High Peaks Hospice, Inc. recently welcomed five new staff members to their Essex County office, which is located in Port Henry. The new staff will help meet a growing need for patient services in the area. According to Jennifer Stricker, Essex County Patient Care Coordinator, an increasing awareness in the community of the physical, spiritual and emotional support that hospice care can provide to both the patient and to his or her loved ones is fueling a rising demand for services. High Peaks Hospice is a not-for-profit healthcare organization dedicated to providing compassionate end-of-life care to patients and their families in all of Essex and Warren Counties and portions of Franklin, St. Lawrence and Hamilton Counties. Services are available to anyone with a prognosis of six months or less regardless of ability to pay.