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Children's Grief Camp is June 23 and 24

April 27, 2016

The third annual Sarah's Heart Bereavement Camp for Kids will be June 23 and June 24. This camp is for ages 6 to 12 who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life — a parent, sibling, grandparent or other family member within the last two years.
Camp offers the opportunity to remember loved ones, develop grief skillls and enjoy camp experiences. The camp is staffed by certified/licensed professionals and volunteers of Heritage Hospice, Inc.
A family grief support night is 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 23, at Heritage Hospice, 120 Enterprise Drive, Danville. Join us for pizza and complete your camp applications, ask questions about camp and discuss grief issues.
On Friday, June 24, the campers and staff will be a Camp Horsin' Around 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $10 and scholarships are available. Please register by June 13.
For more information, contact Leshia Derringer at 859-236-2425.

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Spouse Loss Support Group set

March 15, 2016

Heritage Hospice will offer a six-week Spouse Loss Support Group for individuals who have lost a spouse or significant. The group will meet 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, April 13 through May 18, at Heritage Hospice, 120 Enterprise Drive, Danville. Call Leshia Derringer, bereavement counselor, at 859-236-2425 to register.
Thanks to everyone for supporting Blue Jean Ball

April 25, 2016

Thanks to everyone who attend this year's event. We had a great time.

We hope this video, which lists all of the great sponsors for this year's event at the end, sheds some light on the work we do.

Thanks so the many businesses who supported this year's event. We all enjoyed a great auction, delicious food from Chaplin River Caterers and Sweets by Cindy and music by DJ Tim Estes. Auction items included: 1. A four-night stay for two at a bed and breakfast in Texas Hill Country of Boerne, TX, 30 minutes north of San Antonio. The $1,000 package includes a wine tasting and a dinner for two served in your casa or with the owners and a $25 gift card for the winery store and nearby restaurants. ($75 at a nearby grill and $50 for breakfast and lunch places.) 2. A 50-inch RCA HDTV donated by Corning, Inc., which is known for creating Gorilla glass used on iPhones and iPads. 3. A drop-off barbecue dinner for 30 from Lucky Dog, owned by Brad and Cindy Simmons. 4. A High Tea for 8 at Halcomb’s Knob in Paint Lick, owned by Deborah Messenger. 5. A wine tasting for 10 from Old Crow Inn, owned by Andre and Linda Brousseau. 6. A 12 by 12 room painted by Patrick Cooper. Paint is provided and an hour of decorating advice from Wendy Todd. 7. A two-night weekend stay at the Griffin Gate Mariott and coupon for $50 off of $100 at Bluegrass Hospitality Group’s restaurants (Malone’s, Aqua, Harry’s, Sal’s and Drake’s.) 8. A David Farmer painting with the vivid greens of summer.< 9. A package for the Breakout Games in Lexington donated by Dr. Jon and Jan Walz. The Breakout Games offer a real-life escape room adventure for a small group. The auction package can be use for a group of four people to try two different adventures or a group of eight. Before or after the escape, enjoy a $100 gift certificate at PF Chang's. 10. A package from Mega Caverns in Louisville that provides chance to explore the man-made caverns in 17 miles under the city. Visitors learn about geology, mining and history. The package includes a tram tour, mega zipline, mega quest, bike park and electric bike tour. 11. A two-night stay at any state park. 12. A catered dinner for six from Tisha Bristow of Cliffview Catering either at Cliffview or in the home. 13. A patio pond with bamboo fountain, lighting, landscaping and a one-year koi membership by H20 Designs, owned by Jeff Duggins. Many businesses are sponsoring this event.
The Platinum level sponsors are: Community Trust Bank, Stith Funeral Home, United Structural Systems and Whitaker Bank.
Gold level sponsors are: Atmos Energy, Farmers National Bank, Fort Knox Federal Credit Union, Good Neighbor Pharmacy, LGE-KU, Kentucky Trust Co., and New Moon Medical.
Silver level sponsors are: Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home, Heritage Hospice Medical Director Dr. Rebecca Chatham, Heritage Hospice Associate Medical Director Dr. Colin Raitiere, Grogan’s Healthcare Supply, Passport Health Plan, Preston-Pruitt-Spurlin Funeral Home, Ransdell Funeral Home, Spectra Energy, Spurlin Funeral Home in Lancaster, Spurlin Funeral Home in Stanford, Stuart Powell Ford-Lincoln-Mazda and The Medicine Shoppe.
Bronze level sponsors are: AGE Engineering Services, Fox and Friend Funeral Homes, Central Kentucky Federal Savings Bank, Collins Respiratory, Enclara Pharmacia, First Southern National Bank, McKnight Funeral Home & Monument Co., PBK Bank, Powell-Walton-Milward Insurance, Sims Funeral Services and Smith-Jackson Funeral Home. Many businesses in the four-county area served by Heritage Hospice donated items for the silent auction. Guests can bid on haircuts and hair products, massages, restaurant coupons, family fun such as trip to amusement parks and zoos.

