Jennie Pogreba’s Story

October 2013

Dear Friends of Ridgeview,

No one can ever fully appreciate hospice care unless they experience how much it means. I’m a social worker who has a strong passion for providing exceptional care to our hospice patients and families. I witness the blessings of a peaceful ending to life and families reunited. I get to know patients and help them through the toughest time of their lives ... like Emma, Justin and Sandra. We ensured they lived their final days with dignity, without pain and in a loving environment.

I know how much it meant to them and their families.

But here’s something you might not know: Ridgeview Hospice can’t survive without your help. That’s the plain, simple truth. Music and massage therapy, memory making kits, prayer shawls, care packages for children, resource and grieving materials—these are the many services Emma, Sandra, Justin and other terminally ill patients I work with need; many are not covered by insurance.

I’ve been told by hospice families that they consider Ridgeview Hospice an important part of their lives. That makes me feel good. Our staff and the services we offer make a meaningful difference.

Families are uncertain of the end-of-life journey. When you’ve been there to comfort them and watched their loved ones take their last breaths, you see that it’s a really powerful moment—powerful and peaceful. I have a special place in my heart for those moments.

If you believe in Ridgeview Hospice as much as I do, please consider a gift in honor or memory of someone special, for all those moments that matter. This holiday season, with your gift of $35 or more, you will receive a handcrafted ornament, personalized with your loved one’s name. Your ornament will decorate our Holiday Caring Tree at Ridgeview Medical Center throughout the holiday season.

For patients like Emma, Justin and Sandra, help us continue to positively touch others with warm hands, big hearts and comfort every day,  

Jennie Pogreba
Ridgeview Hospice, Social Worker

P.S. You are invited to attend our annual Holiday Hope, Holiday Healing and Tree Lighting event on Thursday, Dec. 12 in the Auditorium at Ridgeview Medical Center. Please call Ridgeview Foundation for more information at 952-442-6010.