Forrest General employee recognized with prestigious Heart of Hospice Award
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (August 7, 2015) Maxine Odum, a hospice nurse with Forrest General Hospital's Home Care and Hospice, was presented the Mississippi Heart of Hospice award Thursday, July 30 at the Louisiana-Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s conference in New Orleans, La.
The Heart of Hospice is an annual award presented by the Louisiana-Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (LMHPCO). The recipient of this award is a clinician from each of the two states who has demonstrated outstanding achievements in hospice and end-of-life care. The individual’s history and relationship to hospice/palliative care, accomplishments, and contributions that go above and beyond everyday job duties are considered when choosing the award winner.
This year's recipient is Maxine Odum. Maxine is a hospice nurse who has been with Forrest General's Home Care and Hospice for 24 years. During this time she has cared for hundreds of patients and positively impacted the lives of hundreds more. Even with this legacy, it is the comments and testimonies of individual patients and her colleagues that make Maxine Odum a worthy recipient for the Heart of Hospice Award.
Individuals who have experience in hospice understand that being a hospice care provider is more than just a job. It requires a level of dedication and commitment to excellence that only a few can master. Although only select individuals are "cut out" to be hospice providers, they do their jobs often unrecognized and with only the personal satisfaction that comes from making a tremendous difference in the lives of patients and families at the most difficult time. The Heart of Hospice award is a way that fellow hospice providers can showcase an individual who has made an outstanding commitment to the care of patients with terminal illnesses. Maxine Odum is truly the Heart of Hospice.