Dr. Chatham named Medical Director

February 1, 2016

Dr. Rebecca Chatham is Heritage Hospice, Inc.’s Medical Director. Chatham, who served as part-time Associate Medical Director for two years, is switching roles with Dr. Colin Raitiere. In addition to being Heritage Hospice’s Associate Medical Director, Dr. Raitiere will serve as Palliative Services Medical Director. "I’m stepping into a position created and honed by Dr. Raitiere over the past five years. I am grateful to have this opportunity and looking forward to fulfilling this need in our community. I believe that working in end-of-life care is a calling and much more than just a job,” says Dr. Chatham, who was in practice at Family Medicine Clinic of Danville since 2007. “I'd also like to thank the medical and patient communities for their support in this undertaking." Janelle Wheeler, Heritage Hospice’s executive director, says the Heritage Hospice, which provides end-of-life care in Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer counties, will benefit by Dr. Chatham’s expertise and by having Dr. Raitiere assist and take the reins for Heritage Palliative Services. “We are very pleased to have Dr. Chatham to join us as full-time Medical Director. She has been an asset to our program and we look forward to continuing our work with her in this role. We are also pleased that Dr. Raitiere will continue to serve in an Associate Medical Director role at hospice along with his new role as the Medical Director of Heritage Palliative Services, a new program that will soon be available to our community.” Chatham graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and pre-professional studies. She then returned home to attend Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, graduating in 2004. In 2007 she completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Louisville/Glasgow-Barren County Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Chatham is board certified through the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Chatham is married to Dennis, and they have four children. They live in Boyle County.
Jewelry store donates to Heritage Hospice

February 12, 2016

From left, B&L Jewelers owner Bob Mounce, and Mounce's daughter, Lauren Mounce, right, presented a $1,000 check to Wendy Hellard, Heritage Hospice's Director of Volunteer Services, for the nonprofit that serves Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer counties. The jewelry store in Danville Manor Shopping Center sold 100 pairs of pearl earrings for $5 each during the holidays and then matched the sales by $500 to benefit the volunteer department.
Heritage Hospice volunteers are an important part of the end of life care the organization provides. Volunteers stay with patients and allow the caregivers to leave the home for a couple of hours a week. Volunteers also perform clerical work at the office. Volunteer trained in March 19. The next training is Sept. 10. Anyone who is interested may call Hellard or Maureen Draut at 859-236-2425.
Music therapy improves communication

January 4, 2016

Heritage Hospice social worker Cathy Reeser plays Randy Travis’ “Forever and Ever Amen” for patient James Davis. Reeser and other social workers use music to increase communication with their patients.

Editor's Note: Mr. James Davis died Feb. 4, 2016.

