Category Archives: Health

Compass Regional Hospice Hosts Candlelight Remembrance Service in Caroline County

Compass Regional Hospice
October 24, 2017

Compass Regional Hospice’s Hope & Healing Center will host the Candlelight Remembrance Service in Caroline County on Sunday, November 5, 2017. The service begins at 4:00 p.m. at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 101 S. 5th Avenue in Denton. The service is free and open to the public.

The centerpiece of the Candlelight Remembrance Service is the reading of the names of Compass Regional Hospice patients who have died in the past 13 months. Members of the community are also invited to bring the names of their loved ones whom they would like to be remembered during the holiday season.

If you are unable to attend the Candlelight Remembrance Service in Caroline County there are two additional services.

One will be held in Queen Anne’s County on Sunday, November 19 at 4:00 p.m. at Centreville United Methodist Church, 608 Church Hill Road in Centreville.

Another will be held in Kent County on Sunday, December 3 at 4:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 101 N. Cross St. in Chestertown. For more information, contact Rhonda Knotts, Grief Support Coordinator, 443-262-4109, rknotts@compassregionalhospice.org.

First Tri-County Prevention Walk

May 13, 2017

On a day when one may have been thinking that nature was crying at the thought of those who have been affected by substance abuse the Tri-County Prevention Walk went on at Church Hill Park on the morning of May 13, 2017. The Prevention Offices of Caroline, Kent and Queen Anne’s County organized the walk to help combat Substance Abuse.

Photo by SG Atkinson: The walk organizers, from left Iris Carter, Sarah Burris from Queen Anne's, Annette Duckery, Avery Lundskow from Kent and Melanie Rodriquez from Caroline

The walk organizers, from left: Iris Carter, Sarah Burris from Queen Anne’s, Annette Duckery, Avery Lundskow from Kent and Melanie Rodriquez from Caroline

Around 40 people braved the cool rainy Saturday morning in May to walk the mile long path around the park. DJ Slick Rick played music to lighten the mood, Church Hill Volunteer Fire Company was their along with KidSpot from Chestertown.

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Inaugural Tri-County Prevention Walk set for May 13, 2017 in Church Hill

Inaugural Tri-County Prevention Walk
April 13, 2017

Join the fight against alcohol abuse and drug use in our communities

CHURCH HILL, MD

The inaugural tri-county prevention walk is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Church Hill park in Church Hill, and supports efforts at keeping our communities drug- and alcohol-free.

The free walk is a collaborative effort from the prevention offices of Caroline, Kent and Queen Anne’s counties, with the theme, ‘Making a difference – one step at a time.’

“This walk is for anyone who’s had drugs or alcohol affect their lives,” said Annette Duckery, prevention coordinator for Kent County. “We’re working hard to prevent drug use and alcohol abuse in our communities, and this offers everyone the chance to support our efforts.”

The event includes fun for the entire family, with a live DJ, free back packs, snacks and games including corn hole. Registration is available online at Eventbrite.

The walk coincides with National Prevention Week, which is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental and/or substance use disorders. This year’s prevention week is from May 14 until May 20, 2017.

“National prevention week offers the perfect opportunity to show our solidarity in the fight against substance use disorders,” said Iris Carter, prevention coordinator for Queen Anne’s County. “With several overdoses in our area each week, we’ve got to come together and support prevention efforts across our region.”

Prevention efforts start young, and can help keep drug use from starting.

“We all can invest in drug and alcohol prevention,” said Melanie Rodriguez, prevention coordinator for Caroline County. “Prevention really IS the best treatment.

For more information on the walk, please contact Duckery at 410-778-7918 for Kent County; Carter at 410-758-1306 ext. 4524 in Queen Anne’s and Rodriguez at 410-479-8164 in Caroline.

The Tri-County Prevention Walk is a collaboration between the health department prevention offices of Caroline, Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties. The walk also is supported by SAMHSA and the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration.

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Compass Regional Hospice Offers Adult Grief Support Group in Caroline County

Compass Regional Hospice
February 24, 2017

Compass Regional Hospice is offering a grief support group for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 21, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 S 5th Avenue in Denton. The group will meet every Tuesday through May 23. Participants are asked to commit to attending all or most of the 10 sessions in order to benefit the most from the group.

