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Hospice services to expand in Caroline County!
By the fall residents of Caroline County will once again have a residential hospice
center. The Caroline Hospice Home located at 613 South Fifth Ave in Denton is
scheduled to open for patient care following months of renovations.
The facility, which is owned by Caroline Hospice Foundation, will accommodate three
residential patients in three private rooms. The center also has a chapel and
comfortable seating and dining areas for visitors. The facility, including a new
state-of-the art kitchen, has been updated to comply with state regulations that
govern hospice centers.
"We are excited to be able to expand the service we have been providing in Caroline
County since the state approved us to be the sole provider of hospice services last
fall," says Heather Guerieri, RN, BSN, CHPN, executive director, Compass Regional
Hospice. "Now, in addition to providing hospice care in private residences, nursing
homes and assisted living facilities we will have a three-bed residential hospice
center for people who choose this level of care."
Betty Balles, president of the Caroline Hospice Foundation and a long-time hospice
champion in Caroline County, adds, "The Caroline Hospice Foundation is committed to
its mission of raising money needed to ensure that the people of our community have
access to the hospice care they need. We are pleased to have formed this partnership
with Compass Regional Hospice, whose staff and volunteers share our passion for
helping people through some of the most difficult days of their lives."
Laura Harris, vice president and incoming president for Caroline Hospice Foundation,
says, "This collaboration with Compass Regional Hospice also adds services that are
now available in Caroline County through the Hope & Healing Center. Skilled counselors
provide grief support not only to hospice families but also to people of all ages who
have experienced a significant loss. The Hope & Healing Center programs include
individual and group counseling, support groups, and workshops for adults, teens and
Like all non-profit hospice providers, Compass Regional Hospice depends on donations
from the community to close the gap between the actual cost of providing patient care
and payments received from Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance. Guerieri says,
"Fundraising is the heart of hospice and we are most grateful to our Caroline Hospice
Foundation colleagues for the enthusiasm they bring to funding this facility and many
of the expenses we incur in providing hospice care."
A community grand opening celebration is planned for August 11 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM
at the Caroline Hospice Home.
For more information about Compass Regional Hospice call 443-262-4100 or visit
To become a hospice supporter in Caroline County contact the Caroline Hospice
Foundation by calling 410-479-3500.
The sign in front of the Caroline Hospice Foundation (CHF) in Denton signals that
expanded hospice services are coming to the county soon. The three-bed residential
hospice center, which will be operated by Compass Regional Hospice, is scheduled to
open in the fall of 2015. Pictured are (left to right) Sandy Keating, Heather
Guerieri, executive director, Compass Regional Hospice; Elaine Nichols, CHF board
member; Margie Calvello, CHF Advisory Committee; Heidi Plutschak, Director, CHF;
Dave Whaley, CHF board member; Betty Balles, CHF board president; Laura Harris,
CHF board vice president; and Al Turner and Richard Harfield CHF board members.
Caroline Hospice Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit
organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the
extent allowed by law.
A copy of the current financial statement of Caroline Hospice
Foundation is available by writing to (613 S. 5th Ave Denton,
MD 21629) or by calling (410-479-3500). Documents and
information submitted under the Maryland Solicitations Act are
also available, for the cost of postage and copies, from the
Maryland Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis MD 21401,
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