When Ruby Daniels’ mother was in hospice care, she came to visit her and wanted to show her the guitar she recently had started learning to play. “It was remarkable what happened. She was excited about it. She was engaged about it. She sat up and we had conversation about it.”
Even though Daniels had been playing only a month, her mother wanted to hear her perform. “I just remember the look on her face. The joy that it brought her and I knew that there should be more music shared,” says Daniels, an international health care researcher from San Antonio, Texas.
On the flip side, no one ever suggested playing music when her father was near the end of life. “He was in a nursing home environment. Staff was more stressed. I don’t fault them at all but it wasn’t presented as an option.”
After she saw the effect music had on her mother’s outlook, Daniels decided to study the use of music in hospice care. As a researcher, Daniels focuses on teaching others how to apply studies to their work. Heritage Hospice’s social workers and chaplains were trained to use music with patients. Her paper, titled “Where Words Fail, Music Speaks: A Mixed Method Study of an Evidence-Based Music Protocol for Hospice Social Workers,” has been recommended for publication in the Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work. The published article can be read by clicking here
Cathy Reeser, a Heritage Hospice social worker and also a guitar player, says music definitely helps her form connections with patients. Even before Daniels’ visit, Reeser had witnessed a few breakthroughs with patients. For one woman who had been active in church, Reeser played “Amazing Grace.” The patient was not communicative and never opened her eyes but she sang the chorus.
It’s important to discover the genre of music that a patient identifies with. Reeser uses country music to increase communication with James Davis, a patient who had played in a country music band. Davis may be sound asleep, but when Randy Travis starts singing “Forever and Ever Amen,” a smile crosses his faces and he sings.
“He has sang the chorus every time I play it. It’s one that he really likes. It gets his foot tapping,” says Reeser, noting that she has gotten similar responses when playing other country music songs for this patient. “I’m playing all kinds of things and he’s just singing along.”
Reeser often uses her iPhone to play music for patients but also has access to Senior Collection Kits from the Boyle County Library. For almost two years, the library has been offering the music kits with CD players and headphones, about 20 CDs and recorded books for use in assisted living and nursing facilities. The library wanted to offer the kits because “music provides a great opportunity for conversation and sharing and has a therapeutic benefit for people with a variety of medical conditions.
Daniels says interaction through music improves hospice care and she is so glad she realized it with her mother. “In end of life care, where every single moment is valued, those quality interactions were meaningful, not only for me, but for my family.”
She even noticed that other staff members expressed interest. “A nurse said, ‘I’d love to be able to sing.’”
When she returned to San Antonio, Daniels planned to have music used in an assisted living study where patients were more mobile and interactive. “We’re doing the same thing in a different environment.” Daniels says music can play an important role in many areas of health care. She didn’t have to look far for a title for her research on the subject. “When words fail, music speaks and I think that’s what we’re trying to do here.”
Daniels notes that healthcare is very clinical and it doesn’t have to be that way. “People have this perception that music is just something fun we can do, but it’s so much more than that.”
For people who would like to learn more about the influence music can have, Reeser and Daniels recommend Memory Bridge at as a good source.
Santa's helpers

Dec. 23, 2015

Shawna Allen, left, and Michelle Harris of the office of Danville Oral Maxillofacial Surgery helped Santa out by bringing presents for a family served by Heritage Hospice. The staff of Drs. Louis Beto and Amy Bogardus and a generous donor purchased the gifts for the family and their children. On behalf of this famly, thank you very much!
Champions named

Dec. 17, 2015

Trish Releford, left, and Rochelle Sizemore received the Heritage Hospice Champions Award. They were selected for their outstanding service and commitment to making a difference in the lives of others. Releford, who lives in Mercer County, has worked at Heritage Hospice five years as the receptionist and secretary. Sizemore, who lives in Garrard, County, is clinical counseling services coordinator and has worked here 15 years.

