Initiatives Funded

Initiatives Funded 2015-2019:

  • Advanced Care Consortium - Comprised of community partners in order to develo and implement Respecting Choices, a nationally recognized, Advance Care Planning Model developed by Gunersen Health in LaCrosse, Wisc. 
  • To CoxHealth Foundation - In support of TPOPP (Transportable Physician Orders for Patient Preferences). TPOPP provides a method for transferring a person's treatment preferences into medical orders recognized through the healthcare continuum. TPOPP is a natural extension of the Respecting Choices initiative. 
2018 HFO Visit to Clarehouse in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Five Separate Grants to Mercy Health Foundation Springfield and Lebanon:

  • A hospice seminar in spring 2016 to help Mercy healthcare professionals review the criteria for qualifying for hospice, begin discussions with patients regarding end-of-life care, and strengthen their knowledge of palliative care.
  • To purchase two iPads with locking stands for patients nearing end-of-life to communicate with loved ones unable to visit them in person through technology such as Skype and FaceTime.
  • To support the Mercy Kids HeartPrints program, with 2016 operational costs, supplies, and upgrades in photography and printing equipment. HeartPrints provides family members who experience the death of a child under 18 with tangible items to assist with the mourning and healing process. 
  • Up-to-date training to about 25 volunteers through group seminars as well as individual on-line resources. 
  • For upgrades to the Lebanon Palliative Care room to ensure a more comfortable, compassionate stay for patients’ families as their loved ones near end-of-life.
  • BucketList+1Based on a pilot program with Drury University, funding provided for creation and implementation of an adaptable toolkit for community groups, universities, and other targeted organizations to use. The Bucketlist +1 campaign offers a simple and strategic 4-step plan to help individuals complete an advance directive. The campaign toolkit will serve as a strategic guide for group or organization leaders who wish to implement the campaign and encourage others to communicate their own end-of-life wishes by completing an advance directive.
  • Drury Senior Seminar ProjectSparked conversation with students about Advance Care Planning through four Death over Dinner events that gathered small groups together for end of life conversations while sharing a meal.
  • Springfield Library District and Respecting ChoicesA collaborative effort between the two HFO partners to provide a community-wide “Death over Dinner” event featuring nationally known speaker Anne Neumann.
  • Mercy, Oxford and Seasons Hospices For a collaborative effort between the three largest nonprofit hospices in the Springfield area to provide EDNA training to 50 nurse assistants. EDNA is End of Life Education for the Nurse Assistant. This training provides an immediate increase in the quality of end of life care. 
  • Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Association ─ To convert the online End of Life Education for the Nurse Assistant (EDNA) program from English to Spanish in 2016. Having culturally competent nursing makes a difference in terms of compliance and patient outcomes. 
  • Oxford HealthCare For continued support for music therapy. This program helps patients and families at end of life cope with physical pain, stress and anxiety, with the help of trained music therapists.
  • Springfield-Greene County Library to provide an enrichment series on Death & Dying: Conversations on End of Life Matters These week long events provided a variety of activities, education and presenters that encouraged conversations on end-of-life matters in an atmosphere where people are comfortable discussing difficult issues.
  • Texas County Medical Hospital Provided hospice education for Texas County Medical Hospital and Hospice Staff to aid in their discussions with patients and the community about end-of-life care.
  • Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Association (MHPCA) Prison Hospice Program Provides prison locations across the State of Missouri with the ability to use offenders as a part of their medical support with a growing elderly and chronically ill population.  The offenders are given the tools to understand and provide compassionate comfort care to other offenders at the end of life. 
  • Moral Injury ConferencesA collaborative effort between The Baptist Home, Oxford Hospice, Cox and Mercy to provide much needed education and awareness of Moral Injury for the healthcare community. Moral injury is defined by feelings of guilt, shame, remorse, anger, despair, mistrust, loss of meaning, isolation and is connected to other behavioral issues. Moral Injury is often associated with traumatic experiences. The program focuses on veteran’s and their end of life resolutions.
  • Norma A Carolla Scholarship Program Scholarship programs to provide nurses with a BSN degree the opportunity to obtain an MSN degree with special emphasis on end of life care. In addition, scholarships will be offered to Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA’s) at Ozark’s Technical Community College (OTC) to offer enhanced elective course options for those individuals interested in hospice/palliative care. Scholarships will also be offered to qualified hospice and palliative care professionals to attend the Midwest Regional Conference on Palliative and End of Life Care.   
  • Symposium on Moral Injury and Drumming at End of LifeProvides education on Moral Injury and to facilitate a pilot program that addresses the effects of Moral Injury and other unfavorable experiences for those in hospice care through wellness drumming.

The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerfeld


  • Retired Senior and Volunteer Program (RSVP) Reading Buddy and Pre-K PalsThis grant provided funds to purchase 500 books entitled “The Rabbit Listened” to be given to at risk children (Pre-K – 3rd grade) The book focuses on managing emotions when dealing with loss. Providing grief-focused books to the children in these programs promotes a healthier relationship with end-of-life issues. 
  • Oxford In Home Palliative Care ProgramOxford In Home Palliative Care Program is filling the gap that exists in our community between home health and hospice, especially for end of life patients who desire to continue to receive curative treatment. This program addresses and identifies the needs of patients who are discharged from a hospital, seeking in home care that includes pain management for quality of life, life-prolonging support, and a continuum of care.