Tester­man re­ceives Hospice award

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CENTREVILLE — Roya Tester­man, LGSW, a so­cial worker for Com­pass Re­gional Hospice, is the most re­cent re­cip­i­ent of the Fel­lows, Helfen­bein and New­nam Hospice Care­givers Award. Tester­man was nom­i­nated by a pa­tient’s fam­ily mem­ber to rec­og­nize her com­mit­ment to com­pas­sion­ate and per­son­al­ized end-of-life care.

Tester­man re­ceived her Mas­ter of So­cial Work from the Uni­ver­sity of Maryland, Bal­ti­more. In 2014, she joined the Com­pass Re­gional Hospice sup­port ser­vices team. As a hospice so­cial worker Tester­man is re­spon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing pa­tients and their fam­i­lies guid­ance in de­ci­sion-mak­ing and the chal­lenges of deal­ing with ad­vanced ill­ness.

Tester­man’s com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing com­pas­sion­ate end-of-life care was re­cently rec­og­nized by a pa­tient’s fam­ily. The Hospice Care­givers Award nom­i­na­tor wrote, “She was my life­line — any­time she was there I felt my body, mind, and spirit re­lax.”

“Roya was ex­tremely help­ful to all of us; as she an­swered all of the ques­tions and con­cerns that we had and gave me in­for­ma­tion to pass along to other fam­ily mem­bers,” the nom­i­na­tor added. “She was very en­cour­ag­ing, al­ways re­as­sur­ing us that every­thing was be­ing done prop­erly and that my (mom) was well taken care of. I can’t say enough about her and the way she sat with (dad) to an­swer his ques­tions.”

The Fel­lows, Helfen­bein and New­nam Hospice Care­givers Award is open to physi­cians, nurses, so­cial work­ers, be­reave­ment coun­selors, hospice aides, chap­lains, ad­min­is­tra­tive staff and volunteers of Com­pass Re­gional Hospice who care for pa­tients in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caro­line coun­ties. To nom­i­nate a hospice care­giver, con­tact Fel­lows, Helfen­bein and New­nam Fu­neral Home, 408 S. Lib­erty Street in Centreville, 410-758-1151, info@fh­n­fu­ner­al­home.com.

Com­pass Re­gional Hospice nurse Roya Tester­man, MSW (sec­ond from left), the most re­cent re­cip­i­ent of the Fel­lows, Helfen­bein and New­nam Hospice Care­givers Award, is pic­tured with (left to right) Kirk Helfen­bein and Chad Helfen­bein of Fel­lows Helfen­bein and New­nam Fu­neral Home; and Shar­ron Lov­ing, su­per­vi­sor of sup­port ser­vices, Com­pass Re­gional Hospice.

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