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  • News Release: 11/5/2020

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    November 05, 2020
    Hospice of the Valley offers enhanced care for Jewish families

    Hospice of the Valley has received a prestigious national certification for its long history of providing culturally sensitive care to Jewish families in our community. 

    The National Institute for Jewish Hospice (NIJH) commended the not-for-profit agency for educating its 1,500 staff about Jewish culture and values; integrating Jewish medical ethics into care; and teaching traditional aspects of Jewish grief and mourning. Hospice of the Valley is one of two Arizona hospices to achieve this important and meaningful designation.

    “The National Institute for Jewish Hospice is very happy to accredit Hospice of the Valley in Arizona and have them join our nationwide institution,” said Rabbi Yitzchok Young, NIJH education director. “We are proud that their dedicated care teams will join hundreds of hospices from coast to coast in providing specialized care for their terminally ill Jewish patients.”

    NIJH seeks to enhance quality of life for Jewish hospice patients through training and resources that help interdisciplinary care teams provide culturally sensitive emotional and spiritual support. This accreditation formally recognizes all that our state’s leading provider of hospice care has been doing for decades to meet the unique needs of the Jewish community

    “We are so proud of our tailored care to best meet individual needs — from the rabbis we have on staff, to our Shabbat Blessings program, to the kosher meals we provide to our patients in our inpatient units,” said Rachel Behrendt, senior vice president of operations for Arizona’s original and largest hospice. “This certification adds to the confidence our Jewish community has that Hospice of the Valley is committed to enhancing their journey.”

    For more information on NIJH accreditation, visit nijh.org/training/nijh-accreditation. To learn more about Hospice of the Valley, visit hov.org.
    Debora Britz, Communications Specialist
    dbritz@hov.org, (602) 636-6320