Com­pass Hospice Cen­ter opens in Ch­ester­town hos­pi­tal

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CH­ESTER­TOWN — Com­pass Re­gional Hospice’s res­i­den­tial Hospice Cen­ter lo­cated at 100 Brown St. in Ch­ester­town is now open for pa­tient care. The hospice leases a unit on the third floor of the Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Ch­ester­town from UM Shore Re­gional Health. Pa­tient care is pro­vided by the staff of the hospice, the sole provider of hospice care in Kent County, and also in Queen Anne’s and Caro­line coun­ties. “We are grate­ful for the amount of sup­port we have re­ceived al­ready from our com­mu­nity and are ex­cited to bring a new, and much needed level of ‘Care on your terms’ to the res­i­dents of Kent County,” said Heather Guerieri, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Com­pass Re­gional Hospice. “Open­ing the Hospice Cen­ter al­lows us to ex­pand the ser­vices we have been pro­vid­ing since be­com­ing the sole provider of hospice ser­vices in 2014.” Guerieri said, “We are grate­ful to UM Shore Re­gional Health for help­ing us to re­spond to the end-of-life needs of Kent County pa­tients and their loved ones through fa­cil­i­tat­ing the lease with Com­pass. We also want to thank the many peo­ple of our com­mu­nity who have donated their time, ma­te­ri­als and ex­per­tise to make it pos­si­ble for us to trans­form the unit into the Hospice Cen­ter.” Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease, the hospice ren­o­vated the unit trans­form­ing it into a com­fort­able, home-like Hospice Cen­ter that can ac­com­mo­date four pa­tients in pri­vate rooms. All pa­tient rooms are equipped with flat screen TVs and com­fort- able seat­ing for vis­i­tors. The kitch­enette and liv­ing room are spa­ces that of­fer pri­vacy for vis­i­tors to gather and en­joy meals, puz­zles or other ac­tiv­i­ties. Ac­cord­ing to the re­lease, the Hospice Cen­ter is staffed aroundthe-clock, with two hospice aides al­ways on duty. Other staff avail­able as needed in­clude physi­cians, a nurse prac­ti­tioner, hospice nurses, so­cial work­ers and grief coun­selors. A chap­lain from Com­pass will be on­site reg­u­larly and per­sonal min­is­ters and other clergy are wel­come to visit. The fa­cil­ity is equipped with tech­nol­ogy that con­nects staff to the Com­pass elec­tronic med­i­cal record sys­tem and al­lows for con­stant com­mu­ni­ca­tion with Com­pass’ team mem­bers at its other three lo­ca­tions. The re­lease states that the Hospice Cen­ter is re­served for pa­tients who need a more in­ten­sive level of care. Ad­mis­sion will be based on great­est need. For more in­for­ma­tion about Com­pass Re­gional Hospice, call 443-262-4100 or visit www.com pass­re­gion­al­hos­pice.org.

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