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Houston Hospice Memorial Day Message

Houston Hospice honors the servicemen and women who lost their lives serving the United States of America on Memorial Day 2021

Memorial Day Message from Houston Hospice President & CEO Rana McClelland


Houston Hospice Honors Those Who Lost Their Lives During Memorial Day


On Memorial Day, we honor the military personnel who faithfully served the United States of America and gave their lives so that we have the right to “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” We are forever grateful for their brave service to our country and will forever honor their memory. As we remember those who have passed, let us also honor Veterans in our community today.

In partnership with the We Honor Veterans program, we recognize the unique needs of Veterans and their families in hospice care. As a Level-4 Partner, we provide Veteran-centric education to staff and volunteers, work closely with Veterans Affairs, and continue to reach more and more Veterans in need. It is an honor and a privilege to serve those who have served us.

Life Matters at Houston Hospice and we are grateful for the servicemen and women around the world, Veterans who work for our organization and those who have passed through these historic walls. It is because of their dedication, courage, and sacrifice that we are here to enjoy the freedoms of today.

To honor the memory of those who served our country, a Husband-Wife Volunteer Team has placed 100 U.S. Flags along the grounds of our hospice care facility. We hope that this patriotic tribute inspires gratitude and peace for passersby in the Texas Medical Center and beyond.

As I reflect on what I am grateful for, our dedicated staff and volunteers come to mind. Their skills in hospice care are state-of-the-art and their commitment to our mission has helped us serve the community for over 40 years.

To all those who serve or have served our community and our nation, I wish you health and happiness as you enjoy time with family, friends, and coworkers, this Memorial Day.

Rana McClelland, President & CEO, Houston Hospice

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Houston Hospice Volunteer of the Year 2021 – Jerri Trigg

Houston Hospice Volunteer of the Year 2021 is Jerri Trigg

Jerri Trigg, Volunteer of the Year

Each year, our Volunteer Team thoughtfully selects the Houston Hospice Volunteer of the Year from over 120 wonderful and generous people. This year’s special altruist was selected for going above and beyond general duties to help hospice patients, families, and staff during one of the most challenging year’s the world has seen. We are pleased to share that Jerri Trigg has been named 2021 Houston Hospice Volunteer of the Year!

“Over her seven years of volunteer work at Houston Hospice, Jerri has donated her time and talent in so many valuable ways,” said Patty Valle, Volunteer Manager, Houston Hospice. “She has worked directly with patients and families, assisted in our Texas Medical Center business office and Northwest office, delivered Thanksgiving dinner to a family in need, decorated holiday wreaths that adorned our in-patient unit, delivered elusive cans of  Lysol and N95 masks to help keep us safe during the pandemic, and so much more! We are grateful to Jerri for her generosity, kindness, and dedication to Houston Hospice,” continued Patty.

Jerri’s path to Houston Hospice began when her parents were in hospice care one year apart from each other. In both cases, the family experienced compassion, caring, patient and informative guidance during their journey through the end-of-life process. These quality-of-life experiences had a positive impact on Jerri and encouraged her volunteer efforts.

“I have always volunteered and participated in fundraising events throughout the community,” recalled Jerri. “After my own experiences with hospice, I always said I would like to give back in some way. Then, a friend of mine shared information about an upcoming  Butterfly Luncheon.  I was surprised to find out that it  was hospice for children and that really touched me! I attended the luncheon, and as they say, the rest is history,” she proudly stated.

Houston Hospice Volunteers are an integral part of our multi-disciplinary team, are carefully vetted and thoroughly trained to focus on improving the quality of life of patients with a serious illness. Each team consists of seven members – a physician, nurse, social worker, chaplain, bereavement counselor, hospice aide and volunteer. This specialized group of people provide a unique care plan for each individual patient, and their family, throughout the hospice care experience and the bereavement process. It takes a great deal of courage and compassion to be a hospice volunteer.

“Volunteering at Houston Hospice has been a positive and rewarding experience,” said Jerri. “I have met so many wonderful people here. Our many volunteers are like a big, caring family and I am so honored to be a part of this organization,” she beamed.

Houston Hospice is grateful to Volunteer of the Year 2021 Jerri Trigg, and to all her fellow volunteers, for the time, talent, and compassion they have invested to ensure patients and families receive the best possible end-of-life care they truly deserve.

For more information about volunteering at Houston Hospice, visit

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Houston Hospice Family Honors Anniversary with Sweet Gratitude

Lyssy Family Delivers Mini Bundt Cakes to Houston Hospice Nurses Feb 2021

Pictured from left: Houston Hospice Family LeAnne and Ervin presented mini-bundt cakes to nurses and staff at Houston Hospice in honor of their loved one’s passing.

Sharing with others proves helpful during the bereavement process


On the anniversary of a patient’s death, Houston Hospice families honor their loved ones in a variety of ways. Our organization supports the healthy expression of love and remembrance during each person’s grief journey.

Recently, the Lyssy Family returned to Houston Hospice to express their heartfelt appreciation to the nurses and staff who cared for the matriarch of their family during her time in hospice care.

“This is the 6-month anniversary of our mother’s passing,” said LeAnne (pictured above and on behalf of her siblings). “Our family wanted to make this day special by expressing our gratitude to the compassionate nurses who showed us kindness and respect. Our mom was a nurse too and an inspiration,” she continued.

The clinical staff received dozens of mini-bundt cakes from the Pearland couple.

Houston Hospices Nurses and Staff Receive Mini-Bundt Cake from the Lyssy Family in honor of the passing of Karen Lyssy.

Houston Hospice clinical staff share their surprise, mini-bundt cakes from the Lyssy Family in honor of Karen Lyssy’s passing. Pictured from left are Serena Simms-Young, CNA; Angelina Perales, CNA; Chemane Hubbard, RN.

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Houston Hospice Names New Board Chair, Joyce Testa Salhoot

Houston Hospice Board Chair 2021 Joyce Salhoot.

Houston Hospice Board Chair Joyce Salhoot.

Meet our new Board Chair,

Joyce Testa Salhoot, MSW, MHA


Houston Hospice is pleased to welcome Joyce Testa Salhoot as our new Board Chair. Joyce began her service on the Board four years ago when asked by her long-time friend and former Board

Chair, Michele Sabino.  Having had many close friends who spent their final days in our care, she was familiar with the organization and its good work.  Joyce brings a great deal of expertise to the Board from her notable career. Now retired, she spent half of her career as a social worker for TIRR and the other half in hospital administration at Memorial Hermann Hospital. Originally from Niagara Falls, Joyce moved to Houston after completing her Masters of Social Work.

Goals for her Board tenure include: building a network that will support growth; ensuring the longevity of the nonprofit hospice model; and growing awareness of hospice care as a viable end-of-life care option among diverse communities. This last point is a driving passion for Joyce. “I am committed to leading efforts to foster and maintain an environment where Diversity and Inclusion are valued and achieved for the benefit of Houston Hospice staff, volunteers, patients and families.”

President & CEO Rana McClelland, MBA, echoes these thoughts: “I look forward to strategically integrating the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives developed under Joyce’s leadership into everyday operations. Our goal is to attract a diverse workforce and provide accessible services, delivered in a way that respects the needs of each individual and does not exclude anyone.”

For a complete list of the Houston Hospice Leadership Team and Board of Directors, click here.

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