The Hospice Movement in Caroline, Kent and Queen Anne’s with Compass Director Heather Guerieri

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On any given day Compass Regional Hospice might be treating as many as eighty patients throughout the Kent, Caroline, and Queen Anne’s counties with end-of-life care and support. That is a remarkable number for such a rural region as the Mid-Shore, but it also is a very positive sign that the acceptance of Hospice care is increasingly being embraced in those communities.

The job of directing the care for those eighty patients and their families has been the primary charge of Heather Guerieri, the executive director of Compass, at a time when demand is clearly growing. But with that growth has also come regulatory and health care complexities that could easily swamp an untested administrator.

This is not the case at Compass. Closely tied to the Hospice movement on the Shore since starting her work in Caroline County as a student nurse in the 1990s, Heather has seen over twenty years a dramatic change in how our culture deals with end of life decisions.

In her interview with the Spy, Heather talks about the future of Hospice, particularly in Kent County, and her organization’s ability to successfully navigate the challenges of our health system to continue to provide an exceptional level of service for Mid-Shore families.

This video is approximately six minutes in length. For more information about Compass Regional Hospice please go here.

 

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