New Healing PTSD stamp

A new stamp issued by the United States Post Office raises funds to help those with post-traumatic stress disorder. The stamp is 65 cents; money raised over the usual cost of a stamp will go toward PTSD research.

A new hospice care provider has opened in Huntington and will serve patients in Adams, Allen, Huntington and Wells counties.

Compassus is part of a nationwide network of community-based hospice, palliative and home health care programs.

The company provides high-quality and compassionate hospice care to improve quality of life for patients facing a life-limiting illness and their families. The team of physicians, nurses, hospice aides, social workers, chaplains and volunteers work together to meet the patient’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

This comprehensive approach to health care continues to be underutilized throughout the United States, according to a news release from Compassus. Studies have proved that earlier access to hospice care and longer lengths of stay improve patient and family satisfaction.

Yet, in Indiana, less than half (48.9%) of Medicare decedents were enrolled in hospice at the time of death in 2017. Nationally, 40.5% of beneficiaries received 14 days or less of care, according to Compassus.

“Our new location in Huntington will allow us to increase awareness of the benefits for those with serious and life-limiting illness,” said Katie Campbell, executive director. “Our goal is to help patients and families gain access to the right level of care at the right time to support and improve their end-of-life journeys.”

Technically called Compassus – Fort Wayne, the company is located at 2855 Northpark Ave., Suite 101, Huntington. For more information, call 260-888-1721. Learn more at compassus.com.

USF gets grant for virtual cadaver

Parkview Physicians Group has given the University of Saint Francis a grant to purchase and install an Anatomage Table in the Achatz Hall of Science and John and Toni Murray Research Center.

The Anatomage Table is a virtual cadaver that will allow USF students to visualize and dissect skeletal tissues, muscles and organs by virtual slicing and segmenting the anatomy.

“Through this interactive 3D virtual anatomy dissection table, students will build a diverse skill set by developing familiarity with common radiographic studies of CT and MRI images and by engaging with over 600 case studies and pathologies,” said Dr. Andrea Geyer, dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, in a news release. “This 3D anatomy visualization center will serve as an excellent complement to USF’s four-table cadaver lab as it will be used in a significant number of courses in the sciences, along with more than 24 School of Health Sciences courses.”

The grant continues a strong relationship between USF and Parkview Physicians Group.

“Parkview Physicians Group is happy to support University of Saint Francis’ vision of becoming a premier center for excellence and innovation in healthcare education,” said Dr. Mitch Stucky, president, Parkview Physicians Group. “The Anatomage Table will be an excellent addition to their program by offering advanced technology that will improve the educational experience of their healthcare students.”

Post office issues PTSD stamp

The U.S. Postal Service has issued the Healing PTSD semipostal stamp to help raise funds for those diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The stamp features a photographic illustration of a green plant sprouting from the ground, which is covered in fallen leaves. The image is intended to symbolize the PTSD healing process. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp with original art by Mark Laita.

“The Postal Service is honored to issue this semipostal stamp as a powerful symbol of the healing process, growth and hope for tens of millions of Americans who experience PTSD,” said David C. Williams, vice chairman, Board of Governors, U.S. Postal Service. “Today, with the issuance of this stamp, the nation renews its commitment to raise funds to help treat soldiers, veterans, first responders, health care providers and other individuals dealing with this condition.”

News of the Healing PTSD semipostal stamp is being shared on social media using the hashtags #HealingPTSDStamp and #SemipostalStamps.

PTSD develops in some children and adults who have survived a traumatic event, such as a natural disaster, car accident, physical or sexual assault, abuse and combat.

The Healing PTSD semipostal stamp is being sold for 65 cents. The price includes the First-Class Mail single-piece postage rate in effect at the time of purchase plus an amount to fund PTSD research. By law, revenue from sales of the Healing PTSD semipostal stamp — minus the postage paid and the reimbursement of reasonable costs incurred by the Postal Service — will be distributed to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Semipostal Authorization Act, Pub. L. 106–253, allows the U.S. Postal Service to issue and sell semipostal stamps to advance such causes as it considers to be ‘’in the national public interest and appropriate.’’ Under the program, the Postal Service intends to issue semipostal stamps during a 10-year period, with each stamp to be sold for no more than two years. The Alzheimer’s semipostal stamp, issued Nov. 30, 2017, was the first. The Healing PTSD semipostal stamp is the second. Additional discretionary semipostal stamps have not yet been determined.

Cindy Larson is a longtime Fort Wayne journalist and is a Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly reporter. To submit items, send email to clarson@kpcmedia.com or call 260-426-2640, Ext. 3369.

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