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HQA Names September Volunteer of the Month

WayneLarrimore_9-14HQA Names September Volunteer of the Month

Hospice of Queen Anne’s chose Wayne Larrimore as Volunteer of the Month for September. Larrimore is a devoted patient care volunteer who visits with patients in the Hospice Center and in their homes. In addition to providing comfort and companionship to hospice patients, Larrimore also volunteers as a mentor for campers at Camp New Dawn, HQA’s healing grief retreat for children, teens and families.

Larrimore was nominated for this recognition by members of the Hospice of Queen Anne’s clinical staff, who praise his devotion to providing support to families and staff that are receiving hospice care. Courtney Williams, manager of volunteer and professional services of Hospice of Queen Anne’s, says, “Wayne’s dedication to Hospice of Queen Anne’s is tireless and we are so fortunate that he makes volunteering with us a priority.”

Hospice of Queen Anne’s relies on more than 300 volunteers of all ages to perform administrative tasks, assist with events, visit patients and lend a hand in the gardens at the Hospice Center located at 255 Comet Drive in Centreville. Volunteers also operate Estate Treasures, an upscale resale shop that raises funds for Hospice of Queen Anne’s.

For more information about becoming a volunteer for Hospice of Queen Anne’s, visit www.hospiceofqueenannes.org or contact Courtney Williams, 443-262-4112.

Photo: Wayne Larrimore is the Hospice of Queen Anne’s September volunteer of the month. 

Area hospice providers begin transition to community based model of service

1594Area hospice providers begin transition to community based model of service 

Hospice care providers in Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties are collaborating to expand and enhance hospice services for patients and their families.

After several years of community needs review and discussion, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, Caroline Hospice Foundation, Hospice of Queen Anne’s and Talbot Hospice Foundation have agreed to transition hospice care to a community based model. Community based hospice means that patients with life-limiting illnesses are cared for by specialists whose sole focus is hospice care and grief support.

According to the new plan, hospice and grief support services that have been provided by University of Maryland Shore Regional Health home care and hospice affiliates will be provided by Hospice of Queen Anne’s and Talbot Hospice Foundation.  Hospice of Queen Anne’s will continue to provide hospice services in Queen Anne’s County and will expand services to Kent and Caroline Counties. Talbot Hospice Foundation will provide services in Talbot County.

Hospice of Queen Anne’s, Caroline Hospice Foundation and Talbot Hospice Foundation are non-profit organizations that rely on the community for financial support. These non-profits depend on charitable gifts to cover the gap between the cost of providing hospice services and reimbursement received from Medicare, Medicaid, insurance and private payments. Under the community-based model, all funds raised within a county will continue to support hospice services for patients and their families within that county.

Hospice of Queen Anne’s, which will continue fundraising for services provided in Queen Anne’s County, will begin to raise funds that will be used to provide hospice care in Kent County. HQA will also use funds raised to date by University of Maryland Chester River Health Foundation for hospice care for Kent County residents.

The Caroline Hospice Foundation will continue to sponsor fundraisers with the goal of re-opening Caroline Hospice House in Denton for patient care and to help offset the expense of providing hospice care to Caroline County residents. Talbot Hospice Foundation will continue its fundraising efforts to support citizens in Talbot County.

Hospice of Queen Anne’s has a six-bed residential Hospice Center in Centreville. This facility is also a free-standing licensed general inpatient hospice care unit where patients can receive around the clock nursing care.

Hospice of Queen Anne’s will work with Caroline Hospice Foundation to develop a plan for re-opening the three-bed residential hospice center in Denton. This plan depends on Caroline Hospice Foundation’s ability to obtain funding that is required to upgrade and operate the facility according to the latest patient care standards set by the State of Maryland.

A key priority for the community based hospice providers for Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties is to help physicians get the information they need about hospice so that they can meet the needs of patients and their families. An interdisciplinary team works together so that when the time comes, patients and families have access to hospice experts, including nurses, nursing assistants, social workers, grief and spiritual counselors, financial advisors, and volunteers, who step in to provide care that meets the needs of each family.

