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Provident State Bank Donates $1,015!

We would like to thank Provident State Bank and its employees for their generous donation of $1,015! This donation will help cover the cost of care for one patient for a full month!

This donation was raised by PSB employees who got to wear jeans to work on Fridays in exchange for making a contribution to Caroline Hospice Foundation. The fundraiser ran over two months. We are are very grateful for the donation, and we hope everyone enjoyed their jeans days!

Provident State Bank presents check for donation of $1,015 to Caroline Hospice Foundation

Robyn Bell (right) of Provident State Bank presents a check to CHF Executive Director Heidi Plutschak

If your business is interested in hosting a similar fundraiser, please contact us. We’d be happy to help you get the ball rolling. Your business and employees will be recognized here on our blog, as well as in our Donors & Sponsors list on our website and on our Facebook page.

Caroline Hospice Foundation Helped Fund Hospice Care for 42% More Patients in 2016 than Prior Years

The following is a copy of a recent press release issued by Caroline Hospice Foundation:

DENTON, February 2, 2017 – Caroline Hospice Foundation has reported a significant increase in patients seeking hospice care in Caroline County in 2016. In 2015, the organization helped fund the cost of care for 105 patients Caroline County. In 2016, 149 Caroline County patients received hospice care.

Caroline Hospice Foundation works to ensure that residents of Caroline County have access to exceptional end-of-life care. The organization raises funds through donations, fundraisers, and grants to help offset the cost of hospice care for local residents. Medical care for all hospice patients in Caroline County is provided by Compass Regional Hospice, which serves the communities of Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline Counties.

“We have an outstanding partnership with Compass Regional Hospice,” said Heidi Plutschak, Executive Director of Caroline Hospice Foundation. Plutschak attributes part of the increased demand for hospice services to the reputation Compass Regional Hospice has earned in the community. She said, “Compass has wonderful staff who really make a difference for patients and their families.”

Plutschak also attributes the increased demand for hospice care to the reopening of the Caroline Hospice Home in Denton. Caroline Hospice Foundation reopened the home in August 2015 after extensive renovations. The home has three private rooms for residential patient care. Compass Regional Hospice provides medical care at the home, as well as private residences, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes. This flexibility of where care is delivered has allowed more Caroline County patients to access hospice services.

Plutschak also credits Caroline Hospice Foundation’s new outreach efforts with raising community awareness about the availability of hospice care in Caroline County. The organization launched a new website and annual appeal campaign in 2016. “Our new website has helped local families understand the benefits of hospice care for their loved ones. It is more informative and makes it easier for families to get help during a very challenging and emotional time in their lives.”

Caroline Hospice Foundation’s new website has assisted the organization in raising funds through donations and event ticket sales. This is important because the 42% increase in patients in 2016 resulted in an increase of more than 200% in the cost of care paid for by Caroline Hospice Foundation.

“We could not fulfill our mission to fund hospice patients in Caroline County if it wasn’t for the generosity of this community,” said Plutschak.

Plutschak said that a recent challenge for the organization has been confusion about a competing fundraising appeal from an out-of-state hospice organization. Several local residents have reported receiving an appeal letter from a hospice organization in Virginia that has no affiliation with Caroline Hospice Foundation.

“Caroline Hospice Foundation is the only hospice foundation to support hospice services in Caroline County, and Compass Regional Hospice is the only fully licensed hospice provider.” said Plutschak.

Plutschak reported that Caroline Hospice Foundation is predicting similar levels of patient enrollment for hospice care in Caroline County in 2017.

Please consider supporting Caroline Hospice Foundation’s mission by making a donation. Thank you!

Red Neck Golf Association Donates $1,120 to Caroline Hospice Foundation

Caroline Hospice Foundation was recently honored to receive a $1,120 donation from the Red Neck Golf Association!

The Red Neck Golf Association is a group of guys who get together once a year to play golf and “share stories, tell small lies, and generally have fun.” The group has a “Green Jacket” that is awarded to the winning golfer, which simulates the jacket awarded at the Masters Tournament. Each of the golfing buddies makes a cash contribution, and the winner of the Green Jacket gets to decide where the funds will be donated.

This year’s Red Neck Golf Association Green Jacket winner was Mr. Doug Gray. Mr. Gray chose to direct the funds to Caroline Hospice Foundation, for which we are very grateful!