Norfolk Southern makes donation

Dec. 7, 2015

Norfolk Southern's Danville Service and Safety Committee made a generous donation to Heritage Hospice. Jonathan Willis, train master, presented the donation to Emily Toadvine, development and community liaison.
Austin receives Spirit of Hospice Award

Dec. 6, 2015

Dot Austin received the 2015 Margaret Caldwell Spirit of Hospice Award from Sharon Martin, Heritage Hospice community and provider liaison. Austin received the award at Indian Hills Christian Church, which she and her husband helped found in 1961. Austin helps Heritage Hospice in many ways. She organized desserts from her church for several years for the annual Veterans Appreciation Day and donates many afghans she makes. Her red, white and blue ones go to Heritage Hospice veteran patients. Austin was selected for the annual award for exemplifying the caring spirit of Heritage Hospice’s founder.
GoodGiving Challenge ends with $10,475 in donations

Jan. 4, 2016

Thank you to our Lottie Ellis Match Supporters during the 2015 Good Giving Guide Challenge. You lit a fire with your Good Giving Guide Challenge donations when the event began Nov. 13.

The Challenge ended Dec. 31 and we appreciate the 42 donors who gave $10,475. Thank you to the everyone who gave to support the work of Heritage Hospice staff.

The Lottie Ellis Match money went astonishingly fast so thanks to everyone for logging in the first day to help us take advantage of this opportunity.

We would like to thank our donors.

Cindy Ellsworth in memory of Bob Ellsworth; Norma Buchanan in memory of William Buck Buchanan; Mike Thomas; Bob Stovall; Janelle Wheeler; Jennifer Reed; Barbara Lockhart in memory of John Lockhart; Donna Williams, in memory of Eddie Williams; Mark and Lisa Lane in memory of Donald Lane, Minnie Lane and Tony Broaddus; Dick Webb; Pat Bruce; Tom Handloser, in memory of Pat Handloser; Ted Dangelmaier, in memory of Jackie Dangelmaier; Roseanne Stocker; Sharon Martin, who gave in honor of veterans who have served our country; James Gage; Dr. Colin Raitiere; Eileen McHugh; John Clay; John and Kay Drake, who gave in memory of Darlene Powell Drake; Scott and Stephanie Schurz who gave in memory of Mary Schurz; Anne Lubbers, in memory of her father, John Lubbers; Charlotte Faeth; Bill Hale in memory of Sue Hale; Susan Smith; Vickie Bottoms; Deborah Fister, in memory of "the two most remarkable women that I have ever known, my grandmothers, Addie Lister and Margaret Coulter"; Doug Bean, in memory of Betty and Carl Greene; Virginia Birney; Carolyn Bottom, in memory of Rick Bottom; Darren Taul; Georgia de Araujo; Trina Sheets; Emily Toadvine; Powell Family Charitable Foundation; Sherry Martin; Alan Turbyfill; Barbara McCumber, who gave in memory of Jere McCumber and Bill Wehner; Renee Knies; and Chrissy Cummins. Ted Dangelmaier and Mike Thomas are twice as nice for giving on two occasions.

Tea 'N Treasure was Nov. 21

Dec. 2, 2015

Beautiful tables like this one were auctioned at this year's Tea & Treasures. Thank you to the many people came out to bid on the tables and silent auction items at The Showroom. We hope you will keep this November event in mind for next year.

We appreciate the many people who donated, such as world-renowned glass blower and Centre College professor Stephen Powell. Some of the table themes were “Life is Better on the Lake,” “The Night Before Christmas,” “The Golden Girls Have Sunspots” and “Honey Do This and That.” For more information about participating in the future, call Wendy Hellard at 859-236-2425.
8th annual Veterans Appreciation Day registers 1,234

