& Queen Anne's Hospital
Local Hospice Employees Receive Awards
Chester River Home Care & Hospice employees were honored with
a You Make a Difference Award during the Hospice Network of Maryland's
annual dinner held November 9. René Baker, RN, and Gail Rawlings,
Financial Coordinator, were honored for their extraordinary commitment
to the hospice concept and to their hospice patients and families.
Baker has been a hospice nurse for Chester River Home Care & Hospice
from its beginning (founding) in February1997. Previously she worked
for the Kent County Health Department and Kent & Queen Anne's
Hospital. Janet Melson, Executive Director of the local home care
agency, comments, "René brings her non-judgmental attitude,
calmness in crises, compassion and exemplary medical skills to each
of her patients and their families. We often receive comments such
as she 'is perfect for the job' or the 'best nurse I could possibly
have.' The community is fortunate to have such a compassionate and
knowledgeable professional caring for hospice patients. "
Rawlings received an award for her work as a staff person and volunteer
for Kent Hospice Foundation where she worked over five years before
joining Chester River Home Care & Hospice in August. She is known,
among other things, for her self-taught computer expertise in designing
and printing brochures. As a volunteer she is concerned with patients'
needs and goes the extra mile as the need arises.
ready to meet a challenge, she can be counted on to get the job done
and done well. She is the committed, caring, and giving individual
who makes a difference every day in serving the needs of hospice patients
and their families.
Chester River Home Care & Hospice and the Kent Hospice Foundation
work together as partners to care for patients with a life- limiting
illness. Care is provided in the comfort of the patient's own home
and services are based on the individual's needs as directed by their
physician. The home care agency provides clinical services and the
Foundation provides volunteer services and counseling services.
The Hospice Network of Maryland is a nonprofit organization whose
purpose is to promote quality hospice care in Maryland. The Network
is an advocate of the terminally ill and promotes the hospice concept
of providing compassionate, multidisciplinary care to patients and