Genesis Hospice Recognizes First We Honor Veterans Recipient - Genesis HealthCare System - Zanesville, Ohio

Published on May 01, 2014

Genesis Hospice Recognizes First We Honor Veterans Recipient

Zanesville, OH (May 1, 2014) – Genesis Hospice Care recently recognized its first veteran in the “We Honor Veterans” campaign. John Mathews, age 92, received the recognition for his service in World War II.

Genesis Hospice is a partner in the national campaign to provide care and support to veterans. “There are a lot of veterans in our area. We’re honored to be able to provide unique type of care that addresses the special needs of people who have served our country,” said Rebecca Jenei, R.N., BSN, director of Genesis Hospice Care. Genesis Hospice is the only hospice in the area to become a national partner in the “We Honor Veterans” campaign and achieve a Level One status.

Mathews was honored with an emeritus pin from Shelly Winkle, R.N., a nurse in Genesis Hospice Care. He served in Austria helping free Jewish citizens and also fought in the Battle of the Bulge. “John was full of compassion, and he inspired us in Hospice to help recognize him. Without our veterans, we wouldn’t be the free nation that we are today,” Winkle said. During the presentation at his home near Norwich surrounded by family, Mathews also received a proclamation from U.S. Representative Bill Johnson of Ohio’s 6th District.

U.S. veterans comprise 25 percent of the people who die every year in the United States. The “We Honor Veterans” program focuses on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment. The program is provided through the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

To find out more about the “We Honor Veterans” campaign, call Genesis Hospice at (740) 454-5364.


John Mathews, a World War II veteran, receives an emeritus pin from Shelly Winkle, R.N., a nurse at Genesis Hospice. Mathews was the first veteran to be recognized in the “We Honor Veterans” campaign – a national program by Genesis Hospice that addresses the unique needs of men and women who have served in the armed forces. Mathews received the recognition at his home near Norwich.

About Genesis HealthCare System

Genesis is an integrated healthcare delivery system based in Southeastern Ohio. The system includes Genesis Hospital, a not-for-profit hospital in Zanesville; centers of excellence including Respiratory, Women’s & Children’s, Emergency & Trauma, Cancer Services; Neurosciences & Orthopedics; Center of Surgical Excellence; the Heart and Vascular Institute, an extensive network of more than 300 physicians; and multiple outpatient care centers throughout the region. Affiliates of Genesis include Northside Pharmacies, Northside Oxygen & Medical Equipment Company, Genesis Community Ambulance Service, Genesis Children’s Center and more. Better Begins Here.

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