Monday, January 24, 2022

Avow Hospice Receives Grant from Truist Foundation


Avow Hospice announced today it received a $20,000 grant from Truist Foundation to help fund a teaching skills simulation lab for Avow employees.

“The simulation lab offers a way for our teams to observe and evaluate best care practices in an environment that replicates a typical patient home,” says Avow’s Chief Compliance Officer Kerri Ervin. “Most of the care we provide takes place wherever our patients live, so it’s important our team members learn how to adapt their skills to settings they work in every day.”

The lab has a two-way mirror where observers can watch patient care team members practice their skills on programmable manikins that simulate patient conditions. The lab also has video equipment for recording, sharing and critiquing skills practice sessions. This allows the clinicians the opportunity to watch others perform tasks like giving baths, taking vital signs or talking with patients about difficult subjects. It also allows them to review videos of their own performance and look for areas of improvement. 

Avow invested in the simulation lab as part of its commitment to exceptional patient care. Avow’s hospice program has been quality certified continuously by The Joint Commission for 20 years.

“I’m pleased that our partnership with Avow will allow their employees to train and reinforce best practices when caring for patients,” said Darren Gersch, Collier County market president for Truist, on behalf of the Truist Foundation. “Our purpose at Truist is to inspire and build better lives and communities, and this is a perfect example of that in action.”

Avow was founded in 1983 as Collier County’s original, nonprofit hospice. Today, Avow’s nonprofit companies provide palliative care consultations for adults facing chronic or serious illness and hospice care and bereavement support services for children and adults.

To learn more about the scope of services provided by Avow, call 239-261-4404 or visit



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