‘Sentimental Journeys’

(l-r) Randall Page (EMS), Mrs. Elizabeth Heebner, Andriana Mensah, and Ken Phaiah (EMA) on their way to a memorable trip.

Hospice Southeastern Connecticut and American Ambulance have joined together to grant wishes for hospice patients. The program, called “Sentimental Journeys,” started 13 years ago in Colorado and now operates in 33 states. Originally a spur of the moment idea to grant a patient his last wish, Sentimental Journeys has grown into a formal program that allows patients to visit people, places, and memories one last time. Greg Allard, Vice President of American Ambulance, approached Hospice Southeastern Connecticut this past spring about Sentimental Journeys to work out details. Patients of Hospice and their family members can now take a Sentimental Journey to any location in eastern Connecticut in one of the American Ambulance carriers with EMT and Paramedic staff attending and providing medical assistance if needed.