Caroline Hospice Foundation and Compass Regional Hospice
August 5, 2015
On August 4, 2015 staff, board members and volunteers from Caroline Hospice Foundation and Compass Regional Hospice gathered with area clergy to bless the Caroline Hospice Home. The Caroline Hospice Home located at 613 S. 5th Avenue in Denton is scheduled to re-open this fall.
Clergy from all denominations in Caroline County were invited for breakfast and a tour of the three-bed residential hospice center. The blessing was led by Compass Regional Hospice chaplain Rev. Nancy Greenwell with a special prayer offered by Rev. Denzel Cheek, pastor of Church of the Brethern in Ridgely. Rev. Greenwell led the group in song with Betty Ballas, president of the Caroline Hospice Foundation.
Rev. Greenwell blessed the house and the people who will work and receive care there by saying, “By the Spirit of Grace, may those who give and receive pastoral and hospice care do so in the spirit of human and divine compassion.” The participatns responded, “We dedicate this House to all who abide here awhile, even to the close of their days.”
The Caroline Hospice Home, which is owned by the Caroline Hospice Foundation, was recently renovated with the help of members of the community, who donated time, labor and materials.
Compass Regional Hospice has been providing hospice services and grief support in Caroline County since September 2014. When the Caroline Hospice Home opens, Compass Regional Hospice will staff this facility 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and continue providing hospice care in private residences, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Learn more about Compass Regional Hospice at www.compassregionalhospice.org or call 443-262-4100. To become a hospice supporter in Caroline County, contact the Caroline Hospice Foundation, 410-479-3500, carolinehospice.com.
Pictured at the blessing of the Caroline Hospice Home in Denton are (left to right), seated, Rhonda Knotts, MSCC, grief counselor, Compass Regional Hospice; Rev. Karen Handy, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Denton; Laney Tapponnnier, member, Calvary Baptist Church, Denton; Viola Gibbs, Union Bethel AME Church, Denton; Teresa Baumann, vice chair, Compass Regional Hospice board of directors; Rev. Nancy Greenwell, chaplain, Compass Regional Hospice; Janet Fountain, Union Bethel AME Church, Denton; and Wayne Larrimore, MEd, grief counselor, Compass Regional Hospice; standing, Rev. Denzel Cheek, Church of the Brethren, Ridgely; Sharon Loving, LSCW-C, support services supervisor, Compass Regional Hospice; Heidi Plutschak, director, Caroline Hospice Foundation; Betty Ballas, president, Caroline Hospice Foundation board of directors; Brandy Cathcart, human resources, Caroline Hospice Foundation; Courtney Williams, manager, volunteer and professional services, Compass Regional Hospice; Shelly Griffith, RN, nurse educator and Bridges clinical navigator, Compass Regional Hospice; Wanda Molock, volunteer, Compass Regional Hospice; Rev. George Clark; Archie Cawley, Greensboro Baptist Church; and Rev. David Griffin, Ames United Methodist Church, Denton. – Contributed Photo