Com­pass un­veils ren­o­vated Hope, Heal­ing Cen­ter

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Senior Satellite -

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.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

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.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

From left are Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice vol­un­teer Gay Baker, Com­pass Grief Sup­port Ser­vices Su­per­vi­sor Rhonda Knotts and Com­pass De­vel­op­ment As­sis­tant Jor­dan Tucker.

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