KTA Raising Money for Hospice & Palliative Care Month

Throughout the month of November, KTA Super Stores will be raising money for Hospice of Hilo, North Hawaiʻi Hospice and Hospice of Kona in an effort to raise awareness and support for the delivery of compassionate care choices to patients and families throughout Hawaiʻi Island.

All KTA store registers will have colorful notepads with the option of donating $5 or $10 for Hospice & Palliative Care Month.

“KTA’s commitment to the health of our community is always at the forefront of what they do,” said Hospice of Hilo CEO Brenda S. Ho. “We are continually grateful.”

Studies show those who choose palliative and hospice care live longer and feel better, while maintaining more control over their lives. In addition, patients who have serious illnesses reduce or eliminate ER visits and receive support for the whole family.

“Death is the final pathway for us all, and when you make the final turn or know your loved one is on that path, it is best to stay away from the ER,” said local ER physician, Dr. Jerry Gray. “The ER results in separation from loved ones while focusing on the immediate and ignoring prior planning and preferences.”

All donations raised by the KTA register campaign will stay in the local community to ensure those who need pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care are able to access the services.

Many of the services provided by the non-profit are not reimbursed by insurance providers. Donations from the community ensure programs like grief counseling remain free for anyone in the community that has lost a loved one.

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