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Copeland named administrator of local Preferred Hospice office

Sean Copeland has been named the new Administrator for the Preferred Hospice office in Farmington. Preferred Hospice of Farmington serves patients in Jefferson, Washington, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Perry, Madison, Iron, Wayne, and Reynolds counties.

Copeland returns Farmington after being promoted to the St. Louis’s Preferred Hospice Office as Administrator in February of 2016.

Copeland first joined the Preferred Hospice team in Farmington as an LPN in January of 2011.

“I saw the compassion and care that Preferred Hospice provided through my dealings with my neighbor and the Preferred Hospice team that entered their home. I looked around and I knew that Preferred Hospice was the best,” said Copeland.

He believes in Preferred Hospice and the services it provides to Veterans Affairs, Alzheimer’s Support, and Meals on Wheels as well as the compassionate group of CNAs, Nurses, Chaplains, Social Workers, and Volunteers that make Preferred Hospice known for great care.

“Copeland was first hired in 2011 as a field nurse and we received many compliments on him from nursing facilities, patients, and families over the years,” said Director of Clinical Services Cindy Cole. “It was also apparent that he had a lot of leadership qualities and talents that would benefit him and us in the future.”

Copeland believes that the group of CNAs and Nurses in Farmington are among the best and our combined skills will lead us in the direction we need to go.

“I am dedicated to providing a comfortable team environment to our employees. I have been in the field of industrial medicine for a number of years and have managed employees and nurses in the field,” said Copeland. “With my combined experience as a Hospice Nurse, the St. Louis office Administrator, and my experience in Management, there are great things to come in Farmington.”

Copeland’s role in Farmington will entail building a clientele and managing a great group of people which includes everyday issues such as scheduling, budgeting, and providing staff support.

“My experience as a Hospice Nurse has allowed me to manage and control the needs of both the patient and the family of our clientele. I want to share and teach with my experience in this field to anyone that will listen. Being a caregiver in this field is an amazing career and what you put into it; you get back over and over. I have trained most of our nurses/CNAs at our Farmington location and I watch them grow in the field. I see them take this career and make it their own, and love their job.”

Copeland also wants to help educate the communities about what Preferred Hospice provides in their time of need. He adds that it’s the ultimate gift a family can provide to their loved one in their most vulnerable time.

“People do not realize that we will provide every aspect of care to a family at home; equipment, medication, and education allowing them to become the primary caregiver in a familiar setting,” said Copeland.

Copeland says his family is his biggest supporter of taking on this new role.

“My wonderful wife and five beautiful children with a daughter-in-law and son-in law that are just absolutely perfect as well as three granddaughters are always behind me. My second biggest supporter is the Preferred Hospice team in Farmington. I have grown so much with my involvement with this great group of folks. My friends in my personal life also push me to take on new challenges,” said Copeland.

Copeland lives in the heart of the Ozark Mountains and loves the outdoors. He enjoys bow hunting, fishing, and running.

The mission of Preferred Hospice is to have a positive impact on the lives of those we service, inspire through example, and encourage celebration of life. We will assist with emotional peace of mind and both physical and spiritual healing. For more information, to refer a patient, or to become a volunteer, call Preferred Hospice at 756-9800 or toll free at 1-888-756-9802.

Sean Copeland

Sean Copeland

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