Hospice of Charles County re­ceives large do­na­tion to con­tinue ser­vices

Or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cates east wing to UM-CRMC

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By TIF­FANY WAT­SON twat­son@somd­news.com

The month of May marks five years since the opening of Hospice of Charles County, and the or­ga­ni­za­tion took time to cel­e­brate their strong part­ner­ship with the com­mu­nity and the Univer­sity of Mary­land Charles Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

Ear­lier this month, the La Plata hos­pi­tal made a do­na­tion of $50,000 to Hospice of Charles County.

“Over the last sev­eral years the hos­pi­tal has con­trib­uted

over $50,000 to Hospice of Charles County to en­able us to con­tinue pro­vid­ing ser­vices to those in our com­mu­nity when they need us,” Hospice of Charles County CEO Bran­don Jones said. “With­out the sup­port and part­ner­ship of our lo­cal com­mu­nity hos­pi­tal, Hospice of Charles County would not be in the po­si­tion of pro­vid­ing both in­pa­tient and out­pa­tient care to our Charles County cit­i­zens. We are for­tu­nate to have such a gen­er­ous and com­mit­ted part­ner in our com­mu­nity.”

“Hospice serves an im­por­tant role for the con­tin­uum of care for our pa­tients,” said UM-CRMC Pres­i­dent and CEO Noel Cervino. “Charles Re­gional sup­ports Hospice of Charles County, so hospice re­mains an in­de­pen­dent and vi­able health­care provider and re­source in our com­mu­nity.”

The May 16 cel­e­bra­tion in­cluded the UM-CRMC board mem­bers, Jones and other hospice board mem­bers, who helped ded­i­cate the east wing in the name of the hos­pi­tal.

Jones said UM-CRMC had pre­vi­ously spon­sored a pa­tient room at the hospice, lo­cated in the east wing, and the re­cent do­na­tion of $50,000 will raise the hos­pi­tal to the wing donor level. He also said the funds will help sup­port on­go­ing oper­a­tions of the or­ga­ni­za­tion and al­low the ad­min­is­tra­tion and staff to con­tinue to pro­vide sup­port to pa­tients re­gard­less of their abil­ity to pay.

“We’ve got the hos­pi­tal’s logo in­stalled on the east wing en­trance. It ac­knowl­edges where we are and where we are go­ing with UM-CRMC. Our re­la­tion­ship is strength­ened be­cause we will be part­ner­ing with them on sev­eral other en­deav­ors as well,” Jones said.

UM-CRMC board mem­ber Wayne Barnes agreed, stat­ing, “There was a need there and it goes to show the part­ner­ship that we want to es­tab­lish at the hospice.”

“We’re pas­sion­ately con­cerned about get­ting pa­tients or in­di­vid­u­als in the hospice for care and it’s a beau­ti­ful fa­cil­ity,” Barnes said. “The money goes a long way to keep­ing the fa­cil­ity up and run­ning. The wing has all the com­forts of home so fam­ily mem­bers will re­ally em­brace us­ing the fa­cil­ity.”

Many board mem­bers have had per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences with hospice, see­ing first­hand how the ser­vices help fam­ily mem­bers with end-of-life care.

“Walk­ing into the hospice to­day made me re­flect on what it was my mom is go­ing through,” Barnes said. “My mom is cur­rently in hospice care in St. Mary’s County and it’s good to see that there are peo­ple who are as con­cerned about your loved ones as you are, giv­ing them the same kind of care and com­pas­sion that you would give her. I had reser­va­tions at first be­cause when you first hear the term ‘hospice,’ you worry. But the staff is treat­ing my mom like she’s their mom.”

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On May 16, Univer­sity of Mary­land Charles Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter (UM-CRMC) Board Mem­ber Wayne Barnes and UM-CRMC Pres­i­dent and CEO Noel Cervino, joined Hospice of Charles County CEO Bran­don Jones, CFO Trudy Raby and Hospice of Charles County Board Mem­bers Florence Mo­ran, Edith Pat­ter­son and Mary Bates to ded­i­cate the East Wing of the Hospice House in the name of the com­mu­nity hos­pi­tal.

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