Brackish Life Donates to Talbot Hospice

Sharon and Kyle Poore of Brackish Life, a Chesapeake Bay apparel company,recently donated $500 to Talbot Hospice in memory of their dear friend Mike Morse who lost his battle with colon cancer last year. The funds were raised from the sale of Brackish Life oyster logo t-shirts designed by St. Michaels resident Sherry Smith, owner of Serendipity Salon, while she was undergoing treatment for colon cancer. Smith chose Talbot Hospice to receive $7 from the sale of each t-shirt.

L-R: Talbot Hospice Director of Development Kate Cox and Executive Director Vivian Dodge accept the contribution from Sherry Smith, Anne Morse, Sharon Poore, and Kyle Poore.

Brackish Life apparel pays tribute to the Chesapeake Bay with the slogan “A little salty.A little fresh.” In addition to a variety of men’s and women’s shirts, they also sell hats, decals, oyster knives, crab mallets, and tote bags with the Brackish Life logo and slogan.

“We are honored and grateful to be receiving a portion of the sales of Brackish Life’s oyster t-shirt,” said Talbot Hospice Executive Director Vivian Dodge. “Gifts like these have a huge impact on our ability to deliver compassionate care at the end of life. What a lovely tribute to Mike Morse and to all the individuals we serve.”

The oyster t-shirts are available for purchase at www.brackish.life and will also be sold during Oyster Fest, October 27th, in front of Carpenter Street Salon.

Healing Through Yoga at Talbot Hospice

A new class featuring yoga as a healing therapy will be offered weekly at Talbot Hospice beginning October 16, 2018. “Healing Through Yoga” will be led by Leslie Orndoff, RYT, and will meet every Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m. at 586 Cynwood Drive in Easton. The class includes gentle opening and stretching for individuals of all levels. No previous yoga experience is necessary. Yoga mats will be provided, and walk-ins are welcome. There is no charge for this or any grief support group offered by Talbot Hospice.

“This new complementary therapy is a wonderful adjunct to our vast grief and support services, offering more options for our families to find the support tailored to their needs,” said Executive Director Vivian Dodge.

Instructor Leslie Orndoff is a mother of three, a writer, and a former fitness instructor. She found yoga five years ago and soon realized how much it enhanced her already strict fitness regime. She also felt its profound effect on not only her physical but mental well-being. Because of its deep effect on her she sought to obtain her 200-hour certification so she could help people improve and enhance their lives through the practice of yoga. She learned the Iyengar style of yoga, and through its emphasis on proper alignment, incorporates the other limbs of yoga into her practice and teaching.

Talbot Hospice Bereavement Coordinator Becky DeMattia describes the class as therapeutic, guiding participants through mindfulness and poses that direct healing in positive ways.Participants will learn empowering techniques to cope with their grief and honor their loss. “Everyone has a different journey with grief, and we are pleased to be able to offer yet another tool for processing and healing,” said DeMattia.

For more information about “Healing Through Yoga” contact Talbot Hospice at 410-822-6681. For a full list of grief and caregiver support groups visit TalbotHospice.org.

Meintzer Appointed Head of Quality Improvement & Compliance

Talbot Hospice Executive Director Vivian Dodge recently announced the appointment of Mary Jane Meintzer, RN, CHPN, as Quality Improvement Coordinator and Compliance Officer as of September 1, 2018. Meintzer replaces Anne Shannahan who is retiring after a 35 year career in nursing and who has been with Talbot Hospice since 2014.

“I am delighted to have Mary Jane assume this position,” said Executive Director Vivian Dodge.“She brings many skills and talents to her new role. We so appreciate Anne’s contribution to Talbot Hospice these past four years and wish her much happiness in her retirement.”

In her dual roles as Quality Improvement Coordinator and Compliance Officer, Meintzer will identify and implement ongoing process improvement strategies and best practices to maximize efficiency and improve quality outcomes.  She will also ensure compliance with industry regulations and accreditation standards for hospice care.

