The extra care Maria and Brad Souder’s loved ones received at the end of life from Nathan Adelson Hospice convinced the couple to do more than simply donate. They volunteer and work to let everyone know how much of a difference hospice makes.

Maria and Brad have been donors and volunteers since 2008, when Nathan Adelson Hospice cared for Maria’s father. After Maria’s mother became ill in 2018, Maria recalled, “Putting my parents on Hospice was an easy decision. Both mom and dad wanted hospice care and had planned for their end of life well,” says Maria. “We were so impressed with the care, we plan to go to Nathan Adelson Hospice when our time comes,” adds Brad.

The Souder’s journey of care for their loved ones began after Maria’s father's extraordinary battle with cancer. The hospice staff admired his sense of humor and love of his family. He wanted to visit Red Rock Canyon one last time with his loved ones, so the Nathan Adelson Hospice staff worked to make a wonderful memory for the family. “He couldn’t see from the melanoma but loved the entire day. The smell, sounds, and feel of the park really moved him,” says Maria. “My dad’s life was a whole lot better. It was hard when he did go, but the way everything was taken care of made me know everything was okay.”

In 2018, Maria’s mother faced the end of her journey of life. “I made the decision with mom, made the call to Nathan Adelson, and mom was checked in the next day,” says Maria. At the same time, her husband Brad was undergoing cancer treatments. “Taking care of mom in hospice and Brad’s treatments, constantly running around, it was a ton of work,” says Maria. Nathan Adelson Hospice made a huge difference in her life during this time. “The beautiful room my mom was staying in had a little fridge and was set up for family members to stay extended amounts of time. They even provided an extra bed for my sister visiting from out of town,” says Maria.

The support the Souders received from Nathan Adelson Hospice was invaluable. Maria and Brad are grateful for the ease of admission and their ability to simply focus on Maria’s mother and father. During both parents’ stay, their spiritual needs were attended to by the Nathan Adelson Hospice chaplains. The Souder family regularly utilized the onsite chapels for church service. After the passing of each parent, The Souder Family utilized both the group and individual counseling sessions. “We felt the group sessions with Gayle were excellent. It didn’t make it easier, but helped with our triggers. The most impressive thing were all the people who attended, and were grieving, seeing them open up. I also like that anyone can attend, not just NAH patients and families,” says Brad.

Impressed with the mission of Nathan Adelson Hospice, Maria and Brad remain active donors and volunteers. They can often be found at health fairs distributing hospice information, delivering meals to patients and families, attending veteran pinning ceremonies, volunteering in the office, and greeting guests at events. “How rewarding and special volunteering is! In our time volunteering for NAH, we received excellent training, and we never heard a negative comment, and many just wanted to say thank you,” says Maria. Additionally, Brad is a leukemia survivor and they are very active with the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society too. 

"We truly can’t say enough about NAH. From everyone to the cleaning people to the clinical staff, everyone was so compassionate and respectful. We had every question answered immediately. The wonderful part is the care isn’t just for the patient, but for our entire family too. They whole experience went above and beyond expectations at all times. We give because we’re helping people, those who cannot help themselves. We are paying it forward,” says Maria.


(as of March 16, 2020)


The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak continues to evolve rapidly, both globally and locally. In keeping with our mission and values, the quality of care we provide to our patients and the safety of our staff  remain the two most important priorities at Nathan Adelson Hospice (NAH).

We are proceeding with an abundance of caution to protect our patients and their families, staff, and volunteers. Our approach is in line with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, the Southern Nevada Health District, the Nevada Hospital Association and our own Emergency Management Plan.

On March 12th, A Flair for Care Fashion Presentation and Luncheon, featuring summer and fall collections from fashion icon Chloé, was held in the fabulous Lafite Ballroom at Wynn Las Vegas. More than 400 attendees helped raise almost $500,000 for Nathan Adelson uncompensated care programs and services supporting our vision that no one ends the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain. Last year, Nathan Adelson Hospice provided more than $2.8 million in uncompensated care programs and services to individuals throughout southern Nevada.

  • Do you want to make the best possible transition from medical care to end-of-life care for you or your loved one?
  • Are you unsure about how to evaluate the best hospice?
  • Are you familiar with the differences between for-profit and non-profit hospices?


If you are deciding on which hospice should provide care to you or your loved one, it might help to understand the differences between for-profit and non-profit hospices – and how those differences influence the outcome of patient care.  

