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Panhandle Hospice Nurse Visits Capitol Hill

Barbara Mason, a registered nurse, personally met with Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito and other officials to talk about her experience in hospice care.
MARTINSBURG, WV - It's been nearly five years since Barbara Mason started taking care of West Virginians as a registered nurse for the Hospice of the Panhandle.

She was also the only nurse from WV to visit state leaders in Washington DC for Hospice Advocacy Day. She personally met with Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito and other officials to talk about her experiences in hospice care.

She says, "They all had a personal experience with hospice and it was a good one so the fact that I got that kind of reception when I went there was very overwhelming."

It's the type of care she hopes lawmakers will remember the next time they're voting on hospice related legislation. Cuts to medicare, sequestration and other healthcare reform acts are minimizing funds to the non-profit organization.

"I'm looking forward to when they go back into their session," says Mason, "that these aren't going to be the cuts that they make, that my voice made a difference."

Mason says a common misconception about hospice is that it only provides care for cancer patients. When in fact, they also care for patients with other life-threatening illnesses.

Mason says they're experts at providing quality end-of-life care.

If you'd like to learn if you or someone you know can get hospice care you can contact the Hospice of the Panhandle at (304) 264-0406.
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