Talbot Hospice Volunteers Honored

On May 9th Talbot Hospice paid tribute to more than 200 volunteers at its annual appreciation luncheon held at Talbot Country Club. “These individuals make an important contribution to our program and are crucial to our ability to offer the breadth and depth of services we provide for patients and families at a very sacred time,” said Vivian Dodge, Executive Director. “Our volunteers donated 15,510 hours of their time in 2017, and we are deeply indebted to them for their altruistic devotion.”

The annual luncheon is funded by the Marita Menzies Endowment Fund, established in 2004 in loving memory of Marita Menzies, former Talbot Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, to provide training programs and appreciation events for Talbot Hospice volunteers.

Photo: Volunteer Advisory Council members (l-r) Brenda Stone, Sally Bent, Jack Anthony, Susan Haddaway, Gordon Ries, Bruce Richardson, and Emilie Joshi received special citations from Senator Addie Eckardt and Delegate Johnny Mautz for their service and leadership. Not pictured Phyllis Peddicord.

Presidential Service and Distinguished Volunteer Awards were given to 43 volunteers with a minimum of 100 hours reported in 2017. Presidential Service Award recipients (first time recipients) were Bettie Baer, Julie Burleson, Eleanor Morrell, Leslye Mosier, and Linda Nabb. Distinguished Volunteer Award recipients (awarded each subsequent year a volunteer qualifies) were:

Jack Anthony, Preston Bascom, Sally Bent, Ginger Bevard, Susan Blankner, Patricia Case, Alex Collins, Ruth Dominick, Nance DuPont, Kathy Foster, Margaret Frampton, Janet Granger, Susan Haddaway, Pat Harden, Liz Hershey, Mary Ann Huckel, Suzie Hurley, Emma Johnson, Emilie Joshi, Florence Lednum, Stuart Levine, Mary Lou Malone, Jean Marvel, Bob Paulus, Phyllis Peddicord, Deborah Pulzone, Pete Rampmeyer, Mary Ann Ray, Cindy Reed, Gordon Ries, Adrienne Rudge, Beverly Serio, Beverly Shea, Anne Slack, Brenda Stone, Kathy Unti, Sara Woodall, Denise Ziegler.

Senator Addie Eckardt and Delegate Johnny Mautz presented special citations to the following Volunteer Advisory Committee members recognizing their dedication and leadership: Jack Anthony, Sally Bent, Susan Haddaway, Emilie Joshi, Phyllis Peddicord, Bruce Richards, Gordon Ries, and Brenda Stone.

Many local businesses donated door prizes for the event including the Avalon Foundation, Chapel’s Country Creamery, Doc’s Downtown Grille, Dragonfly Boutique, Eastern Shore Yoga, Garden &Garnish, George’s Green Thumb, Harrison’s Eastern Shore Restaurant, Hill’s Drug Store, Hog Neck Golf Course Pro Shop, Honeybee Flower Farm, Inn at Perry Cabin, Kissed By The Sun Spa, Lizzy Dee, Salisbury Gift & Garden, Seasonal Flowers, Debbie Setter – Mary Kay Consultant, Sparkle Cleaning, The Christmas Shop, Tranquility Massage & Bodywork, Village Shoppe, and YMCA of the Chesapeake.

Memorial Walk to Benefit Talbot Hospice

Talbot Hospice will hold its 3rd Annual Memorial Walk on Oxford Day, Saturday, April 28th at 8 a.m. Check-in, a light breakfast and memorial activity begin at 7 a.m. The public is invited to walk in memory or in honor of a loved one to benefit hospice programs and services in Talbot County. A brief ceremony will be followed by a 0.8-mile walk to the Strand, finishing at 8:30 a.m. with a dove release and another opportunity to remember loved ones who have passed.

“Our Memorial Walk is a wonderful time to honor the lives of our loved ones,” said Vivian Dodge, Executive Director, Talbot Hospice. “We are grateful to the Oxford Day Committee and the Town of Oxford for recognizing the value of end-of-life care and including Talbot Hospice in this event. We look forward to spending time with our hospice family members”

Registration for adults is $25, students are $10, and children 12 and under are free. The fee includes an adult t-shirt and light breakfast. Check-in and breakfast begin at 7 a.m. To register visit TalbotHospice.org/events or call 410-822-6681. For more information contact Laura Richeson at lricheson@talbothospice.org.

Talbot Hospice Trains 20 New Volunteers

Twenty new Talbot Hospice volunteers completed orientation and comprehensive training in March. This specialized training provides in-depth understanding of the special needs of hospice patients and their families at end of life. The 16-hour training session focuses on an array of topics such as hospice philosophy, listening skills, family dynamics, grief and loss,and patient safety.

