Compass to add Kent County residential hospice services
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.