In the 1970’s and ’80’s, Susan Silver was Director of Hospice Action and Book Review Editor for the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She was the first—and briefest—employee of the National Hospice Organization, and a founder and Executive Director of Hospice Care of the District of Columbia. For the thirty years following, she directed numerous non-profit health and social services organizations in Washington, DC. Today she is the volunteer Executive Director of Comprehensive Care in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Title by Susan Silver
Reclaiming The People's Mandate
Released: September 2021
In the nearly fifty years since hospice emerged in the United States, it has evolved from a consumer-driven concept of humane care for the dying to a mega-dollar industry. In the process, the priority has changed from the intimacies of caregiving to profits for stockholders. Hospice Manifesto: Reclaiming the People’s Mandate traces that progression, compares the development to other political movements in the healthcare arena, and recommends actions for hospice activists to reclaim the spirit of hospice.