A Note from Within

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 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. These new facilities, as well as our 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 program, 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.

We’ve also hosted a number of special events, all of which are covered in more detail in this issue. On May 3, we held our 33rd Annual Helping Hands Award Dinner honoring First Responders. Center for Hospice Care was proud to top the list of 67 charities participating in Give Local St. Joseph County on May 9. As we do every June, we dedicated memorial items that were donated and installed on our Elkhart Campus. We had phenomenal attendance for our June 13 inaugural Journeys in Healing Exhibition and Silent Art Auction to benefit our After Images Program. On September 17 approximately 900 riders and participants enjoyed great food and fellowship during our 9th annual Bike Michiana for Hospice.

Looking forward, we are thrilled to announce our 34th Helping Hands Award winner, 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 work 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 our bereavement services and programs to all those in the community who have lost a loved one.

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

COO, Hospice Foundation