For more information about this transition to community based hospice, contact Linda Mastro, Director of Marketing and Communications, Hospice of Queen Anne’s at 443-262-4117, lmastro@hospiceofqueenannes.org

Caroline Humane Society Benefits From UM Shore Home Care Donations

SHC-caroline-humane-donationsCaroline Humane Society Benefits From UM Shore Home Care Donations

Staff members of University of Maryland Shore Home Care and Hospice conducted a drive earlier this month for donations to support the Caroline County Humane Society. The drive for donations was a project under Nursing Shared Leadership at UM Shore Regional Health.

The Easton-based home care and hospice staff had purchased, collected and brought in a van-load of items, including cat and dog food, bedding, collars and leashes, laundry soap, and grooming and cleaning supplies to help the Caroline Humane Society take the best possible care of their pet population.

“Just about everyone was able to pitch in, and we felt happy knowing that our donations really help the animals and their caregivers,” commented Deborah Reeder, RN, COS-C, home health manager for UM Shore Home Care and Hospice.

PHOTO: Shown with a partial display of pet food and pet care items gathered to benefit the Caroline County Animal Shelter are UM Shore Home Care & Hospice staff members (front row): Danielle Brummel, Lee Rosendale (chair of the Nursing Shared Leadership Committee), Barb Cole, Lisa May, Debbie Reeder, and Hope Lowry; and (back row), Kathleen Wallace, Barbara Wells and Courtney Carroll. 

Estate Treasures’ banner year benefits Hospice of Queen Anne’s

Hospice-&-Estate-TreasuresEstate Treasures’ banner year benefits Hospice of Queen Anne’s

Innovative sales ideas, new shop fixtures and 156 hard-working volunteers are some of the reasons cited for the banner year at Estate Treasures, the upscale resale shop benefiting Hospice of Queen Anne’s. Estate Treasures donated a remarkable $112,414 to Hospice of Queen Anne’s during 2013 primarily from shop sales and special fundraising events.

Kathy Ciambruschini, Estate Treasures board president noted administrative and managerial improvements, such as a new business plan and updated bylaws, and a closer working relationship with their hospice liaisons really seemed to make a difference. Refreshing the inside of the shop with new fixtures and displays, constantly moving and arranging merchandise, and the addition of Thursday evening shopping hours have also contributed to the increased sales.

“We asked our board members for creative ideas and they produced,” said Ciambruschini. “The addition of weekend sidewalk sales and the 50’s sales event were their ideas for boosting sales and it worked,” she said.

The success of the past year would not be possible without the women and men who donated an astounding 18,282 hours to operate the establishment.  The efforts of the all-volunteer staff were presented in an Official Citation on behalf of Sen. Stephen Hershey, Jr. and The Maryland General Assembly, Legislative District 36 members. The volunteers of Estate Treasures were recognized for their “tireless commitment and donations to Hospice of Queen Anne’s.”

All proceeds remain in the local area directly benefiting individuals who need specialized hospice care in their homes or the Hospice Center, and families who are helped through the Hospice of Queen Anne’s grief support programs.

Estate Treasures features gently worn fine clothing, career and formal apparel, fashion accessories, jewelry, home furnishings, small antiques and other donated “treasures.” The shop is located in Chester at 17 Kent Towne Market. Hours are Monday to Friday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Thursday evening until 7 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about Estate Treasures, call 410-643-7360. To learn more about volunteer opportunities and services provided by Hospice of Queen Anne’s, call 443-262-4100 or visit hospiceofqueenannes.org.

Ravens Nest No. 20 Presents Donation Check to QA Hospice

Ravens Nest No. 20Ravens Nest No. 20, Queen Anne’s County, Maryland presents donation check to Kenda Leager, Development Officer of Hospice of Queen Anne’s (center) from their 3rd Annual Longaberger Basket Bingo during the Nest’s December monthly meeting at Doc’s Riverside Grill in Centreville.



Members of Ravens Nest 20 pictured left to right: A.J. Eisenrauch, Cindy Bogner, Debbie Parsons, Kat Lingenfelter, Mike Parsons, Joe Thompson, Ivan Cheezum, Jeanne Boyles-Fisher, Tammy Rigoli, Dawn Young.

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