The donation from the Red Neck Golf Association provides the equivalent of 37 days of hospice care for one patient. If you would like to help honor life’s journey and provide local families with care and support, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Caroline Hospice Foundation.

Caroline Foundation Grants $100,000 to Caroline Hospice Foundation

Caroline Hospice Foundation is tremendously honored to have received a $100,000 grant from the Caroline Foundation. This is one of the first grants the Caroline Foundation has issued following the sale of Caroline Nursing Home and The Gables.  All proceeds from these sales have been designated for charitable grants to Caroline County organizations that provide medical and healthcare services to the community.  The grant received by Caroline Hospice Foundation will serve hospice patients and their families throughout the County.

The Caroline Foundation awarded Caroline Hospice Foundation a $100,000 grant to provide hospice care to patients and their families throughout Caroline County.

We are deeply grateful to have been chosen by the Caroline Foundation to receive such a significant grant. The funds received will help ensure access to the exceptional hospice care provided by our medical partner, Compass Regional Hospice. Demand for hospice care in Caroline County increased significantly in 2016, resulting in a nearly threefold increase in the cost of care.

The funds provided by the Caroline Foundation will also help us continue to maintain and operate the Caroline Hospice Home, which provides in-patient hospice care for County residents.

If you would like to help continue the important work of honoring life’s journey through compassionate end-of-life care, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Caroline Hospice Foundation.

Laura’s Story

How Hospice Care Made a Difference for One Local Family

Leroy Rowe was the kind of guy everybody knew and loved. He and his wife Barbara settled in Caroline County in the 1960s, and Leroy began immediately to volunteer his time and serve his community. His happy-go-lucky personality quickly earned him a network of great friends among the American Legion, Lions Club, and other organizations he joined.

Leroy loved to be outdoors and spent much of his free time hunting and fishing. In his professional life, he worked for many years at a local bank before launching Rowe Insurance Agency in Greensboro in 1990. Leroy’s interest in banking and insurance was always driven by people. He loved that his work allowed him to meet so many people from the local community and to help them in some way.

Leroy had a big personality, a big heart, and he lived a big life.

In 2010, Leroy and his family received devastating news that he had advanced melanoma. The cancer had already spread to his lymph nodes, and he was told he had only six months to two years to live.

The news was especially heartbreaking for Laura, the youngest of Leroy’s three children. She had always been close with her father. She worked with him at the insurance agency and took over the family business in the late 90’s. Her dad was a daily presence in Laura’s life.

Leroy, Laura, and the rest of the Rowe family were initially overwhelmed by the sudden and devastating diagnosis of a terminal illness. Leroy’s doctor referred him for hospice care, and that was just the help the family needed.

It was very important to Leroy that he remain in his home as his illness progressed. He wanted to be in his own space where he felt comfortable. Laura and her siblings worked out a plan to help care for their father in his final months. With guidance from Leroy’s hospice nurse, they set up a bedroom for him downstairs and learned how to administer care that would keep him comfortable.

“Dad’s hospice nurse, Lisa, was a godsend,” says Laura. “She taught us how to care for Dad and she told us what to expect at every stage of his illness. That was one of the most helpful things about hospice care. We knew what to expect, and we weren’t caught by surprise. Lisa would tell us what was coming and how to handle it, and it gave me and my brother and sister confidence to help Dad in his home.”

Laura says she and her family are grateful to hospice because it gave them more quality time with their dad at the end of his life. Because he was comfortable and felt confident with his care, Leroy was able to enjoy himself and keep his sense of humor right until the end.

“There was one time right before Dad passed when I was trying to help move him into his bed,” says Laura. “I was trying to lift him and we were both struggling and kind of getting frustrated with each other. Finally, I looked at him and said, ‘Listen, old man!’ We both stopped, looked at each other, and burst out laughing. It was so special to share the humor of that moment, and I love that memory.”

Leroy passed away in September of 2010, six months after his diagnosis. Laura and other family members were with him when he passed.

“You know that losing a parent is going to be hard no matter what,” says Laura. “But everything would have been so much harder if we didn’t have help from hospice. I really don’t know what we would have done without them. That’s what I want people to understand…It’s difficult to think about and talk about, but death is part of life. Hospice care makes it so much easier for everyone.”

