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Tree of Life benefits Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice patients
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Cathy Soeken, foreground, and Donita Wolf decorate the Tree of Life at St. Rose Health Center. The Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice representatives encourage the community to remember loved ones, as well as current hospice patients. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

                While the Christmas season is a time for gathering with family and friends, it is also a time for remembering loved ones who have passed away.

            Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice (GBHH&H) realizes that families want a special way to honor those who have passed, and is once again offering the Tree of Life. All proceeds allow GBHH&H to assist those in need of hospice care.

            “Family and friends may purchase angels for the Tree of Life in honor of their loved ones,” said Donita Wolf, R.N., GBHH&H manager. “All the money we raise goes to the medication fund for our hospice patients. This is a wonderful way to honor loved ones and support those who are receiving hospice care at the end of life.”

            The Tree of Life will be located on the first floor at St. Rose Health Center throughout the Christmas season; GBHH&H is part of the St. Rose family. The tree is being decorated with angels that memorialize those who are deceased.

            “We have learned many people want to buy an angel as a memorial Christmas gift,” Wolf said. “They can find comfort in honoring family and friends in this unique way.

            “We encourage community residents to remember loved ones and provide a helping hand to others at the same time,” she continued. “Everyone can be assured that all proceeds are used to help our neighbors at a difficult time.”

            Angels are $10 each and may be purchased at St. Rose’s Gift Box or the GBHH&H office, both on the first floor. They also may be purchased by visiting or calling 620-792-8171.

            GBHH&H, a non-profit agency, has been serving the community since 1979. Its territory includes Barton, Pawnee, Rush and parts of Stafford counties.

            St. Rose Health Center specializes in primary care, prevention and wellness. Services include St. Rose Family Medicine, Convenient Care Walk-in Clinic, Great Bend Internists, Imaging, Cardiac Rehab, Physical Therapy, Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice and a comprehensive Specialty Clinic. Hays Medical Center, which is part of The University of Kansas Health System, is the sole owner of St. Rose.