“I have truly loved working as a case manager for our hospice patients, and I will miss the day to day interaction with them, but I am looking forward to my new role to help better serve our patients, families, and staff,” said Meintzer.

Meintzer has worked as a nurse case manager for Talbot Hospice since 2014, and prior to that she was a volunteer in Talbot Hospice House.She is a graduate of Macqueen Gibbs Willis School of Nursing and worked for several years at Shore Regional Hospital before leaving to join her husband in the family business. Meintzer lives in Easton with her husband Dana and has two sons and a granddaughter.

Talbot Hospice Offers Volunteer Training

“My hospice training has redirected my life and opened doors that have transformed me.” A Talbot Hospice Volunteer

Talbot Hospice will hold its bi-annual Volunteer Training beginning October 8. If you are interested in giving back to our community in a meaningful way, consider becoming a Talbot Hospice Volunteer. Perhaps you love to cook or garden. Maybe you play a musical instrument. Talbot Hospice has specific needs for dinner cooks, musicians, greeters, breakfast cooks (especially weekends), caregivers (especially weekends), and gardeners. Talbot Hospice also needs individuals to visit patients in their homes and in facilities, make check-in phone calls, shop for groceries, and transport patients to appointments and on errands.

Topics covered during training include hospice purpose and philosophy, admission criteria, volunteer roles, HIPAA and confidentiality, attitudes and fears, death and dying, spirituality, listening skills and boundaries, family dynamics, cultural diversity, grief, hands on training, and standard precautions.

If you’ve been looking for your passion and calling and would like to learn more about volunteering at Talbot Hospice, contact Director of Volunteer Services Lori Miller at lmiller@talbothospice.org or 410-822-6681.

Talbot Hospice Offers New Support Groups

Talbot Hospice has announced the addition of three new grief support groups to its roster. All support groups are free of charge and open to the public, whether or not your loved one was served by Talbot Hospice.

Beginning in September an eight-week group called “Looking Ahead” will be offered for anyone in the community who is grieving the death of a loved one. Participants will have two options to choose from – Wednesdays from 1 – 3 p.m. or Thursdays from 6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday dates are September 5, 12, 19, 26 and October 3, 10, 17, 24. Thursday dates are September 6, 13, 20, 27, and October 4, 11, 18, 25. Registration is required.

In October, a four-week group called “Shattering the Silence” will offer support, education, and resources to families impacted by a loved one’s death from suicide or overdose. This group will meet every Tuesday in October (2, 9, 16, and 23) from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

“Navigating the Holidays in the Midst of Grief” will be offered Friday, November 2, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. This grief workshop will offer coping strategies, ideas, suggestions and grief education on how to navigate the holidays which can be challenging, especially during the first year after the death of a loved one. Registration is required.

Other ongoing support groups at Talbot Hospice include:
Caregivers Support Group, Thursdays at 1-2:15 p.m.
Pet Loss Support Group, 1st Thursday of the month,6-7 p.m.
Child Loss Support Group, 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8 p.m.
Grief Support Group, 4th Tuesday of the month, 5-6:30 p.m.

All support groups meet at Talbot Hospice, 586 Cynwood Drive, Easton. For more information or to register for a group contact Becky DeMattia at 410-822-6681 or bdemattia@talbothospice.org. More details about these groups can be found at www.Talbothospice.org/programs/bereavement.

Talbot Hospice Offers New Support Groups

Talbot Hospice has announced the addition of three new grief support groups to its roster. All support groups are free of charge and open to the public, whether or not your loved one was served by Talbot Hospice.

Beginning in September an eight-week group called “Looking Ahead” will be offered for anyone in the community who is grieving the death of a loved one. Participants will have two options to choose from – Wednesdays from 1 – 3 p.m. or Thursdays from 6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday dates are September 5, 12, 19, 26 and October 3, 10, 17, 24. Thursday dates are September 6, 13, 20, 27, and October 4, 11, 18, 25. Registration is required.

