Hos­pice starts ‘Chart­ing Our Course To­gether’ cam­paign

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CENTREVILLE — On Wed­nes­day, Dec. 14, more than 100 guests at­tended an event, which re­vealed Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice’s cam­paign, “Chart­ing Our Course To­gether,” and the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s vi­sion for the fu­ture.

The event was held at An­nie’s Para­mount Steak and Seafood House in Gra­sonville. Guests en­joyed hors d’oeu­vres, pro­vided by An­nie’s, and min­gled with Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice board and staff mem­bers.

An­nie’s do­nated the venue and cater­ing for the evening. Pete and Diane Pap­pas, and Nick and Kathy Deoudes spon­sored the event.

Since 1985, Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice has been ded­i­cated to sup­port­ing and help­ing peo­ple through the chal­leng­ing time of liv­ing with a life-lim­it­ing ill­ness. What be­gan as an all-vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tion since has de­vel­oped into a vi­sion­ary, state-of-the-art or­ga­ni­za­tion rec­og­nized lo­cally, re­gion­ally and statewide for its ex­cel­lence.

Af­ter be­com­ing a re­gional hos­pice provider in 2014, Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice has more than dou­bled the num­ber of staff and the num­ber of pa­tients cared for has nearly tripled. This growth re­quires phys­i­cal ex­pan­sion, and ex­pand­ing and grow­ing pro­grams to pro­vide com­plete and com­pre­hen­sive ser­vices to the res­i­dents of Caro­line, Kent and Queen Anne’s coun­ties for years to come.

To date, Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice has raised nearly $1 mil­lion to­wards its goal of a min­i­mum in­vest­ment of $3 mil­lion, with a chal­lenge goal of $4 mil­lion.

“We have been over­whelmed by the out­pour­ing of sup­port and con­tin­ued gen­eros­ity from the com­mu­nity,” said Heather Guerieri, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor. “The cur­rent and fu­ture needs of our com­mu­nity de­pend upon this sup­port, which will en­able us to ex­pand our mis­sion of ‘Care on Your Terms.’”

Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice has six pri­or­i­ties in mind when un­der­tak­ing this vi­sion­ary cam­paign. The first pri­or­ity is to pay off the new re­gional head­quar­ters lo­cated at 160 Cour­se­vall Drive in Centreville, which houses the ad­min­is­tra­tive and field staff.

An­other pri­or­ity is to ren­o­vate the ex­ist­ing build­ing at 255 Comet Drive in Centreville to serve as the home base for the Hope and Heal­ing Cen­ter, while con­tin­u­ing to serve as the res­i­den­tial and gen­eral in­pa­tient hos­pice cen­ter. Ad­di­tion­ally, Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice hopes to add hos­pice beds to the hos­pice cen­ter to meet the grow­ing need.

As there is cur­rently no hos­pice fa­cil­ity in Kent County, an­other pri­or­ity is to cre­ate a phys­i­cal pres­ence by adding hos­pice beds to an ex­ist­ing fa­cil­ity so res­i­dents have more con­ve­nient ac­cess to hos­pice care. This will of­fer pa­tients and fam­i­lies an­other op­tion for ser­vices when care in the home, nurs­ing home or as­sisted liv­ing fa­cil­ity is not the best op­tion.

Pro­vid­ing a sus­tain­able fu­ture for hos­pice ser­vices in Caro­line County by cre­at­ing an en­dow­ment fund is an­other pri­or­ity of the cam­paign. This will en­sure that Caro­line County res­i­dents al­ways will have hos­pice beds, as well as ac­cess to other hos­pice ser­vices.

The fi­nal pri­or­ity is to en­sure the re­gion al­ways will have high-qual­ity hos­pice ser­vices by cre­at­ing an un­re­stricted en­dow­ment fund to sup­port the gen­eral pur­poses of Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice. An en­dow­ment will en­sure that Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice has the re­sources to with­stand eco­nomic vari­ance, dis­as­ters, a loss of key fund­ing sources or other un­ex­pected eco­nomic events that might oth­er­wise cause the or­ga­ni­za­tion to cut back or cease op­er­a­tions.

Also re­vealed dur­ing the event were Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice’s cam­paign com­mit­tee mem­bers, which in­clude co-chair­men Kathy Deoudes and Pete Pap­pas. Ad­di­tional mem­bers in­clude Mil­dred Bar­nette, Teresa Bau­mann, Linda Bounds, Stoney Duf­fey, Jan­ice Fee­ley, Mark Freestate, Tom Helfen­bein, Kim Kra­tovil, Keith McMa­han, Doug Pier­son, Julie McMa­han Thomas and Dr. Kent Young.

“I was so pleased to see how many of our sup­port­ers turned out to hear this ex­cit­ing news. It was deeply touch­ing to see those who have sup­ported us for over 30 years, and those who are new to our fam­ily of vol­un­teers and donors,” Deoudes said. “We are ded­i­cated to rais­ing the funds and dona­tions needed to ex­pand upon the hos­pice care and grief sup­port ser­vices we of­fer to all mem­bers of our com­mu­nity, re­gard­less of their abil­ity to pay.”

To sup­port the cam­paign, there are many ways to give. For more in­for­ma­tion on how you can help, con­tact Kenda Lea­ger, Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice’s de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer, at 443-262-4106 or klea­ger@com­pass­regi noal­hos­pice.org. Dona­tions can be mailed to 255 Comet Drive, Centreville, MD, 21617, or made on­line at www.com­pass­re­gion­al­hos pice.org/other waysto­give/ cam­paign.

Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice’s vi­sion­ary cam­paign was an­nounced to guests at the Dec. 14 cap­i­tal cam­paign launch event held at An­nie’s Para­mount Steak and Seafood House in Gra­sonville. From left are Dianne Pap­pas; Pete Pap­pas, cam­paign com­mit­tee co-chair­man; Kathy Deoudes, cam­paign com­mit­tee co-chair­man; Nick Deoudes; and Heather Guerieri, Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

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