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Mum’s the Word Fall Luncheon Announced

The Friends of Hospice fundraising auxiliary has announced the 2016 honorees as Rosanne “Ro” Loughmiller and Jan Nalepa. This year’s event will take place on Wednesday, October 19th at the Avalon Manor and is open to the public. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased by contacting Chris Dow at 219-922-2732 or at cdow@hospicecalumet.org.

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Hospice of the Calumet Area Offers Grief Support for Teens

MUNSTER, August 23, 2016 –Hospice of the Calumet Area Healing Hearts program provides counseling through a bereavement support group for teens who have experienced a loss of a loved one, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the death. Teens need to know that they are not alone at this most difficult time in their lives. Healing Hearts offers, at no cost, helpful information, support, and a comfortable atmosphere for sharing feelings and experiences, struggles and triumphs.

The upcoming Teens  workshop series (ages 13-17) will be held on Monday evenings from 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. at  Hospice of the Calumet Area offices located at 600 Superior Avenue in Munster on August 29, September 12, September 26, October 10, October 24 and November 7, 2016.

Topics include Getting to Know You and Your Loved One, Dealing with Feelings, Understanding My Feelings, Remembering, Coping with Change and Moving On.

For additional information and to register, please contact Dorothy Poma at dpoma@hospicecalumet.org by phone at 219.922.2732 or 708.895.8332.

Delta Theta Tau Sorority, Zeta Omega Chapter honors Hospice of the Calumet Area

Photo Caption: [Front Row L to R] Sorority Sisters with Hospice of the Calumet Area representative, Janet Sikorski, Maria Diaz, Jenifer Okamura, Mary Seiber and Barb Bashman. [Back Row L to R] Maria Dedinsky, Nancy Almason, Jana Maric, Dorie Lakich and Millie Rodriguez.

Photo Caption: [Front Row L to R] Sorority Sisters with Hospice of the Calumet Area representative, Janet Sikorski, Maria Diaz, Jenifer Okamura, Mary Seiber and Barb Bashman. [Back Row L to R] Maria Dedinsky, Nancy Almason, Jana Maric, Dorie Lakich and Millie Rodriguez.

Merrillville, August 22, 2016 – Hospice of the Calumet Area was one of the organizations recognized by the Delta Theta Tau Sorority, Zeta Omega Chapter at the Sorority’s 10th Annual Purse Auction and Luncheon held on Sunday, August 14, at Innsbrook Country Club in Merrillville.   The event was attended by nearly 130 individuals who came out for a lively and fashionable event in support of Delta Theta Tau’s philanthropic endeavors. The event this year raised $9,000.

The Zeta Omega Chapter based out of Highland, Indiana, has planned and executed various fundraisers over the years with the goal of supporting worthy organizations or families in need.  At the event the Sorority presented Hospice of the Calumet Area with a contribution of $1,000 towards the support they provide to hospice patients and their families.  “We think it is really important to contribute to this wonderful organization. One of our sorority sisters called upon Hospice of the Calumet Area to care for her mother.  After her mother passed, she couldn’t say enough about the care her mother received, as well as the phone calls and comfort she received from the organization as a loved one,” explains Sorority member Maria Diaz.

Whether it is family in need who experienced a house fire, support for an individual with a terminal illness, or feeding the hungry, Delta Theta Tau is there to help.  Through a special sisterhood, they come together to give back and make a difference in their Northwest Indiana community.

 ABOUT HOSPICE OF THE CALUMET AREA

For 35 years, Hospice of the Calumet Area has provided expert care to individuals and families living in Northwest Indiana and neighboring Illinois communities. A not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life through compassionate care for individuals and families facing a life-limiting illness, Hospice of the Calumet Area cherishes life without regard to age, gender, nationality, race, creed, sexual orientation, disability, diagnosis or financial status.

ABOUT DELTA THETA TAU, ZETA OMEGA CHAPTER

Delta Theta Tau is a national women’s organization founded in 1903 by five high school girls in Muncie, Indiana, for the advancement of philanthropy and the assistance of others.  With 47 chapters throughout the United States, the Sorority is comprised of six divisions: National Council, Board of Trustees, Provinces, Chapters, Alumnae Associations, and Members–At-Large. The Zeta Omega Chapter is based out of Highland, Indiana, with members from surrounding Lake County towns.  Delta Theta Tau is an important part of its members’ lives, offering an opportunity to better the communities where they live, as well as provide lasting friendships and a spirit of true sisterhood among its members.

 

Hospice of the Calumet Area Elects New Board President

[L to R] Hospice of the Calumet Area Executive Director Adrianne May and outgoing Board President David Nellans with incoming Board President, Dr. Linda Delunas.

[L to R] HCA Executive Director Adrianne May and outgoing Board President David Nellans with incoming Board President, Dr. Linda Delunas.

MUNSTER, August 2, 2016 –The Board of Directors of Hospice of the Calumet Area is pleased to announce the election of its next Board President.  Linda Delunas PhD, RN, CNE, is a Professor and Director of the School of Nursing as well as the Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Services, at Indiana University Northwest.  Dr. Delunas has served as Vice President and Secretary of Hospice of the Calumet Area’s Board and also lends her talents to the Quality Management and Corporate Compliance Committees.

Dr. Delunas is an expert in her field, securing numerous research grants and fellowships, as well as having been awarded several academic honors which most recently include the Elizabeth M. Lion Award for Distinguished University Service, Indiana University School of Nursing W. George Pinnell Award for Outstanding Service and the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Outstanding Service Activity Award.