Laura was so moved by her experience with hospice that she looked for ways to give back. She joined the Board of Directors for Caroline Hospice Foundation and helps raise funds to provide care for other Caroline County families.

“I know firsthand how important it is for a community to have great hospice care,” says Laura. “I want other families to get the same help mine did. Supporting Caroline Hospice Foundation is a true passion of mine.”

If you would like to help local families when they need it the most, please consider making a donation to CHF. Your donation will stay in Caroline County and is 100% tax deductible. A donation to CHF is one of the best ways you can honor life’s journey and help your friends and neighbors.

Christmas Comes Early!

We are already gearing up for our signature event, the annual Festival of Trees!

The 2016 Festival of Trees will kick off on December 1st at 4:00 PM at the Chesapeake Culinary Center with a festive cocktail reception. Hundreds of people will view the stunning trees donated by local organizations and individuals.

The Festival of Trees includes a Holiday Mixer with heavy hors d’ouvres and an open bar with beer and wine.  The event is FREE to attend thanks to our sponsors.

Festival of Trees Holiday Mixer  |  December 1, 2016  |  4:00 – 7:00 PM  |  Chesapeake Culinary Center

We have a limited number of business sponsorships available for this event, and we are accepting sponsorship signups now. Sponsorship levels include:

Santa Sponsor (headline sponsor) – $1,000

  • Recognition in advertising, marketing, and PR materials
  • Special recognition at the reception
  • Poinsettia with your business name

Elf Sponsor (food sponsor) – $500

  • Recognition in the food area
  • Poinsettia with your business name

Reindeer Sponsor (marketing sponsor) – $400

  • Recognition in advertising, marketing, and PR materials
  • Poinsettia with your business name

Cheers Sponsor (beverage sponsor) – $250

  • Recognition in the bar area
  • Poinsettia with your business name

Poinsettia Sponsor – $100

  • Poinsettia with your business name

We will also list all sponsors on our website. If you would like to support Caroline Hospice Foundation by sponsoring the Festival of Trees, please send your check to:

Festival of Trees
c/o Caroline Hospice Foundation
613 S 5th Ave. Denton, MD 21629

If you have any questions about the event or sponsorship, please email us or call us at 410.479.3500.

Ridgely Car Show

Richard Petty PhotoOctober 23, 2016 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Ridgely Car Show is back! This year, the Car Show will be raising money for Caroline Hospice Foundation, along with The Petty Family Foundation and Pink Cares of the Eastern Shore. The Ridgely Car Show is one of the most action-packed events on the Shore! See all years, makes, and models of cars, trucks, and motorcycles in dozens of classes. Legendary driver Richard Petty will be onsite signing autographs from 12:00 – 2:00. The event takes place October 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The entrance gate to the event is located on Sunset Boulevard in downtown Ridgely. The Car Show is FREE for all ages! No advanced registration required. To learn more, please visit the Ridgely Car Show website.

Temple Lodge 128 Donates $5,552 to CHF!

We would like to say a big THANK YOU to Temple Lodge 128 of Denton! The masonic lodge held a car show fundraiser in June to benefit Caroline Hospice Foundation.

The event raised $5,552!

The gentlemen of the lodge approached us about hosting the fundraiser several months ago. They took the initiative to organize, host, and publicize the car show. Their efforts paid off and generated a significant donation that will help families in Caroline County provide peace and comfort to their loved ones in their final days.

Thank you, Temple Lodge 128!

Photo credit: Dustin Holt, Times Record

United Way of Caroline Donates $3,000 to CHF!

We are very pleased to share that United Way of Caroline County included Caroline Hospice Foundation in their 2016 grants to local organizations. We received a $3,000 contribution to help us fulfill our mission of providing care and comfort to residents of Caroline County in their final days.

This donation will allow us to provide the equivalent of 100 days of hospice care for a single patient. We are anticipating a total volume of 10,000 patient days of hospice care in 2016 ($300,000 in total patient care costs).

We are so grateful to the United Way of Caroline County for their generous donation! It truly makes a difference.

If you would like to help us honor life’s journey by providing care to your Caroline County friends and neighbors, please consider making an online donation.