Hospice Foundation


A Note From Within

Finding Yourself by Serving Others


What a summer! So much has happened in the life of the Hospice Foundation that it’s hard to summarize in a few short paragraphs. In our last issue of Crossroads, we provided detailed information on our five-year, $10 million comprehensive campaign. We shared the drivers for this campaign, and underscored our need to prepare for the future of the organization and the needs of the community. In this issue, we’re excited to share the tremendous progress we’ve made toward meeting our financial goals.

Since we began the quiet phase of the campaign just over three years ago, we’ve worked with generous supporters who believe in the vital work of this organization, and who are committed to ensuring our long-term
impact. To all of them, we say a sincere and heartfelt “thank you.” We’ve also seen a steady increase in construction and other costs that has created a greater sense of urgency for us to raise the funds necessary to break ground on the new hospice house and clinical staff building. With a bit of additional philanthropic support, we hope to be in a position to do so next spring. Completing these new facilities, as well as achieving other campaign priorities, will help us continue to improve the quality of living in our community well into the future.

Speaking of serving the community, our cover story features Kayla Herget, MD, who is the first Fellow to participate in the Vera Z. Dwyer Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, at the Indiana University School of Medicine. A generous $1.75 million gift from the Vera Z. Dwyer Charitable Trust includes a $1 million matching grant to permanently fund the Dwyer Fellowship. This funding will underwrite the Fellowship training of one physician each year to become board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. I think you’ll enjoy learning about this compassionate doctor, as well as reading more about the Fellowship Program and Vera Z. Dwyer. 

Looking forward, we are thrilled to announce our 34th Helping Hands Award recipient, who will be honored on May 2, 2018. In the words of Mahatma Ghandi, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others,” and this special individual has been serving our community for more than 60 years – but you’ll have to read ahead to find out who it is! 

A tremendous amount of great work has been accomplished, but there is still so much more to be done to support our patients, their families and our community. We cannot thank you enough for your ongoing support that enables us to deliver on our mission “to improve the quality of living,” to care for patients – regardless of their ability to pay – and to continue to offer bereavement services and programs to all those in the community who have lost loved ones. 

At the Hospice Foundation and Center for Hospice Care, we strive to lose ourselves in service to the community – we hope you will continue to join us.



Michael J. Wargo
Chief Operating Officer

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