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Boquete Health and Hospice gives a big THANK YOU to Dr. Newton Osborne.
When Boquete Health and Hospice formed in 2007, we needed a Medical Director in compliance with the guidelines of hospices in the U.S. and the Palliative Care initiative locally.   Dr. Newton Osborne graciously agreed to fill that position and has performed that service since our inception.  Boquete Health and Hospice appreciates all that he has done for us and we thank Newton very, very much for having fulfilled the role as Medical Director when we needed him most. 

BHHF Annual Board Retreat

The Boquete Health and Hospice annual board retreat was held in April to discuss the goals and mission of our organization. The Mission Statement was updated.

 Our Mission
Since 2007, Boquete Health & Hospice  Foundation (BHHF) has provided free, caring assistance to people with temporary illness or at the end of life.  Our Mission is to inform and promote community health; and, to support people with health and wellness needs by providing information, equipment and services.

2018 Goals

The goals for the coming year include increasing participants in the Blood Donor Program; continue our outreach to the community for better name recognition and utilization of services; provide continuing education on health related topics at our monthly meetings and presentations like Being Prepared: and provide local medical services information to the community through the Health Fair.

Being Prepared


May 22, at BCP 10:30

Being Prepared by BHHF

Part 1: Getting Started/Restarted

How many of your friends know how to contact your loved ones back home in an emergency? 

Who would you call for help here in an emergency? 

Do you know medical or end of life decisions cannot be made by a spouse, friend or partner without proper documents?

Come to BHHF’s Being Prepared presentation, Getting Started/Restarted, and find out how to be prepared here in Boquete. We will go through these forms to help you get organized. *
1. Buddy Connection
2.  When Someone Dies at Home in Boquete
3.  Final Arrangements Check List
4.  Information Needed On a Panamanian Death Certificate
5.  Important Information Notebook

*A packet of these forms will be available at all presentation for a small donation. Also included in this packet is information on the Five Wishes document to help you create your Living Will.

May 29 at BCP at 10:30

Being Prepared by BHHF

Part 2: The Living Will and Last Will 

Do you need an attorney to develop your living will? Is your last will from your homeland valid in Panama?
Juan Contreras, a Boquete attorney, will address Panamanian Living Wills and Last Wills. There will also be time for questions.

Part 3: Workshop (TBD)

Part of the Being Prepared process is creating a living will. If you need help in creating/developing a living will and have questions, attend our workshop (date and locations to be determined). Facilitators will be medical and counseling professionals to help answer your questions. 



April 12 -  May 10 -  June 14 -  July 12 -  August 9 -  September 13
October 11 -  November 8 -  December 13

1:00 at the Amigos de Animales building in Alto Boquete
To suggest topics & speakers write:
Laurie Collier -  klcollier5@gmail.com or
Linda Sanchez - boquete720@gmail.com

April Health Tip 



Book Corner  aHR0cDovL3d3dy5zZW5kY2FzdGxlLmNvbS9wdWJs

The April book selection is Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande. The following is a review by one of our members:

This book has become a must read. It addresses end-of-life care, and how we are getting it wrong, both within the medical establishment and in our families.

Dr. Gawande’s book is a good read because it is a personal collection of stories. Its protagonists are people approaching the end of life, hoping always to lengthen their time, learning the inevitability of life’s end. Their stories are interspersed with the story of Gawande, the doctor learning more than he has been taught in medical school, how to talk to patients, especially at those times when medicine and surgery, “cures”, are no longer effective and may in fact lead to an earlier, more painful death than abandoning vain hope.

It highlights the human needs during the ending stages of life. It’s not just quantity, but quality of life that counts. Gawande gives great advice for how to have the hard discussions and what the right questions are so that we can make the best decisions for ourselves and our loved ones. What really matters most to the individual? What makes life worth living? What trade-offs are you willing to make?

A very good book! It will start some important discussions for sure.       
6,984 FIVE Star ratings can’t be wrong.

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We have entered our video in the Video Festival. The festival has been postponed. Between June 1-14 go to the YouTube link and click on the thumbs up to vote for our video. You can only vote once. We will appreciate your votes!!

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To Make a Donation:
BHHF functions with the donations provided by the community. If you are interested in supporting the work we do, please make a donation. To make a financial contribution by check or cash contact Laurie Collier, our treasurer, at lojocollier@yahoo.com  to arrange a place and time to pick up your donation. 

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To Contact Us
Hospice/Health: 507.6781.9250
Blood Donor Program: 507.6590.2000
E-mail: boquetehospice@gmail.com
E-mail: boquetehealth@gmail.com
All patient information shared with any Boquete Health and Hospice volunteer is kept in the strictest confidence. 
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