What is Hospice?

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Hospice is for anyone who is terminally ill – not just patients with cancer. By bringing the hospital to the patient, hospice provides holistic and personalized care that is focused on comfort, rather than a cure. Care is provided by an interdisciplinary team of professionals who consider the whole person, including physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. Hospice care is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in the comfort of your home or community.

Hospice is unique because it provides care beyond the patient, including emotional, physical, social service and spiritual support to caregivers and family – giving them peace of mind and promoting a better quality of life for everyone involved.

When Is Hospice the Right Choice?

You or your loved one may qualify for hospice sooner than you think, and we believe it is important to explore the option early. With holistic, personalized care, patients not only enjoy a better quality of life, but a study sponsored by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has shown that patients can actually live longer with hospice.

Why Is Dignity Hospice the Right Choice?

Dignity Hospice is a Texas-based provider of hospice, palliative and related care. We provide exceptional levels of comfort, compassion and support to patients with life-limiting, progressive illnesses, their caregivers and their families. Through our expertise and comprehensive care, we seek to make certain that the lives of the patients we serve are lived with quality and dignity. And we want to continue our care for their families so they do not mourn uncomforted as they cope with issues during and after the final stages of life.

We believe an important distinction for Dignity is that we are Texans, just like you. We are owned, operated and staffed by Texans. We’re your neighbors, and you can trust we will always be real, authentic partners in this journey.

We are serious about doing the right thing – always – and every member of our team is empowered to do whatever it takes to achieve it. It is our core mission, and we do not take the responsibility lightly.

It is important to us to involve our patients and their families in all decisions. We also believe that care for the whole family is just as important as care for the patient. We are here when you need us and we respect that everyone’s needs are different and very personal.

Most of all, we recognize this is your life, and we take nothing for granted. We know that often it’s the little things that matter the most. For us, recognizing that is how you achieve life with dignity.

Proven Medical Leadership

Medical Director – Dr. Davey Melissa Perrin, MD

Dr. “Missy” Perrin embodies authoritative yet compassionate hospice care in her role as Medical Director for Dignity Hospice.  A medical director who conducts face-to-face evaluations and works closely with the Director of Nursing is a rare gem…this is Dr. Perrin!  Missy believes that the hospice patient deserves the best possible care and balances out aggressive palliative care while not “over-medicating” a patient. Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, Dr. Perrin instinctively knows how the terminal disease is progressing and relies on more than just test results.  She values the input of the interdisciplinary team while balancing the authority of a medical director.

Dr. Perrin’s story is inspirational.  She worked in a clinic while attending medical school and then returned to the same clinic as a General Practitioner to serve the patients she had seen for 17 years as a nurse!  Dr. Perrin graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor of Science, the Medical University of the Americas, and completed her residency requirements at the Midland Family Medicine Residency Program in Midland, Michigan.

Missy recently married her husband, Mike, and they love to travel, dance, and ride on Mike’s motorcycle.

Director of Nursing – Deborah Lundy, BSRN

Debbie Lundy’s confidence is the result of forty-plus years of nursing experience and clinical supervision. Dignity Hospice, and our patients, LOVE Debbie.  (She attempts to see every patient!)  Debbie graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Women’s University in 1975, and served as a Director of Nursing in home health and hospice for the past fifteen years.

In September 2014, Mrs. Lundy joined the Dignity Hospice team. Instinctively observing the nuances of hospice symptomatology, Debbie knows when a patient requires a change in medication or level of care.  She instills this knowledge within the Dignity Hospice care provider and the result is excellence in service to every patient.

Debbie lives in Sunnyvale, Texas with her husband Dr. Bill Lundy and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.

Alternate Director of Nursing – Sandra Eichelberger, BSRN

Sandy Eichelberger is a second layer of nursing excellence at Dignity Hospice.  For two decades, Sandy served in Hawaii in women and children’s clinics and then in the emergency room.  When she and her veteran husband moved to Texas, Sandy felt a “calling” to hospice and has advanced to Alternate Nursing Director.  Joining Dignity Hospice, Sandy brings her enthusiasm for patient care, forty years of nursing experience, and calming presence to the staff she supervises and the patients she serves.

Sandy and her husband, Bryon, are avid rodeo fans and live on their ranch in the Dallas area.