Pictured: 19 of 20 new Talbot Hospice volunteers who recently attended the 16-hour spring training session. Seated (l-r): James Steele, Melissa Martelli, Jennifer Brohawn, Cynthia Orem, Sandy Kepler, Leslie Jackson, Carol Koste, Cindy Gerber, Talbot Hospice Director of Finance Amy Stitcher, and Ellen Schiller; Standing (l-r): Eileen Van Dyke, Eunice Roberts, Rose Miles, Gloria Finn, Sue McLaughlin, Colin Perry, Christian Jackson, Simon Arnstein, Royce Ball, Francine Verwiel, and Talbot Hospice Director of Volunteer Services Lori Miller.

According to Talbot Hospice Executive Director Vivian Dodge, volunteers are an integral part of Talbot Hospice, and they enrich the lives of patients, families, and staff each day in a multitude of ways. “Their dedication, compassion, and expertise are priceless, and we thank them for joining our organization. We treasure volunteers as valuable members of our hospice team,” said Dodge.

Talbot Hospice has more than 200 volunteers who contribute an average of 15,000 hours annually doing a variety of jobs such as hands on patient care in Hospice House, cooking meals, gardening, transporting patients to appointments, serving as a companion in a patient’s home, answering the phones, and greeting visitors, to name a few. For more information on volunteering, visit TalbotHospice.org/Volunteer or call Lori Miller, Director of Volunteer Services, at 410-822-6681.

Talbot Hospice Staff Complete Pediatric Palliative Care Training

Talbot Hospice Associate Medical Director Michele Williams, DNP (left), and Clinical Director Molly Kirsch, BSN, RN

Talbot Hospice Associate Medical Director Michele Williams, DNP, and Clinical Director Molly Kirsch, BSN, RN, recently completed the year-long pediatric palliative care training (PANDA) at Children’s Hospital in Washington D.C.

According to Williams, the training for PANDA focuses on how to provide extra supports for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults with serious illnesses and their families. The goal is to prevent, reduce, and soothe suffering, and to help patients and their families cope with the stress of dealing with complicated medical problems.

As a final project Williams and Kirsch presented a quality improvement project to classmates which involved training Talbot Hospice interdisciplinary team members on pediatric palliative care.

“Talbot Hospice is deeply committed to pediatric hospice and palliative care and to the special needs of children,” said Vivian Dodge, Executive Director. “We congratulate Michele and Molly for this accomplishment and are honored and fortunate to have their expertise. “

Peebles’ Community Counts Program Supports Talbot Hospice

Talbot Hospice has been selected as the beneficiary of Peebles Department Store’s “30 Days of Giving” event from April 1 – April 30.  During the month of April, shoppers may contribute $1, $5, or $10 to Talbot Hospice and receive a coupon for 30% off a purchase in May.

Over the past four years, more than $5,000 has been contributed to Talbot Hospice through Peebles “Community Counts” Program which is designed to give back to the communities they serve.

“We are so grateful to Peebles for choosing to support Talbot Hospice again this year,” said Executive Director Vivian Dodge. “Community partnerships such as this are crucial to our ability to continue to provide a broad array of programs above and beyond core hospice services.”

Heads Up: Memorial Walk to Benefit Talbot Hospice April 38

Talbot Hospice will hold its 3rd Annual Memorial Walk on Oxford Day, Saturday, April 28th at 8 a.m. Check-in, a light breakfast and memorial activity begin at 7 a.m. The public is invited to walk in memory or in honor of a loved one to benefit hospice programs and services in Talbot County. A brief ceremony will be followed by a 0.8-mile walk to the Strand, finishing at 8:30 a.m. with a dove release and another opportunity to remember loved ones who have passed.

“Our Memorial Walk is a wonderful time to honor the lives of our loved ones,” said Vivian Dodge, Executive Director, Talbot Hospice. “We are grateful to the Oxford Day Committee and the Town of Oxford for recognizing the value of end-of-life care and including Talbot Hospice in this event. We look forward to spending time with our hospice family members”

Registration for adults is $25, students are $10, and children 12 and under are free. The fee includes an adult t-shirt and light breakfast. Check-in and breakfast begin at 7 a.m. To register visit TalbotHospice.org/events or call 410-822-6681. For more information contact Laura Richeson at lricheson@talbothospice.org.

