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Compass Regional Hospice Named Nonprofit of the Year

Tuesday, November 19, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Katherine Lally
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On November 14th, Compass Regional Hospice was recognized as Nonprofit of the Year at Chesapeake Charities’ annual Celebration of Charity Luncheon. They were nominated and chosen for providing exemplary hospice care and grief support services in Caroline, Kent, and Queen Anne’s counties, and for their visionary leadership and commitment to excellence.

Staff, board members, and supporters of Compass Regional Hospice attended the award luncheon hosted at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. Chesapeake Charities noted, “through the collective efforts of a core group of dedicated community leaders, Compass Regional Hospice has been able to add facilities, hire staff, and develop new programs to meet the growing needs of the community.”

Mark Freestate, long-time supporter and Capital Campaign Committee member, presented the award. He acknowledged Mildred Barnett, founder of Hospice of Queen Anne’s, and credited her for identifying the need for hospice care in our community, and initiating a program that has continued to serve for nearly 35 years. Chief Executive Officer Heather Guerieri has been with Compass Regional Hospice for over 12 years, and accepted the award on behalf of Compass. Guerieri said “there are so many wonderful causes to support in our region, many of which are made possible with the backing of Chesapeake Charities. We are honored to be singled out and recognized as Nonprofit of the Year, and very grateful for your continued belief in our mission.”

Compass Regional Hospice was formed in 1985 by a group of caring volunteers who recognized the need for compassionate end-of-life care in Queen Anne’s County. It has since evolved to a fully-licensed, community-based nonprofit serving hundreds of patients per year in the Caroline, Kent, and Queen Anne’s counties. Guerieri was quoted, “we’re privileged to be considered a valued resource during difficult times—for those coming to terms with a terminal diagnosis, those that have lost a loved one under tragic circumstances, and those struggling to support their ageing parents.”


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