SCARBOROUGH — Hospice of Southern Maine (HSM) recently welcomed retired United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills to speak to at their annual staff meeting as part of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.
Staff Sgt. Mills served with the 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan during his third tour of duty, while on patrol on April 10, 2012, Mills was critically injured when the blast from an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) took portions of his legs and arms. He is one of only five quadruple amputees from the war on Iraq and Afghanistan to survive his injuries. Staff Sgt. Mills shared his story how he overcame life’s challenges and broke physical barriers and defied the odds. Mills spoke to hospice staff about the importance of perseverance and offered inspiration to “Never give up. Never quit.”
“We are honored to have Staff Sgt. Mills share his story. His courage and belief in the human spirit supports the work hospice staff does every day,” said Daryl Cady, CEO of Hospice of Southern Maine. “Travis has an incredible story that inspired all of us to keep going no matter what life throws our way.”
Hospice combines the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing end of life. Through this specialized quality care focused on symptom management and quality of life rather than curative measures, many patients and their families experience more meaningful moments together. Hospice helps individuals focus on living in the moment through a variety of programs and services.
For more information about hospice care and National Hospice Month, please visit hospiceofsouthernmaine.org.
About Hospice of Southern Maine
Hospice of Southern Maine’s mission is to provide compassion, care, and comfort through end of life, and it is the only non-profit hospice organization in southern Maine whose sole focus is end-of-life care. They seek neither to prolong life nor to hasten death, but to provide excellent care for patients with a life-limiting illness and support for their families, through their home care program or at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, Maine’s first freestanding inpatient hospice facility.
Hospice of Southern Maine is a non-profit 501(c) 3, Medicare certified, state licensed agency. To learn more, visit www.hospiceofsouthernmaine.org