AAMC & Talbot Hospice Host Film Screening

In recognition of National Healthcare Decisions Day Anne Arundel Medical Center and Talbot Hospice will present Consider the Conversation: Film Screening & Discussion, April 11, 10-11:30 a.m. at Talbot Hospice, 586 Cynwood Drive. This free community event features a powerful and inspiring 60-minute documentary examining multiple perspectives on end-of-life conversations and care.

After the film, a panel of experts from AAMC and Talbot Hospice will address comments and questions about the documentary and discuss the steps we can take to make sure that our own wishes and those of our loved ones are expressed and respected. Light refreshments will be served.

Registration is requested. Please visit talbot-conversation.eventbrite.com or call 410-822-6681.

Talbot Hospice Hosts Expert on Care of Aging Veterans

Talbot Hospice will present its third annual outreach event March 15, 2018 at 6 p.m. Soul Injury: Liberating Unmourned Loss featuring Deborah Grassman, expert on the unique needs of aging Veterans and author of The Hero Within and Peace at Last. The presentation will be held at the Easton High  School Auditorium and is open to the public, free of charge. Both of Grassman’s books will be offered for sale at the event.

Grassman is a mental health Nurse Practitioner whose career at the Department of Veterans Affairs spanned nearly 30 years where as Director of the Hospice program she personally took care of more than 10,000 dying veterans. She is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts in caring for Veterans nearing the end of life.

Grassman is CEO and co-founder of Opus Peace, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide programs that respond to the soul injury that occurs during trauma, abuse, self-neglect, and serious illness. She is most well-known for her pioneering presentation Wounded Warriors: Their Last Battle which was the first of its kind to identify the unique needs of Veterans as they age. In 2002, she introduced “pinning ceremonies” to honor dying veterans — a ceremony which has now become standard practice in hospices and long-term-care facilities throughout the nation.

Grassman’s presentation is suitable for Veterans and their family members, professionals who serve the Veteran populations including social workers and clinical personnel, or anyone who could benefit from processing unmourned grief and unforgiven guilt.

“We are so pleased to be able to bring someone of Deborah’s caliber to Talbot County,” said Talbot Hospice Executive Director Vivian Dodge. “We are grateful to our presenting sponsors Avon Dixon Agency and Shore United Bank for helping make this a free event for the community.”

Also at the event, local Veteran organizations, agencies, and support groups will be available in the lobby prior to Grassman’s presentation to offer their resources to Veterans and their families. On Friday, March 16, 8 a.m., Grassman will present an abbreviated version of the workshop “Wounded Warriors” at Talbot Hospice for social workers, nurses, and anyone who works with Veterans.

For more information visit TalbotHospice.org/events or call 410-822-6681.

Talbot Hospice 5th Annual Spring Bouquet Sale

A patient and her daughter enjoyed receiving a beautiful bouquet for her room during last year’s sale.

It’s time to say so long to winter and welcome spring.  Talbot Hospice’s 5th annual “Welcome Spring Bouquet” sale is in full bloom! This colorful volunteer-run fundraiser brings good cheer while supporting the important work of Talbot Hospice.

According to Talbot Hospice volunteer Julie Burleson, co-chair of the fundraiser, there is no better way to say “I love you,” “thank you,” or “just because,” than lovely fresh flowers. “Flowers are a timeless symbol of life, love and renewal,” said Burleson. “At Talbot Hospice we like to celebrate each day to the fullest, and fragrant flowers are a reminder that spring is just around the corner.”

Last year’s floral event yielded over $10,000 which directly benefits patients facing end-of-life and their families. The beautiful bouquets are only $20 and make a perfect gift for a spouse, friend, colleague, child, or parent.

Orders must be placed by March 20, and bouquets will be available for pick up at Talbot Hospice on March 22, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Orders of five or more bouquets can be delivered to your home or office.  To order visit TalbotHospice.org/events, call 410-822-6681, or visit the Talbot Hospice office in person at 586 Cynwood Drive, Easton.

Talbot Hospice Offers Memoir Workshop

Talbot Hospice is offering a six-week memoir workshop – Looking Back with Gentle Eyes – facilitated by Anne McCormick, M.Ed., Tuesday mornings 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., March 20 – April 24, 2018. The class is free of charge and open to the public. Class size is limited to ten participants. Advance registration is required and can be made by calling 410-822-6681.

McCormick is the retired Associate Director of the Learning and Counseling Center and adjunct professor of English at American University, Washington, D.C. She is the co-author of two books and numerous journal articles about accommodating college students with disabilities. Since retiring to the Eastern Shore, Anne has co-offered numerous workshops in memoir writing and served on multiple advocacy boards for individuals with disabilities.