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Unity Hospice of Northwest Indiana fulfills Gary resident’s last wish

Making one last wish come true for Gary, Ind., resident and retired Air Force veteran Victor McGovern was a top priority for Unity Hospice of Northwest Indiana.

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.

UNITY HOSPICE CHAPLAIN Steve Buchelt and Jim Read, former owner of the Indiana Aviation Museum, escorted hospice patient Victor McGovern into the museum hangar where they posed in front of one of the three remaining military planes that were part of the museum.

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, 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.

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MRS. BRENDA MCGOVERN, center, observes as her husband, hospice patient Victor McGovern arrives at the airport hangar. McGovern’s transportation was facilitated by the Superior Ambulance Service in Highland, IN. McGovern was picked up from his home in Gary and transported round trip to the Porter County Regional Airport at no cost by Superior Ambulance. The company donated its time and transportation services in honor of Mr. McGovern’s service to our country.

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.

SURROUNDED BY WELLWISHERS, Victor McGovern enjoyed the day with Unity Hospice professionals, from left Music Therapist Jory Brown, Chaplain Steve Buchelt, Volunteer Coordinator Chrissy Huntzinger, Social Worker Anna McCabe. All are part of McGovern’s hospice care team and facilitated the last wish event.

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. For more information, visit


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