Testerman receives Hospice award
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.