Dr. Delunas follows Board President David Nellans who has provided Board service to Hospice of the Calumet Area for the past 22 years and was active on the committee that oversaw the initial building of the William J. Riley Memorial Residence, as well as the two room addition in 2004.

Adrianne May, Hospice of the Calumet Area Executive Director states, “As President of the Board, we are confident that Dr. Delunas will continue to lead Hospice of the Calumet Area on its path of excellence, providing the best care in the region to individuals and families experiencing a life-limiting illness.”

Hospice of the Calumet Area Powered by the Strength of its Community

Spring 2016

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HCA Canine Companion, Zach, sits with Stan Peters, providing comfort at his wife, Cindy’s funeral service.

Founded in 1981, Hospice of the Calumet Area started as a grassroots volunteer effort.  Since then, our volunteer tradition continues with a strong corps that works in every aspect of the organization. In our 35 years of operation we have cared for over 17,500 individuals in their homes through Hospice and our free Transitions™ program, as well as 3,900 patients at the William J. Riley Memorial Residence.  Volunteers have been with us every step of the way!

Last year alone we had 446 volunteers working on our behalf: 130 active Hospice and Transitions™ volunteers, 209 Friends of Hospice members, 75 Hospice Artisans, 30 Board Members and two Caring Canines.  Men and women, young and old, humans and dogs, they all make up a diverse team of remarkable volunteers who help us accomplish our mission.  In 2015, our hospice program volunteer hours increased by 5.25% for total hours of 13,067 and a cost savings of $301,450! One of our most beloved volunteer programs is Caring Canines.  These incredible dogs, along with their handlers, provide invaluable companionship to patients who welcome the company of an animal.  Stan and Cindy Peters enjoyed many years of companionship from their loving Golden Retrievers. They were happy to learn that Hospice of the Calumet Area offered a Canine Companion program when Cindy enrolled in Hospice care – and they were thrilled to find out the visiting canine would be Zach, a Golden Retriever!

Zach’s handler, Ginny, is a licensed Aesthetician as well as a trained Companion Volunteer.  While Ginny gave Cindy a manicure, Stan and Zach would enjoy playtime.  Each time Ginny called to confirm the weekly visit, Cindy would light up in anticipation. Stan explains, “Just petting Zach would cause Cindy to relax and smile; he brought her sunshine.” Together, Ginny and Zach provided much comfort and joy on their visits to Cindy and Stan.

But Ginny and Zach’s service didn’t end when Cindy passed. Ginny called Stan and offered to bring Zach to the funeral service. Stan was touched by this offer and obtained the funeral home’s permission. For the entire service, Zach laid on the floor next to Stan’s seat. At one point, Stan extended his hand down toward the dog, and Zach put his paw in Stan’s hand. Stan says he knew it was a sign. As Stan addressed the family and friends who had come to pay their respects and say their goodbyes to his love, he let them all know that Zach had served as Cindy’s loyal therapy dog. But on that day, Zach was there for Stan.

Every bit of the 13,607 hours of volunteer work provided is valuable. No matter what task a volunteer may undertake on our behalf, it is part of the whole that leads to our success . . . and our success means improving the quality of life for the individuals and families in our care, our community.

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16th Annual Cookie Walk

Queen Elizabeth praises Hospice Artisans in letter

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Hospice of the Calumet Area staff and volunteers, front row from left, Shirl Pawlowski, Barbara Bame and Howard Bame, and back row, Theresa Mudd and Adrianne May, look over a letter received from Balmoral Castle on behalf of Queen Elizabeth thanking the Hospice Artisans for the gift of a writing folio featuring the Queen’s coronation picture.

MUNSTER | The Hospice Artisans, a group comprised of more than 50 volunteers who create and sell unique handcrafted items to support the work of Hospice of the Calumet Area, recently received a “thank you” letter from Queen Elizabeth’s Lady-in-Waiting Susan Hussey.

At the Queen’s direction, Lady Susan Hussey wrote from Balmoral Castle to thank the Hospice Artisans for a gift of a handmade writing folio and to congratulate the artisans for their work in generating $175,000 for Hospice of the Calumet Area.

Artisan volunteer Shirl Pawlowski came up with the idea of sending a gift to Great Britain’s monarch to commemorate the 60th anniversary of her coronation. “The writing folio with the Queen’s coronation picture is one of our most popular products. It just seemed natural to send a copy to the Queen herself,” Pawlowski said.

Friends of Hospice President Theresa Mudd added, “We all thought it was a very nice idea to send a gift to the Queen, but we never expected to be honored with a response from a high-ranking royal official.” Hussey has been one of the Queen’s ladies-in-waiting for more than 50 years and is also one of Prince William’s godmothers.

Hospice of the Calumet Area has served end-of-life needs of local families since 1981. Most Hospice patients are cared for in their homes. In addition, a residential facility is available in Munster when in-home care is not possible.

Press Release: 3/13/2013 – National Healthcare Decisions Day Set for April 16

Press Release: 1/23/2013 – Training for Patient Companion Volunteers Announced

Lydia Dershewitz named Munster Rotary Woman of the Year for 2012!

Lydia Dershewitz came to NW Indiana 13 years ago from Boston, MA. Since then she embraced her community and has been an inspiration to Munster, IN with all of her volunteer work at Hospice of the Calumet Area.

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Lydia Dershewitz (r), Munster Rotary Woman of the Year 2012 is shown with current Friends of Hospice (FOH) President Theresa Mudd (l) and Candice Logue.

15th Annual Cookie Walk, 12/1/2012