The grief support group will be co‐facilitated by Ann OConnor, LCSW‐C, and Wayne Larrimore, MEd, bereavement counselors for Compass Regional Hospice.

In a culture that often avoids talking about loss, many end up feeling alone, which makes navigating through their grief journey difficult. Participation in our adult grief support group offers companionship and understanding from others who “get it,” and are experiencing the similar challenges that living with grief brings.

“Our grief groups are a combination of education and support,” says OConnor. “In this confidential and intimate setting participant’s will have a chance to share their stories openly and guilt-free, while learning ways to cope with their changed lives.”

For more information about the adult grief support group, call Compass Regional Hospice, 443‐262‐ 4100, or email Ann OConnor, aoconnor@compassregionalhospice.org or Wayne Larrimore, wlarrimore@compassregionalhospice.org. To learn more about other grief support programs available through the Compass Regional Hospice Hope & Healing Center, visit www.compassregionalhospice.org/hopeandhealing.

Photo: Bereavement counselors Wayne Larrimore, MEd (left) and Ann OConnor, LCSW‐C (right) will co‐facilitate a new grief support group beginning March 21, 2017.

Bereavement counselors Wayne Larrimore, MEd (left) and Ann OConnor, LCSW‐C (right) will co‐facilitate a new grief support group beginning March 21, 2017. – Submitted Photo

Delmarva Tractor Pullers Association Presents Check to Hospice

Compass Regional Hospice
February 1, 2017

For the third year, the Delmarva Tractor Pullers Association, Inc. chose Compass Regional Hospice and the Caroline Hospice Foundation as the beneficiaries of their annual tractor pull held at the Chestertown Elks on September 10, 2016.

The Delmarva Tractor Pullers Association presented a check for $2,400 to Compass Regional Hospice and Caroline Hospice Foundation at the organization’s January 21, 2017 banquet held at the Goldsboro Fire Hall.

Compass Regional Hospice is the sole provider of hospice care and grief support in Queen Anne’s, Caroline and Kent Counties. People of all ages benefit from Compass services as they face the challenges of living with a life‐limiting illness and learn to live following the death of a loved one.

As a non‐profit organization, Compass Regional Hospice relies on financial support from the community to provide services not covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance.

Compass Regional Hospice’s partner in Caroline County, the Caroline Hospice Foundation, is dedicated to raising funds to support the hospice services provided in Caroline County by Compass Regional Hospice in private residences, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and at the Caroline Hospice Home, which is owned by the Caroline Hospice Foundation.

For more information about how you can support hospice care and grief support in your community, call 443‐262‐4100 or visit www.compassregionalhospice.org.

Photo: Presenting a donation to Compass Regional Hospice and Caroline Hospice Foundation are Delmarva Tractor Pullers Association members (left to right) John Smith, Olan Simpkins and Mike Hitchens. Accepting the donation are (far left) Kenda Leager, Development Officer, Compass Regional Hospice; and (far right) Heidi Plutschak, Director, Caroline Hospice Foundation.

Presenting a donation to Compass Regional Hospice and Caroline Hospice Foundation are Delmarva Tractor Pullers Association members (left to right) John Smith, Olan Simpkins and Mike Hitchens. Accepting the donation are (far left) Kenda Leager, Development Officer, Compass Regional Hospice; and (far right) Heidi Plutschak, Director, Caroline Hospice Foundation. – Submitted Photo

Caroline County clergy learn about hospice resources

Compass Regional Hospice and Caroline Hospice Foundation
May 12, 2016

On May 12, 2016 Compass Regional Hospice and Caroline Hospice Foundation hosted a breakfast meeting with clergy from Caroline County. The group met at the Caroline Hospice Home in Denton.

During opening conversations Rev. Nancy Greenwell, chaplain for Compass Regional Hospice, discussed with her colleagues how her work with hospice patients supports the work of clergy of all denominations.

“We understand that for many people a terminal illness is a time when patients and their families turn to their spiritual beliefs for comfort,” says Rev. Greenwell. “We want to be a resource for ministers and lay people, who may be trusted confidantes as their parishioners make decisions about how to live their final months of life.”

