It’s one of the biggest myths that Carroll Hospital’s palliative care nurses face: the belief that palliative care is the same as hospice care.
Earlier this year, my mother-in-law, Sandy, died of injuries she sustained in a traumatic fall. The simple task of transferring from her bed to her wheelchair, as she had done hundreds of times before, resulted in a fall causing a brain bleed early one May morning.
Each year, six individuals and organizations are named as Hospice Heroes at Taste of Carroll for going above and beyond in providing excellent care to patients and their families or supporting Carroll Hospice in a meaningful way.
Carroll Hospice is pleased to announce our 2019 Hospice Heroes:
Jill Englar, Carroll Hospice director of support services
Jill Englar, L.C.S.W.-C., has been with Carroll Hospice since the inception of the program. A social worker by training, Jill helped to define the work of the supportive services team members to consistently promote a personalized patient family experience of care. Jill is presently the director of bereavement and volunteer services and continues to broaden our support of the community in innovative ways.
Pamela Naumann, Carroll Hospice liaison
Pam Naumann, R.N., is a 20-year Carroll Hospice veteran. She is known for always doing what needs to be done for patients and those who love them. She is extremely generous with her personal time to accommodate special needs and requests, and she never misses an opportunity to educate (anyone who will listen) on the value of hospice. Presently, Pam works as our hospital liaison. She is often the first face of Carroll Hospice, and she is a wonderful ambassador for our program.
Laura Welty, Carroll Hospice manager of performance improvement
Laura Welty, R.N., is a long-term Carroll Hospice employee. She has worked as both a direct care provider across care settings and as a manager for the organization. Laura is our resident expert on regulations and compliance, for which she is entitled to carry a big stick. She, however, is known for her gentle nature, flexibility and her fierce patient family advocacy. Laura is the heart of Carroll Hospice.
Robin and Shirlyn Ford, owners of Robin Ford Building & Remodeling, Inc.
Robin and Shirlyn Ford have been significant contributors to the Taste of Carroll and Carroll Hospice since 2001. A member of the Carroll Hospice Board of Trustees, Shirlyn has been a member of the Taste of Carroll planning committee for the past 20 years, and the beautiful table handcrafted by Robin from reclaimed barn wood for this year’s Taste of Carroll silent auction is yet another great example of the heart for hospice this couple has and demonstrates their steadfast generosity.
Robbin Nolen, Carroll Hospice volunteer
Robbin has been a volunteer for Carroll Hospice since 1997 and 3 years ago completed a specialized certification to become a hospice doula. Robbin has a special way of honoring people’s lives while ushering them into the next life. Her heart for service is unparalleled. She is moved by each families’ grief journey, and she is humbled by helping them process their loss. Robbin has volunteered at Camp T.R. for 15 years and adores the children she walks side-by-side with them.
In addition, this year marks the 20th Taste of Carroll that Robbin has been proud to be part of planning.
Karen Feroli, past executive director Carroll Hospice (posthumous)
In 2007, the year of the grand opening of the Dove House, Karen was the leader of the project and the team that set up the very unique, personalized, special Carroll Hospice care that continues today. Karen had a “hospice heart” in everything that she did, and she exuded a love for the patients, the staff and the community that will never be forgotten. She would often say it is “their house” when referring to the families Carroll Hospice served and their time at the Dove House.
Holding a photograph of Karen are, from left to right, Karen’s sister, Kathy Robinson; Karen’s mother, Dorothy Kappes; and Karen’s daughter Katelyn Graham.
Our congratulations and sincerest thanks go to all of our Hospice Heroes for the care and support they provide to our patients and families!
When John Middleton, M.D., joined Carroll Hospice in November 2016, he split his time between guiding our mission and caring for his own patients at his Carroll County family medicine practice. Now, after 35 years as a primary care provider, Dr. Middleton is retiring from his practice to become Carroll Hospice’s first full-time medical director.