November 2, 2011
No one likes to think about advanced illness but it's something most of us will have to face eventually. There's an incredible resource in our community that provides comfort, dignity and respect to all those coping with a complex illness. It's Hospice of the Chesapeake. November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, a time to reach out to our community to raise awareness about the compassionate care that Hospice of the Chesapeake provides. One of the most important messages we convey is that hospice care helps patients and families focus on living.
May 20, 2011
Fragrant white roses and flickering candlelight put the finishing touches on the intimate 50th-anniversary dinner for Claudette and Darrel "Whitey" Hoover. Enlarged portraits of the longtime Howard County couple on their March 3, 1961, wedding day and on other special occasions graced the room. Framed family photos were arranged next to the crystal-and-china place settings, all of which had been hastily transferred from the Hoovers' Woodstock home to a conference table at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson.
February 1, 2011
Construction already has begun on the new 10-bed inpatient Gilchrist hospice facility in Harmony Hall Assisted Living in the Howard County Health Park. A “demolition party” - where a wall was ceremoniously broken down within Harmony Hall to be replaced by the facility's entranceway - was held Oct. 27. “Howard County patients and their families, as well as local government and community leaders, have advocated for many years for an inpatient presence within Howard County,” said Lori Mulligan, director of development and marketing at Gilchrist's Hunt Valley facility.
December 28, 2010
Death and dying are not easy topics to talk about, but discussing them with your doctor is a good idea. That, in brief, is what new Medicare regulations set to go into effect Jan. 1 are saying. The rules allow doctors to get reimbursed for holding voluntary end-of-life discussions with patients during annual checkups. Not so long ago such end of life discussions were pilloried by Republicans and a few Democrats as a precursor to "death panels" — groups supposedly created by the health care reform legislation being considered at the time that would decide whether the elderly or infirm should be able to get needed medical care.
November 4, 2010
Former Tigers and Reds manager Sparky Anderson , 76, has been placed in hospice care at his Thousand Oaks, Calif., home for complications resulting from dementia. Anderson's family said in a statement Wednesday that they appreciate the support and kindness that friends and fans have shown throughout the Hall of Famer's career and retirement. No further details were released. •After being passed over for the Cubs' managerial job, Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg will not be back with the organization next season, declining an invitation to return to manager at Triple-A Iowa.
August 3, 2010
When the debilitating cell disease that had plagued their daughter since birth began last year to stop her heart for several minutes at a time, Dawn and Stephen Murphy turned to home hospice care. Hospice helped with both the practical and emotional aspects of caring for a 6-year-old child with a terminal illness. Hospice nurses made sure Kayla was comfortable in her Havre de Grace home. Counselors helped the parents cope with the possibility of death. "We don't want her to be in a sterile hospital environment," said Kayla's mom, Dawn.
April 6, 2010
Roberta L. "Bobbie" Himes, a registered nurse who specialized in hospice care and had served as director of nursing at Joseph Richey Hospice before joining the Peace Corps, died of multiple myeloma Friday at her Catonsville home. She was 73. Roberta Louise McCleary was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Silver Spring, where she graduated in 1954 from Montgomery Blair High School. After graduating from the Union Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1957, she married Thomas Edmund Himes, a mechanical engineer.
April 1, 2010
Archbishop William D. Borders has entered hospice care, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Baltimore said Wednesday. Borders, 96, spiritual leader of the archdiocese from 1974 to 1989, has been diagnosed with colon cancer. He moved recently from the Mercy Ridge retirement community in Lutherville to the Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien has asked area Catholics for prayers. - Baltimore Sun staff
January 24, 2010
On January 19, 2010, EMMA M. (nee Reimsnider) JOHENNING, age 90, beloved sister of Irma Spear; mother of Patricia Johenning; grandmother of Ian LaFleur; aunt of four nieces and one nephew; great-aunt of three grand-nieces and five grand-nephews, and great-grand aunt of one, as well as many loving family and friends. She is also survived by son, Raymond L. Johenning, Jr., and grandchildren, Steven, Laura and Kevin. She was preceded in death by loving husband, Raymond L. Johenning, Sr.; beloved sister Gertrude Smith and beloved daughter Mary LaFleur.
January 6, 2010
On January 3, 2010 Emma P.D. Mullineaux A Graveside Service will be held at Parkwood Cemetery on Monday, January 11 at 11:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Emma's name may be made to either Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care, 11311 McCormick Road, Suite 350, Hunt Valley, MD 21031 or St. Michaels Lutheran Church, 9534 Belair Road, Putty Hill, MD 21236. www.ruckfuneralhomes.com