Hospice starts ‘Charting Our Course Together’ campaign
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.