Prov­i­dent State Bank sup­ports hospice care

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PRE­STON — Prov­i­dent State Bank, with bank­ing lo­ca­tions across the Mid-Shore, re­cently pledged funds to sup­port hospice and grief sup­port ser­vices in Caro­line County through Com­pass Re­gional Hospice’s cur­rent cap­i­tal cam­paign.

Prov­i­dent State Bank made a com­mit­ment of $25,000 over the next five years, with an ad­di­tional chal­lenge to its em­ploy­ees, of­fi­cers and direc­tors to po­ten­tially match with ad­di­tional mon­e­tary an­nual con­tri­bu­tions, par­tially with a por­tion of the bank’s “Blue Jeans Day” money.

Com­pass Re­gional Hospice pro­vides hospice ser­vices to Caro­line County res­i­dents wher­ever they call home, in­clud­ing pri­vate res­i­dences, nurs­ing homes and as­sisted liv­ing fa­cil­i­ties. The or­ga­ni­za­tion also is ex­plor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties within the county for part­ner­ships and pos­si­bil­i­ties that will en­able it to open a res­i­den­tial around-the-clock hospice care fa­cil­ity in the fu­ture.

Melissa Quirk, CEO of Prov­i­dent State Bank, said, “Com­pass Re­gional Hospice is a ded­i­cated or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides sup­port and care to in­di­vid­u­als in our com­mu­nity dur­ing the most chal­leng­ing and dif­fi­cult times in a per­son’s life. They are committed to pro­vid­ing care, self­lessly and with com­pas­sion. Prov­i­dent State Bank is hon­ored to be able to sup­port Com­pass Re­gional Hospice and their mis­sion to pro­vide qual­ity care.”

Prov­i­dent State Bank joins other well-re­spected com­mu­nity com­pa­nies with fi­nan­cial sup­port for Com­pass Re­gional Hospice’s cur­rent cap­i­tal cam­paign, such as Tri-Gas and Oil, Ac­count­ing Strate­gies Group and Pre­ston Ford.

Com­pass Re­gional Hospice Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Heather Guerieri said, “We are hon­ored by Prov­i­dent State Bank’s lead­er­ship com­mit­ment to our or­ga­ni­za­tion and we are es­pe­cially hum­bled by the bank’s em­ploy­ees’ com­mit­ment to raise part of the pledge through an an­nual em­ployee fundrais­ing ef­fort called ‘Blue Jeans Day.’ Our new en­gage­ment with Prov­i­dent State Bank of­fers an op­por­tu­nity for us to sup­port their em­ploy­ees through greater ed­u­ca­tion and un­der­stand­ing of hospice care and grief sup­port ser­vices, as well.”

Part of Prov­i­dent State Bank’s “Blue Jeans” funds will be do­nated to Com­pass Re­gional Hospice, which will cover un­funded pa­tient care ex­penses and grief sup­port ser­vices of­fered by the or­ga­ni­za­tion. Com­pass Re­gional Hospice re­lies on com­mu­nity sup­port to fund 30 per­cent of its op­er­at­ing bud­get. No one is turned away from re­ceiv­ing hospice care and grief sup­port ser­vices based on an in­abil­ity to pay, and grief sup­port ser­vices are of­fered to in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies and the com­mu­nity re­gard­less of whether or not they have been served in the past by Com­pass Re­gional Hospice.

Guerieri said the or­ga­ni­za­tion is “deeply grate­ful” for strong work­ing re­la­tion­ships with com­pa­nies through­out its re­gional cov­er­age area of Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caro­line coun­ties.

“A num­ber of cor­po­rate lead­ers and busi­ness own­ers are ac­tive on Com­pass Re­gional Hospice’s Board of Direc­tors and play a crit­i­cal role in en­sur­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s man­age­ment and fi­nan­cial well-be­ing,” Guerieri said.

Com­pa­nies from all three coun­ties are ac­tive spon­sors and par­tic­i­pants in Com­pass Re­gional Hospice’s an­nual gala, golf tour­na­ment, fundraiser for Camp New Dawn and more re­cently, its his­toric cap­i­tal cam­paign.

Cur­rently, Com­pass Re­gional Hospice is about $600,000 away from reach­ing its ini­tial cap­i­tal cam­paign goal of $4 mil­lion.

In an ef­fort to fur­ther es­tab­lish strong part­ner­ships with com­pa­nies through­out its ser­vice ar­eas, Com­pass Re­gional Hospice has launched the Cor­po­rate Cares Part­ner Pro­gram.

An­nual part­ner­ship lev­els range from $1,000 to $25,000 and in­clude a va­ri­ety of com­pli­men­tary event

spon­sor­ship and recog­ni­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties. The pro­gram also pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for Com­pass Re­gional Hospice lead­er­ship to ed­u­cate cor­po­rate em­ploy­ees about hospice care and grief sup­port ser­vices of­fered by the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Cor­po­rate Cares Part­ner Pro­gram, con­tact Kenda Lea­ger, de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer, at 443-262-4106 or klea­ger@com­pass­re­gion­al­hos pice.org.About Com­pass Re­gional Hospice

Com­pass Re­gional Hospice is a fully li­censed, in­de­pen­dent, com­mu­ni­ty­based non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion cer­ti­fied by Medi­care and the state of Mary­land and ac­cred­ited by the Joint Com­mis­sion. Since 1985, Com­pass Re­gional Hospice has been ded­i­cated to sup­port­ing peo­ple of all ages through the chal­lenge of liv­ing with a life-lim­it­ing ill­ness and learn­ing to live fol­low­ing the death of a loved one. Today, the or­ga­ni­za­tion is a re­gional provider of hospice care and grief sup­port in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caro­line coun­ties. “Care on your terms” is the prom­ise that guides staff and vol­un­teers as they care for pa­tients in pri­vate res­i­dences, nurs­ing homes, as­sisted liv­ing fa­cil­i­ties and the res­i­den­tial hospice cen­ters in Cen­tre­ville and Ch­ester­town. Grief sup­port ser­vices are of­fered to chil­dren, adults and fam­i­lies of pa­tients who died un­der hospice care, as well as mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who are grieving the loss of a loved one, through The Hope and Heal­ing Cen­ter. For more in­for­ma­tion about Com­pass Re­gional Hospice, visit com­pass re­gion­al­hos­pice.org.

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Prov­i­dent State Bank, with bank­ing lo­ca­tions across the Mid-Shore, re­cently pledged funds to sup­port hospice and grief sup­port ser­vices in Caro­line County through Com­pass Re­gional Hospice’s cur­rent cap­i­tal cam­paign.

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