Heather Guerieri, executive director for Compass Regional Hospice, provided an overview of the services available to people of all ages in Caroline County. She also explained how the Bridges pre-hospice program is a resource for people diagnosed with a life-limiting illness when they are not yet ready medically or emotionally for hospice.

Rhonda Knotts, grief services coordinator for Compass Regional Hospice, discussed the menu of services offered to people who are grieving the death of a loved one through the Hope & Healing Center. These services include individual and group counseling, support groups, and Camp New Dawn, a summer healing retreat for children, teens and families.

Heidi Plutschak, executive director for Caroline Hospice Foundation, closed the meeting by describing how the foundation raises funds that partially cover the cost of providing hospice care in Caroline County. The foundation, which owns the Caroline Hospice Home, also relies on financial support from the community to supplement the cost of maintaining this three-room residential hospice center.

For more information about Compass Regional Hospice and the hospice and grief support services available in Caroline, Kent and Queen Anne’s County, call 443-262-4100 or visit www.compassregionalhospice.org. To support the fundraising efforts of Caroline Hospice Foundation, call 410-479-3500 or visit carolinehospice.com.

Photo: Staff from Compass Regional Hospice and Caroline Hospice Foundation hosted a breakfast meeting with clergy at the Caroline Hospice Home. Pictured are (left to right), seated, Rev. Karen Handy, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Denton; Rev. Nancy Greenwell, chaplain, Compass Regional Hospice; Pastor Marie Coulbourne, Chestnut Grove and Bloomy Methodist Churches, Federalsburg; Deacon Bill Nickum, St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church, Ridgely and St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, Denton; Pastor Doug Morley, Bethel Wesleyan Church, Goldsboro; and Pastor Dawn Lare, Church of the Brethren, Denton; standing, from Compass Regional Hospice, Christie Gessford, RN, director, clinical services; Sharon Loving, LCSW-C, supervisor, support services; Rhonda Knotts, MSCC, grief services coordinator and counselor; Heather Guerieri, executive director; from Caroline Hospice Foundation, Laura Harris, president, board of directors; and Heidi Plutschak, executive director.

Staff from Compass Regional Hospice and Caroline Hospice Foundation hosted a breakfast meeting with clergy at the Caroline Hospice Home. Pictured are (left to right), seated, Rev. Karen Handy, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Denton; Rev. Nancy Greenwell, chaplain, Compass Regional Hospice; Pastor Marie Coulbourne, Chestnut Grove and Bloomy Methodist Churches, Federalsburg; Deacon Bill Nickum, St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church, Ridgely and St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, Denton; Pastor Doug Morley, Bethel Wesleyan Church, Goldsboro; and Pastor Dawn Lare, Church of the Brethren, Denton; standing, from Compass Regional Hospice, Christie Gessford, RN, director, clinical services; Sharon Loving, LCSW-C, supervisor, support services; Rhonda Knotts, MSCC, grief services coordinator and counselor; Heather Guerieri, executive director; from Caroline Hospice Foundation, Laura Harris, president, board of directors; and Heidi Plutschak, executive director. – Contributed Photo

Caroline County resident is Compass Regional Hospice volunteer of the month

January 26, 2016
Compass Regional Hospice

Compass Regional Hospice chose Mary Lou Schoonover of Greensboro as the volunteer of the month.

Schoonover supports Compass Regional Hospice primarily as a patient care volunteer in Caroline County. She also helps with fundraising and community outreach events.

“As a volunteer, Mary Lou provides companionship and respite for caregivers whose loved ones are receiving hospice care and services through our Bridges pre-hospice program,” says Courtney Williams, manager of volunteer and professional services for Compass Regional Hospice. “Her caring spirit and calming presence can be felt by many and we are lucky she is a part of our program.”

Photo Mary Lou Schoonover is Compass Regional Hospice volunteer of the mont

Mary Lou Schoonover is Compass Regional Hospice volunteer of the month. Contributed Photo

Compass Regional Hospice 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 in Chester that raises funds for Compass Regional Hospice.