Nov. 17, 2015

Ernie Blanchet waves to the crowd after being recognized as the oldest veteran attending the Veterans Appreciation Day celebration.
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It’s quite uplifting to see a 102-year-old dance a jig after being recognized as the oldest veteran at Heritage Hospice’s Veterans Appreciation Day. World War II Navy veteran Ernest Blanchet, known for his love of dancing, kicked up his heels after receiving the honor. The Stanford man’s immediate audience was a circle of fellow World War II veterans who were being recognized at the 8th annual event at Danville’s National Guard Armory. George White, age 98, received special recognition as the second oldest attendee of the 32 World War II veterans. In contrast, 21-year-old National Guard member Zachary Jones of Harrodsburg was recognized as the youngest veteran. The event drew 1,234 people. There were 912 veterans who brought 322 guests. Of the veterans, 102 were first-time attenders. Masonic groups in District 21 prepared 200 pounds of fish and 160 pounds of barbecue for the veterans who attended from Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer counties. Sharon Martin, Heritage Hospice community and provider liaison, the event’s chairman, credits the hard work of her planning committee and the financial support of several Veteran posts and community businesses for the event’s success. Major supporters are: Masonic Grand Lodge Of Kentucky F&AM; American Legion Post 46; Walmart of Danville; Farmers National Bank; Boyle County Fiscal Court; City of Danville; Heritage Hospice, Inc; AmVets Post 123; American National University; Walmart of Stanford; and Panasonic Appliances.
New volunteers welcomed at Heritage Hospice

Sept. 26, 2015

Heritage Hospice, Inc. welcomed a great group of volunteers after a Sept. 19 training. From left, they are: Diana Draper, Debbie Hardin, Mary Ann Hollon, Judy Skelton, Jean Morgan, Bailey Cummins, Collin Cummins and Ernest Hatfield. Bonnie Manning also is a new volunteer.

The next training will be in late February or early March. Hospice volunteers can give as little or as much time as they want. Some volunteers donate several hours each week while others commit to a few hours each month. Opportunities include clerical work, patient visits, fundraising events and special events.
To discuss your interest and availability, please call (859) 236-2425 or (800) 203-6633 to schedule a time to talk with Wendy Hellard, director of volunteer services, or volunteer coordinator Maureen Draut.
All levels of commitment are welcomed.

Kroger Community Rewards aid hospice

August 25, 2015

If you support Heritage Hospice through Kroger's Community Rewards Program, it's time to re-enroll. If you are not enrolled in the program, please go to set up an account. Sign in to your online account or create one. If you are creating an account, follow the instructions. After signing in or creating your account, go to the "Community Rewards" section near the bottom. Type in "Heritage Hospice" and click on our agency. Kroger's Community Rewards Program donates 4 percent of what you spend to our nonprofit. Every August, you must re-enroll in the program. If you have questions or need help, please call Emily Toadvine at 859-324-2944. Thank you for supporting Heritage Hospice.
DQ holds benefit night for Heritage Hospice

August 6, 2015

Harrodsburg’s DQ Grill and Chill Manager Larry Kelly presents a check from a benefit night for Heritage Hospice to Emily Toadvine, left, and Sharon Stewart, right. Toadvine is a community liaison and Stewart is a registered nurse who is certified in hospice and palliative care.
Camp offered for children

June 17, 2015

The second annual Sarah's Heart Bereavement Camp for Kids was held Sept. 26 at Camp Horsin' Around on Claunch Road near Perryville.

The camp offers all the traditional activities but also provides support to children who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life — a parent, sibling, grandparent or other family member — in the last two years. The camp is staffed by certified/licensed professionals and volunteers of Heritage Hospice. In 2016, the camp will be held in June and funded by a grant from the Hudson-Ellis Foundation. For more information about children's grief counseling, call bereavement counselor Leshia Derringer at (859) 236-2425.
Spanish literature available

July 17, 2015

If you know someone who speaks Spanish and who may need Heritage Hospice, we do have literature in Spanish about advantages of hospice care and questions to help determine if someone is appropriate. To download and share the literature, click here.
Hospice aids with spouse loss
June 5, 2015

Hospice care may help a surviving spouse better cope with depression following the death of a loved one, a new study reports.
Heritage Hospice, which serves Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer counties, has been offering quarterly spouse loss support group.
Leshia Derringer, Heritage Hospice’s bereavement counselor, says the peer-to-peer counseling proved valuable to those attending previous groups.

