Expanding the Reach of Care in the Community

When Carroll Hospice’s Dove House opened in 2007, it was the first hospice general inpatient center in Carroll County, with enough space to care for eight patients whose symptoms required more care than could be given in their homes.

Since its opening, more and more families have discovered quality end-of-life care Carroll Hospice provides, and, today, hospice staff cares for nearly 200 patients a day, with Dove House often filled to capacity.

In order to offer more patients the skilled care found at Dove House, a fundraising campaign is in the works for the creation of a new inpatient wing that would increase the number of beds in the facility from eight to 14.

Mark Blacksten

In addition, this $3.5 million initiative would provide funds to continue the important bereavement services hospice provides and help to fund uncompensated care. “It will provide even more services to our wonderful patients and the families that hospice supports,” explains Mark Blacksten, a Carroll Hospital Foundation board member and the project’s fundraising chair. “It’s going to allow the hospice team the opportunity to grow and greatly enhance the already amazing level of caring service that they provide to patients and their families.”

Blacksten, past chair and a member of Carroll Hospice’s Board of Trustees from 2007 to 2016, first learned of Carroll Hospice when seeking bereavement services after a loss in his family in 2001. It wasn’t until about two years ago, when his mother entered the care of Carroll Hospice, that he fully understood the high-touch, compassionate level of service provided by staff and volunteers.

“As a board member, I knew the wonderful things that they did, but until I went through that process as a family member of someone that was going through hospice, I didn’t realize the level of care and kindness that the staff, the volunteers and the hospice family really provided,” Blacksten says. “For the family and for the patient, it’s a very challenging, difficult and emotional time, and the Carroll Hospice team goes above and beyond with compassion, respect and dignity.”

The bereavement services offered are an asset to the entire community. “You really don’t know you need it until you need it,” Blacksten says of the available grief support. “Life is a cycle. Somebody is going to lose a loved one at one point or another, and it’s just wonderful to know that Carroll Hospice and the bereavement team are here to provide that support…It’s an amazing organization that can touch every individual and family.”

Visit CarrollHospice.org to learn more about the planned expansion or to explore making a gift to this crucial project. Memorial opportunities are available by calling 410-871-6200 or emailing foundation@CarrollHospitalCenter.org.

From the Spring 2019 DASH newsletter

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