healthcare providers and community members.

If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact Brianna Kirkland at 719-542-0032.