In October, a four-week group called “Shattering the Silence” will offer support, education, and resources to families impacted by a loved one’s death from suicide or overdose. This group will meet every Tuesday in October (2, 9, 16, and 23) from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

“Navigating the Holidays in the Midst of Grief” will be offered Friday, November 2, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. This grief workshop will offer coping strategies, ideas, suggestions and grief education on how to navigate the holidays which can be challenging, especially during the first year after the death of a loved one. Registration is required.

Other ongoing support groups at Talbot Hospice include:
Caregivers Support Group, Thursdays at 1-2:15 p.m.
Pet Loss Support Group, 1st Thursday of the month, 6-7 p.m.
Child Loss Support Group, 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8 p.m.
Grief Support Group, 4th Tuesday of the month, 5-6:30 p.m.

All support groups meet at Talbot Hospice, 586 Cynwood Drive, Easton. For more information or to register for a group contact Becky DeMattia at 410-822-6681 or bdemattia@talbothospice.org. More details about these groups can be found at www.Talbothospice.org/programs/bereavement.

Talbot Hospice Opens Final Three Rooms

Talbot Hospice Executive Director Vivian Dodge recently announced the opening of the last three guest rooms in the Eleanor A. Koons Hospice House on Cynwood Drive in Easton, bringing the total capacity in the residence to twelve.

“During the expansion in 2014-15, it was decided to double our capacity from six to 12 rooms in planning for the future, and just three short years later, we are ready to open the last three beds,” said Dodge. “Our growth has been robust over the past several months, and we are pleased to be able to serve the increased needs of our neighbors and community.”

Talbot Hospice celebrated the opening of the final three guest rooms in the Eleanor A. Koons Hospice House with an Open House on July 19, 2018.

The rooms are outfitted with smart bed technology for patients’ utmost comfort and safety, a state-of-the-art nurse call system to monitor and report on more than 30 individual data items, and comfortable recliner chairs for patient or family. “Our goal is to make sure our patients and families are comfortable in our home-like environment,” said Dodge. “It is gratifying to see the vision, ideas, hard work, and philanthropy of dedicated individuals, board members, and community leaders come to fruition.”

Talbot Hospice celebrated the milestone with an Open House including a blessing of the house by Chaplain Jody Gunn, a butterfly release, and an update on new initiatives.

Talbot Hospice has been providing hospice and grief support services since 1981 to patients facing life-limiting illness and their loved ones. To learn more about hospice services and programs call 410-822-6681 or visit TalbotHospice.org.

Talbot Hospice Appoints Two New Board Members

Talbot Hospice Executive Director Vivian Dodge has announced the appointment of Lee Gordon and Dick Granville to the board of directors and Steve Slack as board president. “I am pleased to welcome our two new board members as ambassadors for Talbot Hospice and congratulate Steve Slack as our new Board President,” said Dodge. “I am delighted to be working with them, and all our board members, to help guide our organization through the next several years.”

Lee Gordon is an attorney at Parker Counts where she focuses on estate planning and administration. She currently serves on The Country School board and the Talbot County Advisory Board for Mid-Shore Community Foundation. Gordon has served as President of the Board for Christ Church Day School andis a former Treasurer for the Baker-King Fund.

Lee Gordon, Dick Granville. Steve Slack

Richard (Dick) Granville returns to the Talbot Hospice board for a second term after having served 2001-2004 and as honorary chair of the most recent capital campaign ending in 2015. Granville was President of Celeste Industries Corporation before retiring in 2000 after 27 years. Over time, he has served in various capacities on several local boards including Shore Bancshares, Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Shore Health System, Talbot County Free Library, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, The Country School, and the Academy of the Arts.

New board president Steve Slack joined the Talbot Hospice board in 2016. He began volunteering for Talbot Hospice in 2014 and has served as breakfast cook, End-of-Life Doula, and member of the Veterans Recognition Program, Faith Initiative and Communications committees. Slack is retired from Tyco Electronics where he managed the North American sales force for the telelcommunications division. He served four years as a Naval supply officer including a tour in DaNang, Vietnam.

