Trinity's Hospice Program

In Minot and the surrounding area, Trinity's Hospice Program offers comfort to patients who are at the end stage of their disease process and choose palliative (comfort) care.

The hospice program is an option to help patients and their families not dwell on the dying process but to help bring a good of quality of life as possible.

The patient is usually referred to hospice by the primary physician. Referrals can also be made by clergy, social workers, family, friends, other health professionals, and the patient.

  • Important facts about hospice and palliative care

    - Professionally trained hospice staff provides real solutions to families in the midst of a crisis, while always honoring personal wishes and choices.

    -More people choose hospice and palliative care each year. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization reports that there are more than 4,100 hospice programs in the United States, and these programs cared for more than 1.5 million people last year.

    -Hospice care is not limited to cancer patients. Hospices now care for over half of all Americans who die from cancer and a growing number of patients with other chronic life-threatening illnesses, such as end-stage heart or lung disease and HIV-AIDS.

    -For over twenty-five years, hospice has been a fully covered benefit under Medicare. Hospice is also covered by Medicaid and most private insurance plans.

    -Hospice and palliative care is for the patient and the family. In addition to excellent medical care, hospice care includes emotional support, spiritual guidance, and bereavement support following the death.

    -Hospice provides all medication services and equipment related to terminal illness.

    -Research studies have shown that hospice care to be no more costly, and frequently less expensive, than conventional care during the last six months of life. This is because less high-cost technology is used and family, friends and volunteers provide much of the day-to-day patient care at home with the support of hospice professionals.

  • About Trinity's Hospice Program

    - Trinity's Hospice Program employs about 50 Hospice Workers including a physician medical director, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, pharmacist, social worker, dietician, chaplain, certified nursing assistants and volunteers

    - More people choose hospice and palliative care each year. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization reports that there are more than 4,100 hospice programs in the United States, and these programs cared for more than 1.5 million people last year

    - Trinity's Hospice Program admits an average of 150 patients a year and is available to consult and give support to patients and families during end-of-life care

    - Trinity Hospice received a 100 percent rating for the care patients received while under care of hospice (National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization Family Evaluation of Hospice Care Summary for Trinity Hospice, Quarter 2, 2009 )

    - 100 percent of Trinity Hospice families of former Trinity Hospice patients recommended hospice care to others (National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Family Evaluation of Hospice Care Summary for Trinity Hospice, Quarter 2, 2009)

    - All Trinity Hospice patients' families gave a 100 percent rating for the right amount of help for difficulty with breathing (National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization Family Evaluation of Hospice Care Summary for Trinity Hospice, Quarter 2, 2009 )

    - Approximately 94.7% Trinity Hospice patients received the right amount of pain medication (National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization Family Evaluation of Hospice Care Summary for Trinity Hospice, Quarter 2, 2009 )

    - Trinity Hospice received a 100 percent rating that their patients and families were confident that they know about medications for symptoms (National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization Family Evaluation of Hospice Care Summary for Trinity Hospice, Quarter 2, 2009 )

    - Trinity Hospice received a 100 percent rating on patient's personal needs being taken care of (National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization Family Evaluation of Hospice Care Summary for Trinity Hospice, Quarter 2, 2009 )

  • Grief Resources

    Bereavement counseling is another important aspect of Hospice. For many people the grief of losing a loved one to a terminal illness is overwhelming. Counseling helps family members and friends understand their grief and how to cope with loss.

    At Trinity, we offer the following support

    -Bereavement Classes - "Hope & Healing After A Death" is a series of six sessions for people who have experienced the death of a loved one. Topics include the phenomenon of grief, the mourning process and self-care strategies to promote healing. Contact Carol Mohagen, Trinity Hospice, 701-857-5083 or N.D. toll free 1-800-862-0005.

    -Support Group - Compassionate Friends is a support group for bereaved parents who have suffered the loss of a child of any age. Meets the 2nd Monday of each month, 7 p.m., 5 South Classroom, Trinity Hospital. Call Kim Kraft at 857-5233 or 857-5000

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    Trinity Home Health/Hospice is the premier home health agency in North Dakota, scoring well above national quality standards

    The department's longstanding commitment to quality is evident in the federal government's online comparison of home health programs, Home Health Compare.


    Home Health Compare lets healthcare consumers make decisions about home healthcare by comparing the performance of home health agencies across the country using 11 quality indicators. Trinity's home health program consistently scores above its state and national counterparts.


    Trinity's Home Health/Hospice department is consistently rated a "top performer" in VHA benchmark studies.

  • For more information about Trinity's Hospice Program, call 701-857-5083 or 701-857-5000, or toll free at 1-800-862-0005.