January 26, 2012
Special to The Herald-Mail In 2004, my perfectly normal life was suddenly in a tailspin when my husband was diagnosed with a terminal blood disorder. The disease progressed too quickly to do anything more than treat the symptoms. As his health rapidly declined, he decided that he wanted to die at home with minimal discomfort. He felt that because I was a nurse I could handle this. I, on the other hand, was fearful because I am a nurse and because this was my husband.
December 23, 2010
“What is wrong with me? Am I going crazy? I just wish I were the same person I used to be; maybe I’m just getting old,” asked Bill. Nothing seemed to hold his interest lately, and interacting with his friends and family seemed more burdensome than fun. Bill knew that he had suffered some personal losses over the last few years with the death of his best friend and the serious illness of his wife. But Bill was a great caregiver — everyone said so. So what was going on?
August 21, 2010
An estimated 750 motorcyclists roared into downtown Martinsburg late Saturday afternoon to kick off Bike Night 2010. The event, which is sponsored by Main Street Martinsburg and the Blue Knights West Virginia Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, began eight years ago not only to bring people downtown, but to raise money for Hospice of the Panhandle, said K.C. Bohrer, president of Blue Knights West Virginia. "We want to have an event that people can be proud of," Bohrer said. "We've raised close to $60,000 for Hospice.
January 20, 2013
It is a local chapter of Business Network International, or BNI, whose mission is to help members increase their business through a structured, positive and professional word-of-mouth referral program that enables them to develop long-term, meaningful relationships with local business professionals. The revenue generated by the chapter members as a direct result of referrals is tracked each week. When a member is successful in doing business with a referral he or she received from another member, an anonymous “thank-you” card is turned in stating the name of the person who gave the referral and the dollar amount of the business generated.
November 2, 2012
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's 14th annual International Survivors of Suicide Day is Saturday, Nov. 17, at Hospice of Washington County Inc., 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown. Light refreshments and sign in begins at 12:30 p.m. The DVD presentation will begin at 1 p.m. and time for discussion will follow. Thousands of survivors of suicide loss gather together around the world on this day for mutual support and practical guidance on coping with grief. For information or to register, call the Bereavement Department at 301-791-6360.
May 21, 2012
There were 132 runners and walkers who participated in this year's 5K for Hospice of Washington County to remember loved ones. "Many of the participants did fundraising to earn a special race day shirt with the name of their loved one printed on back," said Cheryl Brown, development director for Hospice of Washington County. Brown said 11 people walked or ran in memory of Todd Staley. The team bearing his name raised $3,500 of the $15,000 raised for this event "It was awesome to see all those steel-gray shirts representing one person who was near and dear to this community," she said.
April 21, 2011
On April 8, Hospice of Washington County graduated four companion volunteers. They are Becky Lefevre, Denise Brome, Carol Homan and Jeannie Walsh. Hospice has more than 160 volunteers who assist with office work, fundraisers, companionship for patients and their families, pet therapy, massage therapy and beautician services. The next volunteer group training will be July 12 through July 28, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. A self-study training DVD and workbook training is available.
January 21, 2013
Hospice of Washington County Inc. is accepting applications for the 2013 Frederic H. Kass III, M.D. Scholarship. Those interested in applying should be a resident of Washington County, who is a graduating high school senior and accepted to an accredited college majoring in a health-care field; or a resident of Washington County who is a student at an accredited college majoring in a health-care field with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0; or...
April 16, 2012
A second $100,000 gift from a local insurance company propelled Hospice of the Panhandle to exceed its $3 million groundbreaking goal for “Building the Dream,” the agency's campaign to build a 14-bed inpatient facility and consolidate its offices. Board members with Farmers and Mechanics Insurance Cos., which made a $100,000 donation to Hospice in 2010, announced late last week that it would make a second gift of $100,000 to the agency for its capital campaign, Hospice announced Monday.
June 13, 2012
A ground-breaking ceremony Wednesday on the Jefferson/Berkeley County line kicked off construction of the new Hospice of the Panhandle inpatient facility and office complex. Construction on the two separate buildings is to begin next month. Two-thirds of the new facility will be in Jefferson County and the rest in Berkeley County, according to Hospice Chief Executive Officer Margaret Cogswell. The 14-bed, 23,000-square-foot inpatient facility is a one-story building, while the 28,000-square-foot office complex is two stories.