The Elizabeth Hospice, an Escondido, California-based company that makes it part of their business strategy to hire veterans, received the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Outstanding Midsize Employer of the Year award July 30 during the 96th DAV National Convention in New Orleans.
The Elizabeth Hospice empowers hospice professionals to meet the unique needs of dying veterans. They strive to bring comfort to patients with a history of military service by matching hospice patients with fellow veteran staff or volunteers.
The organization currently has 15 veterans on staff and is actively recruiting more through DAV Veterans Career Fairs. Eight percent of the company’s volunteers are also veterans.
“On behalf of the board of directors, leadership, staff and volunteers of The Elizabeth Hospice, it is a privilege to spend time with veterans and their families and thank them for their service to our country. The Elizabeth Hospice is proud to recognize those who have done our country a great honor, by allowing our organization to honor them with great care,” said Jan Jones, CEO and president of The Elizabeth Hospice.
“The Elizabeth Hospice combines compassion and caring to veterans who are preparing to pass on, while actively hiring veterans to care for our unique population,” said DAV National Commander Dave Riley. “I am grateful they are making a singular effort to hire veterans who are able to provide comfort and care for fellow veterans entering the final stages of life.”
“This organization recruits and hires veterans as well as seeks out veteran volunteers,” said DAV National Employment Director Jeff Hall. “This profession is truly a sacred duty, and I’m grateful for their kindness and empathy for the men and women who served.”