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Friday, May 31, 2013 - Carroll County Children’s Fund Recognized for $25,000 Gift to Carroll Hospice

CONTACT: Simone Lindsay, 410-871-6836
SLindsay@CarrollHospitalCenter.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Westminster, Md. (May 31, 2013) — Members of the Carroll County Children’s Fund were recognized by Carroll Hospice’s Board of Trustees on May 20 for their $25,000 gift to Carroll Hospice. The gift was made to assist in funding the child life specialist position for the pediatric palliative care program called C.A.R.E.S. (Children’s Advanced Relief, Encouragement and Support).  C.A.R.E.S. is a collaboration between Carroll Hospice and Carroll Home Care.

Karl Green, M.D., president of the Carroll County Children’s Fund Board, as well as Nancy Hockensmith and Dorothy Taylor, Carroll County Children’s Fund Board members, were publically recognized for the gift, made in April, during the Carroll Hospice Board of Trustees’ May meeting.

The child life specialist for the C.A.R.E.S. program is responsible for providing education and support to children with a terminal or chronic condition, and their family.  The child life specialist serves as a navigator for the child and his or her family members by helping them to understand the child’s condition and also acts as a liaison with the child’s physician and palliative care team.

The C.A.R.E.S. program provides chronically ill children with medical, physical and emotional support services in the comfort of their home.  It involves an interdisciplinary team of professionals including pediatricians, nurses, a child life specialist and social workers, who work together to design an individualized palliative care plan to address a patient’s needs.  For more information on the C.A.R.E.S. program, please call 410-871-8000. 

Carroll Home Care and Carroll Hospice, affiliates of Carroll Hospital Center, are non-profit organizations that provide home care and hospice services to the Carroll, Frederick and Baltimore County communities. For more information, please contact Adriane Morrow at 410-871-7238.

Photo caption:  Pictured from left to right are Mark Blacksten, chair of the Carroll Hospice Board of Trustees; Karl Green, M.D., president of the Carroll County Children's Fund Board; Nancy Hockensmith, Carroll County Children’s Fund Board member; Dorothy Taylor, Carroll County Children’s Fund Board member; and Diane Link, R.N., executive director of Carroll Home Care and Carroll Hospice.

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