Compass unveils renovated Hope, Healing Center
CENTREVILLE — Compass Regional Hospice, serving Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline counties, recently invited the community to tour its renovated Hope and Healing Center at 255 Comet Drive in Centreville, home of the nonprofit’s grief support services and residential hospice center.
The renovations include updates to counseling rooms and additional spaces, which will be used to offer individuals and families grief support healing services, such as massage, yoga and reiki.
The additional spaces and services are intended to fill a community need for these grief support healing services. While the addition of healing services will be offered for a small donation, Compass’ grief counseling is a free community service offered to anyone who is suffering the loss of a loved one.
“For the past several years, we have envisioned being able to broaden the scope of our grief support program offerings in an effort to meet the needs of our community,” said Rhonda Knotts, grief support services super visor.
“Our excitement over our recent renovations is beyond words, as we begin to plan a wide variety of therapeutic offerings, such as self-help workshops; yoga tailored toward those suffering from loss; massage therapy; grief support groups; and artistic healing classes. It is rewarding to see our vision come to fruition,” Knotts said.
The next phase in the construction of the facility at 255 Comet Drive will begin after the new year and include the addition of four beds to the Hospice Center, bringing the facility to a total of 10 beds.
This past September, Compass Regional Hospice hosted a groundbreaking and donor recognition ceremony to honor the upcoming expansion. About 100 guests attended the afternoon event.
Executive director Heather Guerieri is also president of the Hospice and Palliative Care Network of Maryland.
“This is a milestone achievement for Compass Regional Hospice,” Guerieri said. “Since 1985, we have had the honor of serving the residents of Queen Anne’s County, and more recently, in 2014, we regionalized and now serve the communities of Kent and Caroline counties, as well. We are not just a hospice provider, but also the regional provider of grief support services to our three counties.”
“With the growing need for these grief and bereavement services in our communities, so grows the necessity for expanded space to be able to fill those needs, hence the need for the current renovations to our Hope and Healing Center,” Guerieri said.
Guerieri said about the upcoming hospice center expansion, “In an effort to never have to turn away someone in need, we embarked on this initiative to expand our Hospice Center in Centreville, growing the facility from six to 10 beds. Our community deserves quality inpatient hospice care, and through this expansion, we are making sure they have access to that care.”
Compass Regional Hospice is just $500,000 shy of its initial capital campaign goal of $4 million, a campaign the organization embarked on in 2016. More than 214 individuals, families, companies and private foundations have participated and donated toward the campaign.
In addition to the expansion, Dr. Thomas Walsh, the organization’s chief medical director, will come on as the organization’s first full-time chief medical director in January 2019.
Walsh has been the chief medical director, on a contractual basis, with Compass Regional Hospice since March 2017. He is a founding partner and former board member of Maryland Primary Care Physicians and currently serves as the clinical director for its Queenstown site. He will be retiring from the practice at the end of 2018. He also recently was elected to serve as a judge of the Queen Anne’s County Orphan’s Court.
During the recent groundbreaking ceremony, Walsh said, “After a couple weeks (from agreeing to come on board in March 2017), I began to realize what an amazing group of people work in hospice, and their commitment to and devotion to taking care of, not only the people who are suffering from terminal illnesses, but their families. Without their amazing commitment, we couldn’t do what we do for the people of Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline counties. Every day, I’m so glad I got that phone call from (Heather Guerieri) last spring and that I can be part of it.”
Walsh said the organization takes care of around 100 patients daily in their homes, in skilled nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and in the organization’s residential facilities in Centreville and Chestertown.
For more information about the hospice center expansion, renovations or the current capital campaign of Compass Regional Hospice, contact Kenda Leager, development officer, at 443262-4106 or klea[email protected]passregionalhospice.org.
For more information about donating massage, yoga or reiki services to Compass Regional Hospice, contact Rhonda Knotts at 443-262-4109 or [email protected] compassregionalhospice. org.
From left are Audrey Scott; Susan Brandon, who was the bereavement coordinator for Compass Regional Hospice (formerly Hospice of Queen Anne’s) for more than 20 years; and current Compass grief counselors Linda Turner and Ann OConnor.
From left are Compass Regional Hospice volunteer Gay Baker, Compass Grief Support Services Supervisor Rhonda Knotts and Compass Development Assistant Jordan Tucker.