Com­pass to add Kent County res­i­den­tial hospice ser­vices

Kent County News - - FRONT PAGE - By TR­ISH MCGEE pm­cgee@thekent­coun­tynews.com

CH­ESTER­TOWN — A four-bed res­i­den­tial hospice cen­ter will open in the hos­pi­tal here next year, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials with Com­pass Regional Hospice and the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land Shore Regional Health.

Com­pass will lease space in Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Ch­ester­town, Ken Kozel, pres­i­dent and CEO of Shore Regional Health, told the Ch­ester­town Mayor and Coun­cil at Mon­day night’s meet­ing.

He said Shore Regional Health and Com­pass have signed an agree­ment.

“It’s one of those ex­am­ples of win-win sce­nar­ios where hospice res­i­den­tial cen­ters are needed in Kent County. You can in­vest in bricks and mor­tar if you’re Com­pass Regional, but if you’ve got a fa­cil­ity that’s got ca­pac­ity that we can meet their needs and cre­ate that win-win, we were all for it,” Kozel said.

“It took us a lit­tle while to go from vi­sion to re­al­ity, but I’m pleased to say we’ve signed the agree­ment,” he said.

Kozel cred­ited Heather Guerieri, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of Com­pass Regional Hospice, and Scott Burleson, the on-site ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Ch­ester­town, with mak­ing this hap­pen.

Guerieri’s “team” will

pro­vide all the med­i­cal care and the Ch­ester­town cen­ter will be sim­i­lar to Com­pass’ other hospice cen­ters in Centreville and Den­ton, Kozel said.

Shore Regional Health will pro­vide sup­port ser­vices such as food, nu­tri­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices, he said.

Kozel told the Ch­ester­town of­fi­cials that a ren­o­va­tion plan has been de­vel­oped. Pa­tients could be seen in the new fa­cil­ity un­der Com­pass care by early 2018.

“We are ex­cited to be able to ex­pand the ser­vice we have al­ready been pro­vid­ing in Kent County since be­com­ing the sole provider of hospice ser­vices in 2014,” Guerieri said in a news re­lease that Com­pass is­sued Nov. 3.

“We are most grate­ful to UM Shore Regional Health for help­ing us re­spond to the end-of-life needs of Kent County hospice pa­tients and their loved ones through their col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­forts and fa­cil­i­tat­ing the lease with Com­pass, and we will con­tinue to work closely with UM Shore Regional Health when pa­tients are ready to move on to hospice care,” she said.

Com­pass will be re­spon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing all as­pects of hospice pa­tient care — staffing the unit 24 hours a day, seven days a week and over­see­ing its op­er­a­tions.

Ad­mis­sion to the res­i­den­tial hospice cen­ter will be based on great­est need. Pri­or­ity will be given to Kent County res­i­dents, ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease.

Room and board fees billed from Com­pass are on a slid­ing scale based on the pa­tient’s abil­ity to pay.

Hos­pi­tal pa­tients who are deemed suit­able for ad­mis­sion to res­i­den­tial hospice care must first be dis­charged from the hos­pi­tal per hos­pi­tal dis­charge pro­ce­dures, then ad­mit­ted to hospice care, ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to be­come a hospice sup­porter, con­tact Com­pass at 443-2624100 or visit www.com­pass­re­gion­al­hos­pice. org.

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