There are many for-profit and non-profit hospices 

There are over 4,500 hospices in the United States, with for-profit hospices vastly outnumbering non-profit hospices. Medicare and private insurance companies both compensate for-profit and non-profit hospices at the same rate. All hospices must comply with the same state and federal regulations. 

Our own Chaplain Matt Metevelis published this last year in Vegas Inc. Magazine. We thought it would be a good article to re-post so please share with anyone you think could benefit from it. 

The holidays can be relentless. Starting with displays showing up in stores after Labor Day, they continue with an avalanche of reminders, swallowing up an entire month in shopping, cooking, parties and family gatherings.

While the season is joyous, it can also be a season of stress. For those coping with the loss of a loved one, this stress is compounded. Reminders of happier times, disruptions in plans, empty spaces at family tables, and the societal stress to be happy and joyful can trigger increasing and vivid pain in those dealing with loss. It is never easy to grieve, but during the holidays, grief can become overwhelming.

The Army had been Joseph’s* entire life. After Joseph retired, he and his wife of over 50 years, Laura,* looked forward to a happy and peaceful retirement. 

However, this Veteran had one more battle to fight. His body remained strong, but his mind began to fail. Laura watched in despair as her husband began to lose the war with dementia. She cared for him the best she could, but by the time his 80th birthday rolled around, it was clear this was an enemy he could not defeat. 

We are honored to participate in the Before I Die ... Wall project as part of our National Hospice Month observance.

The Before I Die ... Wall is a project that has drawn awareness to the end-of-life conversation in 78 countries and 36 languages. 

  • Are you feeling anxious about deciding where your loved one should spend their final days, weeks, or months?
  • Do you want your loved one cared for in their home, yet don’t feel prepared? 
  • Would you be surprised to learn that most people prefer to die in their own home?


What matters most at a time like this?

Given a choice, most of us prefer to be at home when we are not feeling well. You will be interested to know that it’s no different for people at the end of life. Research shows that most people with a terminal illness prefer to be cared for in the place they call home. Their home may be a private residence or the home of a loved one, an assisted living center, or perhaps a skilled nursing facility. 

Over 90% of Nathan Adelson Hospice patients receive care in the place they call home. We bring our professional care team to our patients, no matter where they reside. Should the need arise for acute pain and symptom management, patients may receive care in one of our inpatient facilities.   

The hospice care team is made up of different specialties.

It takes a variety of skilled professionals to deal with the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual care a terminally ill patient needs. Most families would find it impossible to assemble such a team. Hospice does this for you, using an interdisciplinary team trained in end-of-life care. 

We have walked this path before.

These team members know what patients and families will go through as they enter hospice. Time and again, they see what a patient is likely to experience during the end-of-life journey – so they work closely with you, your loved one and each other to optimize care at every stage. This approach results in better patient and family outcomes than when individual health professionals work in isolation.

  • Have you seen a diminished quality of life due to the treatment of a long-term illness?
  • Are you or your loved one experiencing high levels of stress and anxiety, and new forms of depression while dealing with a long-term illness?
  • Are you open to adding natural treatments to alleviate undesirable symptoms?

What can help with the stress of end-of-life issues?

Patients may experience high levels of emotional stress and anxiety as they deal with end-of-life issues.  Even though patients are no longer searching for a cure, they can still benefit from compassionate care therapies. Many patients and their loved ones have found that Complementary Therapies help ease their discomfort.

The Nathan Adelson Story

Nathan Adelson was a beloved hospital administrator following a long, painful battle with stomach cancer, Mr. Adelson passed away. His family and friends realized that Southern Nevada lacked the expertise in end of life care so that terminally ill people could receive professional, compassionate and dignified end-of-life care. To honor Adelson’s memory, they worked to establish Nevada’s first hospice in 1978 and named it after their dear friend.  

You are exploring hospice for a very good reason.

If you are looking into hospice, it means you are coming to terms with the end-of-life journey for you or someone for whom you care. Understandably, people find this stressful, go through some soul-searching, and struggle with new, unfamiliar responsibilities. As overwhelming as it may seem, choosing hospice will be a wise choice. With a caring hospice team as your partner, the difficult days ahead will also bring compassion, care, and hands-on support. No one wants their loved ones to go through this critical time alone, afraid or in pain. Yet many families don’t feel equipped to handle the specialized care needed for their loved one.