For information about becoming a volunteer for Compass Regional Hospice in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline Counties, visit www.compassregionalhospice.org/volunteers or contact Courtney Williams, 443-262-4112, cwilliams@compassregionalhospice.org.

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Symposium for students and parents on current drug/alcohol trends at Chesapeake College

Queen Anne’s County Drug Free Coalition
September 2015

Thursday- October 1st, the Queen Anne’s County Drug Free Coalition will sponsor a symposium for students and parents on current drug/alcohol trends. There will be lots of resources and helpful presentations.

The event starts at 6pm at the Todd Performing Arts Center (Chesapeake College).

Visit www.facebook.comQACDFC or IWishIKnewMidshore.org for more information.

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Compass Regional Hospice Offers Support Group for Widows and Widowers

Compass Regional Hospice
August 27, 2015

Compass Regional Hospice is forming a new grief support group for men and women who have experienced the death of a spouse or significant life partner. The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6, 2015 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at 255 Comet Drive in Centreville. The group will meet every Tuesday through December 8, 2015. Participants are asked to commit to attending all 10 sessions in order to benefit the most from the group.

The grief support group will be co-facilitated by Ann OConnor, LCSW-C, and Wayne Larrimore, MEd, grief counselors for Compass Regional Hospice.

“Our grief groups are a combination of education and support,” says Larrimore. “In this group we will create a safe haven for people to meet others whose spouse or life partner has died. In this confidential and intimate setting participants can talk about things they might feel uncomfortable saying to family and friends. Together, with facilitation from the leaders, the group members share ways to cope with their changed situation, realizing that grieving and adjusting to new ways of living take time.”

Advanced registration is preferred. A $25 enrollment fee covers the cost of materials. No one will be turned away based on inability to pay.

Compass Regional Hospice is the sole provider of hospice care for people of all ages in Queen Anne’s, Caroline and Kent Counties. Compass Regional Hospice also offers the pre-hospice program Bridges for people who are not yet ready for hospice and a variety of grief support services through the Hope & Healing Center. As a non-profit organization, Compass Regional Hospice relies on financial support from the community to provide services not covered by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance.

Grief support groups are being scheduled in Kent and Caroline Counties beginning in 2016. For more information about the widow and widowers support group that begins in October, call Compass Regional Hospice, 443-262-4100, extension 124 for Ann OConnor or extension 108 for Wayne Larrimore, or email aoconnor@compassregionalhospice.org or wlarrimore@compassregionalhospice.org. To learn more about other grief support programs available through the Compass Regional Hospice Hope & Healing Center, visit www.compassregionalhospice.org/hopeandhealing.

Bereaved Parent Support Group begins September 21, 2015

Compass Regional Hospice
August 25, 2015

Compass Regional Hospice will offer a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child. The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 21, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at 255 Comet Drive in Centreville. The group will meet every Monday through November 23, 2015. Participants are asked to commit to attending all 10 sessions in order to benefit the most from the group.

The bereaved parent support group will be facilitated by Rhonda Knotts, MSCC, grief services coordinator and counselor for Compass Regional Hospice.

“We know that the death of a child is one of the most difficult experiences a parent will ever face,” says Knotts. “This support group becomes a safe place for parents to understand that they are not alone in their grief and to appreciate that everyone grieves differently.”

Advanced registration is preferred. A $25 enrollment fee covers the cost of materials. No one will be turned away based on inability to pay.

Compass Regional Hospice is the sole provider of hospice care for people of all ages in Queen Anne’s, Caroline and Kent Counties. Compass Regional Hospice also offers the pre-hospice program Bridges for people who are not yet ready for hospice and a variety of grief support services through the Hope & Healing Center. As a non-profit organization, Compass Regional Hospice relies on financial support from the community to provide services not covered by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance.

Grief support groups are being scheduled in Kent and Caroline Counties beginning in 2016. For more information about the bereaved parent support group, contact Rhonda Knotts at Compass Regional Hospice, 443-262-4109 or rknotts@compassregionalhospice.org. To learn more about other grief support programs available through the Compass Regional Hospice Hope & Healing Center, visit www.compassregionalhospice.org/hopeandhealing.