Leaving the board are Tony Principi and Lynn Sanchez. Dodge said, “We are grateful for the diverse talents and experience Tony and Lynn have brought to our organization. Their passion and commitment to our mission has had a positive impact during an important period of change and growth.”

Brackish Life Donates to Talbot Hospice

Photo: Representatives from Brackish Life present a donation to Talbot Hospice. Seated (l-r): Sherry Smith and Meagan Poore; standing (l-r): Kyle Poore, Brackish Life; Talbot Hospice Director of Development Kate Cox and Executive Director Vivian Dodge; and David Sutton, Brackish Life. Sherry Smith created the artwork for Brackish Life t-shirts sold at a recent 5K to bring awareness to the fight against colon cancer. A portion of the proceeds was donated to Talbot Hospice.

Kyle Poore and David Sutton of Brackish Life recently donated to Talbot Hospice a portion of the proceeds from t-shirts sold at TriCycle & Run’s Spring Fling 5K in St. Michaels April 15. The gift was made in honor of Sherry Smith who drew the oyster artwork for the t-shirt and who has fought her own battle with colon and thyroid cancers.  “When Kyle told me I could choose the organization to receive the contribution, I thought of Talbot Hospice and how they’ve touched so many lives in the community,” said Smith.

The Spring Fling run was held to benefit Bay Hematology/Oncology in Easton and to bring awareness to the fight against colon cancer. Blankets, scarves, gloves, magazines, puzzle books, and tissues were collected and donated to Bay Oncology and Hematology for patients undergoing treatment.

According to Brackish Life President Kyle Poore, their philosophy isto give back to the community in which they live and work. Other organizations benefitting from their generosity have been Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, Tilghman Elementary School, and Talbot Watermen Association.

Brackish Life celebrates the Chesapeake Bay heritage with sportswear and accessories for men women and children. To learn more visit brackish.life.

Mayorga Receives Hospice Caregivers Award

From L-R: Talbot Hospice Executive Director Vivian Dodge, FHN’s Justin Britcher, RN Dot Mayorga , FHN’s Jenn Chance.

Talbot Hospice RN Dot Mayorga is the recipient of the most recent Hospice Caregiver Award sponsored by Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home (FHN). The award was created by FHN to recognize dedicated hospice caregivers for their selfless devotion and generosity of heart. Each quarter a caregiver is honored based on a review of nominations from peers, friends, patients and their families and others who feel a particular individual exemplifies the spirit of this award.

A family recently served by Talbot Hospice described Mayorga in their nomination: “Dot integrates all the qualities of a hospice nurse in her care, nursing skill, compassion, and expertise. Dot has a special intuitiveness to sense her patient’s readiness to deal with their multiple challenges and issues. My husband’s cancer caused him to have difficulty processing language. Dot gained his trust with a straight forward and caring style that just worked. Thank you Dot for being there not only for my husband but also for understanding the stress of my dual roles of nurse and wife. I will not forget your call at 11p.m. on a particularly difficult night. I am so grateful for Dot’s role in helping me keep my husband at home until we reached the critical point where he needed to enter Hospice House. You made all the difference.”

“Dot has been a Talbot Hospice nurse for three years, and we are very proud that she has received this award,” said Vivian Dodge, Talbot Hospice Executive Director.“The Caregiver Award exemplifies an individual who has gone above and beyond to care for patients and their families, and Dot demonstrates that every day.”

As part of the recognition, FHN makes a donation in the award recipient’s honor to the “Caregiver’s Heart” Scholarship Fund given to a deserving local high school senior to pursue a career in nursing.

If you have received exceptional care from a Talbot Hospice caregiver and would like to nominate them for the Caregivers Award, send your nomination to Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, info@fhnfuneralhome.com, 200 S. Harrison Street, Easton, MD, 21601. For more information call 410-822-3131.