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CHC Honors Recipient of the 2017 John E. Krueger, MD, Hospice Caring Award and Volunteers

In Honor of National Volunteer Week
April 23-29, 2017

Celebrating the Heart of our Hospice Volunteers

To celebrate the vital role that volunteers play in providing compassionate care, Center for Hospice Care (CHC) will host a Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on Tuesday, April 18 to honor our volunteers and the recipient of the 2017 John E. Krueger, MD, Hospice Caring Award.

This event recognizes those volunteers who share their time and talents to make sure that people in our community who are at the end of life’s journey find comfort, support and peace so that they can live every moment of life to the fullest. A highlight of the luncheon is the presentation of the John E. Krueger, MD, Hospice Caring Award.

The John E. Krueger, MD, Hospice Caring Award was initiated in 1994 and awarded to the man whose name it bears for his years of devoted volunteer service. John E. Krueger, MD passed away February 15, 2015 at the age of 93. He was compassionate and conscientious, loving, generous and kind. He led a purposeful life of service.  This award is given annually to a volunteer who exemplifies his commitment. The 2017 recipient is Kathy Fuchs, a 7-year volunteer from the South Bend area.

Kathy received two nominations from staff this year, as well as nominations for the past several years. “Kathy is dedicated and dependable, she truly does make a difference in the South Bend office,” expressed Billie Johnson, a former CHC employee. Kathy helps provide respite to patients and also completed CHC’s Dementia Support volunteer training in 2011. She has worked countless hours in the office and has been a very committed 11th Hour volunteer since 2009. She has a positive attitude; is detail oriented, and believes in the hospice philosophy. During her seven years of service, Kathy has completed over 1700 service hours and driven over 1800 miles for CHC. Debra Mayfield, South Bend Volunteer Coordinator, sums it up best when she says, “Kathy is an excellent mentor and example to other volunteers; she is a delight to work with in all aspects of the agency.”

Other Center for Hospice Care volunteers receiving special recognition include:

5-Year Volunteers

Ann Bowers

Becky Kaufman

Darlene Pugh

Diane Huwaldt

Emilia Hartland

Jim Camren

John Guyse

Juliane Zenk

Kathy Schlegelmilch

Tara Eary

10-Year Volunteers

Anna Riblet

Denise Conery

Jim Rahilly

Kathleen Hojnacki

Marsha Pullman

Mary Kerby

Mary Pius Schreiner

Rebecca Lanning

Rob Firestone

15-Year Volunteers

Betty Urbanski

Bob Urbanski

Dan Shuppert

Hubert Kuzmich

Joan Fitt

Nancy Whipple

Vera Tiani

20-Year Volunteers

Becky Donahue

Marlene Taylor

Sandra Maichen

Center for Hospice Care Unveils Expansion Plan
Center for Hospice Care Announces 2017 Board of Directors


Center for Hospice Care’s 2017 Board of Directors is as follows:  Board Chair is Wendell Walsh, May Oberfell Lober; Vice Chair is Mary Newbold, Community Leader; Treasurer is Lori Turner, Beacon Health System; Secretary is Carol Walker, MSN, RNC-NIC, Saint Joseph Health System, and Amy Kuhar Mauro, 1st Source Bank, is the Immediate Past Chair. The remaining members of the 2017 Board of Directors are:  Ann Firth, Jesse Hsieh, MD, Anna Milligan, Tim Portolese, Suzanne Weirick and Jennifer Ewing, RN, MSN, NP-C, AOCNP.



Donuts with Santa

It's that time of year when Center for Hospice Care staff and their children, grandchildren, neices and nephews get to spend the morning with Santa. The morning features games, crafts, pictures with Santa and of course, delicious donuts. 

Global Partners in Care Has a New Home

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is proud to announce that its affiliate, Global Partners in Care, a non-profit organization consisting of partnerships committed to supporting hospice and palliative care organizations in developing countries, will become an affiliate of the Hospice Foundation, headquartered in South Bend, Indiana. The Hospice Foundation is the supporting foundation for Center for Hospice Care. CHC is one of Global Partners in Care’s most successful partner programs; they have worked with the Palliative Care Association of Uganda since 2008.

Donuts with Santa

It's that time of year when Center for Hospice Care staff and their children, grandchildren, neices and nephews get to spend the morning with Santa. The morning features games, crafts, pictures with Santa and of course, delicious donuts. 

Know Who You Are Supporting -- Beware of Scams

Pay attention to which hospice group is soliciting your support. Some are not located in our area.

Center for Hospice Care, headquartered in South Bend, serves eight area counties. Hospice Foundation is the supporting foundation for Hospice Care. It conducts two mail campaigns annually, soliciting financial contributions. No solicitations are done by phone.

All money raised stays in that service area and is used for patient care. This business has an A+ rating with Better Business Bureau.

Hospice Support Foundation of Merrifield, Va., also solicits by direct mail. A request for contributions may appear to be local as the appeal names each area being solicited, such as Elkhart, South Bend, Plymouth and more.

Funds collected for the Hospice Support Fund supports only New Hope Foundation. New Hope Foundation chooses not to disclose any information to the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. This business has no BBB rating because it offers services which are outside the scope of BBB evaluations, according to the Better Business Bureau serving Metro Washington, D.C., and eastern Pennsylvania.

Because the names are similar, financial supporters sometimes find they have made a contribution to one, but really meant it for the other. For this reason we say don’t confuse one with the other. It is important to know what your money is or is not supporting.

Thirty-first Walk for Hospice gets 'heroic' new theme

Thank you to all who came out and supported our 31st Walk for Hospice, which took on a new theme this year: Heroes for Hospice Fun Run & Walk. 

Veterans Memorial Groundbreaking at Center for Hospice Care

The memorial is an outgrowth of CHC's commitment to providing compassionate care to veterans facing serious, life-limiting illness. CHC is part of the “We Honor Veterans” campaign, a collaboration between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. As President/CEO, Mark Murray notes, “more than a quarter of the people dying in the United States today are veterans. Nationally, some 1,800 veterans die each day, and our goal is to address their end-of-life needs, to serve them as they have served us.”

Center for Hospice Care Announces New Board Member in 2016

Jennifer Ewing, RN, MSN, NP-C, AOCNP has been elected to the 2016 Board of Directors at Center for Hospice Care. Ewing is the Clinical Operations Officer (COO) at Michiana Hematology Oncology, PC.  She is a Certified Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Certified Advanced Oncology Nurse Practitioner by Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Mary’s College and Masters of Science in Nursing-Adult Nurse Practitioner Program from Ball State University.