East Texas Quarterly Magazine Spring 2014 - Page 22

20 Years & Counting Lakes Area Hospice provides expertise and compassion during difficult times Lakes Area Hospice has been a part of the East Texas scene for 20 years. Those years have compiled a legacy of outstanding and award winning healthcare and community service. Lakes Area Hospice has become the gold standard for quality of care in the hospice community. “Our agency began with a grant from the T.L.L. Temple Foundation, and local business leaders, clergy, private citizens and area hospitals who realized the vital role that end-of-life care would play in the future,” says Jeanette Coffield, who has served as the agency’s executive director for the past 20 years.“These leaders wanted to ensure that their families and neighbors could receive compassion and expertise from qualified local people whom they knew. Lakes Area Hospice has met the challenge.” “Our heartfelt goal has always been to give back to the communities and patients we serve. We have participated in parades, festivals, church gatherings, chamber of commerce events, school activities, and a host of other happenings to support the concepts that we hold dear in this beautiful part of the world,” Coffield adds. “Lakes Area Hospice has been a part of the glue that holds us together in the spirit of service.” Like most people, Coffield admits when she was first approached with the idea of organizing a hospice in Jasper she had little or no knowledge regarding the services offered, and the rules and regulations required to run a hospice program. “It has been a 20 year learning experience,” she points out. “We continue to learn new things every day. It has been a rewarding 20 years and I can honestly say, we have made a difference.” Lakes Area Hospice (LAH) is celebrating twenty years since it opened its doors in rural Jasper in the piney woods of Deep East Texas. At the same time, the 20 East Texas Quarterly