As spring winds down and summer heats up, we find ourselves moving through Chicago, Austin and Kansas City in June.
Red meat is definitely on the menu. As a barbecue aficionado, these listening tour stops gave me the added bonus of sharing Texas-style and Kansas City-style barbecue—and we enjoyed a barbecue-inspired Chicago pizza while in the Windy City (there’s nothing like a gastronomic theme to increase the fun of time on the road). As other barbecue fans will certainly understand, the style of barbecue from one geographic region of this great country to another reveals many differences that reflect the locale and population, while there are some traits that connect them all. And we are finding that although there are regional differences among hospices, there are many more areas of common interest and concern.
|We enjoyed barbecue in Austin and Kansas City (and pizza in Chicago)|
|Our Chicago Session kicked off our tour in the mid and south-west.|
In the coming months, we will renew our focus on frontline professionals, and we will also continue to focus on the real lives and real stories of our patients. Patients, providers and caregivers ARE the hospice benefit. United, we can make a real impact in the care that more and more Americans deserve to receive.
|L: Larry Farrow of Texas & New Mexico Hospice and Palliative Care Organization greets Edo in Austin. R: Board members of Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Association joined Edo in Kansas City.|
As we near July 4, I'm optimistic about our future and know that no matter what obstacles we face we will always be stronger together. No matter where we live and work it is clear we need to stay united and remain focused on what matters most -- the care of the patients and families we serve.