February 6, 2017

Unity Hospice of Northwest Indiana Fulfills Patient’s Last Wish

Merrillville, Ind. – Making one last wish come true for Retired Air Force Veteran Victor McGovern was a top priority for Unity Hospice of Northwest Indiana.


Unity Hospice Care Team (from top left): Music Therapist Jory Brown, Chaplain Steve Buchelt, Volunteer Coordinator Chrissy Huntzinger, Social Worker Anna McCabe, Patient Victor McGovern

On Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, Unity Hospice planned a visit at an airport hangar at the Porter County Regional Airport so McGovern can relive his military days and sit amongst the planes he used to work on during the Vietnam War.

Accompanied by his wife and Unity Hospice care team, McGovern was transported to the airport from his home in Gary, Ind., for a complimentary tour of the airport hangar which previously housed the Indiana Aviation Museum. The museum once featured displays of working military and civilian planes. Now it is home to a few military aircrafts and antiques, which McGovern was able to view.

The tour was led by Unity Hospice Chaplain and Pilot Steve Buchelt. Buchelt serves as McGovern’s chaplain during his time on hospice, and it was he who discovered McGovern’s love for planes and desire to see them one last time.

Buchelt, along with Unity Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Chrissy Huntzinger, facilitated the last wish event for McGovern.

Airport Hangar Owner and prior owner of the Indiana Aviation Museum Jim Read offered his hangar space for McGovern. Additionally, Superior Ambulance Service in Northwest Indiana donated their time and transportation services in honor of McGovern’s service to our country.

McGovern’s last wish event was documented by CBS Chicago.

About Unity Hospice
Founded in 1992, Unity Hospice is a family owned and operated hospice and palliative care company committed to providing comprehensive care, support and education to people facing a life-limiting illness, those who care for them and the community. Unity Hospice offers care of the highest quality by licensed and competent staff in accordance with laws & regulations and accepted standards of practice. With the dedication to make their patients’ days comfortable, Unity Hospice provides an interdisciplinary approach to each individual and family, in which they go above and beyond everyday to meet their needs.

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