“It’s an opportunity for people to be with others who are experiencing the same feelings and emotions with losing a spouse. You gain that you are not alone in this difficult loss."

One of the quarterly groups, which met an hour and a half each Wednesday, drew 8 to 12 people for each session. Many of those attending were married for 30-plus years. As part of coping with the loss of their soul mates, they found comfort in talking about the loss, being with others and their faith, Derringer says. They were encouraged to practice good self care, she notes.

Carol Delaney of Danville attended the group. She appreciates the support after the loss of her husband, Jack. They were married almost 51 years.

“The death of someone you love for many years is heart-wrenching. While others try to comfort you through their love and support, only someone who has also had to let their spouse go and no longer be a physical presence in one’s life, truly understands the heartache that this event creates. It's hard to see the world continue going on its way while you have experienced something that will require a major adjustment to a ‘new normal’ state for your own life. Having attended two different sessions of Heritage Hospice Spousal Grieving groups, I was strengthened by the honesty of emotions shared, stories retold about our loved ones and the tenderness in watching others who are also grieving become new friends.”

Delaney says the group offers guidance during this painful time.
“I strongly encourage anyone who is going through this experience to join a group at hospice to help adjust to this intense emotional loss and learn how to go forward living your life one day at a time and knowing that how you grieve and how long you grieve is an individual experience. There is no one way to address this experience. I hope others may be comforted as I was.”

Pathways offers grief support

Until the next group begins, Pathways, a monthly grief support group is available. It usually meets the fourth Thursday of the month (except during November and December) at both 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at Heritage Hospice, 120 Enterprise Drive. Anyone wanting to attend the group, may register by calling Derringer at 859-236-2425 or emailing her at Derringer observes that the group is open to anyone, not just people served by hospice.

“We offer grief counseling to the community and they don’t have to be served by hospice. We have lots of literature for people dealing with loss.”

Derringer says she was pleased to read the article about the study that says hospices help surviving spouses, The article was published in the May 26 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.

“We knew we had an impact. It’s just nice to see the research that says we are effective.” The JAMA article recognizes that survivors are just as likely to be depressed following the death of their life partner whether or not hospice eased the patient's suffering and helped them pass with dignity, researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine found.
Thanks for supporting 16th annual motorcycle ride

June 17, 2015

Heritage Hospice's annual H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Perceptions of End Of Life Care) motorcycle poker run had about 47 bikes. We appreciate everyone who joined us on the ride through the four counties served by hospice: Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer.

We appreciate Raptors Motorcycle Club of Perryville for once again  being road guards. Thanks to Chad Sinkhorn, owner of Studio Ink, for designing the T-shirts. Thanks to Hill of Beans BBQ for the barbecue they provided at the end of the ride. Thank you Xtreme Style Signs and Graphics for helping offset printing costs.

Our Sponsors
Thanks to the following sponsors:

Royal Flush:
American Legion Caswell Saufley Post 18 of Stanford; American Legion Post 46 of Danville; American Legion John Logan Post 345 of Stanford; American Legion Post 301 of Perryville, AmVets Post 123 of Danville; B&H Properties of Danville; Caregivers by Linda of Danville; Chills Quick Stop of Danville; Don’s Marathon, Inc. of Lancaster; Eagle Run Sales and Storage of Stanford; Jerome Flynn, Edward Jones agent in Stanford; J&J Auto Service of Danville; J.R. Baker Body Shop of Harrodsburg; R.R. Donnelley of Danville; Spurlin Funeral Home of Stanford; Stith Funeral Home of Danville; The Kickstand of Burgin; and VFW post 3634 of Danville.

Full House:
Sue Abrams Realty of Harrodsburg; Garrard Automotive of Lancaster; Hilltop House of Praise of Waynesburg; Horn Home Improvement, of Harrodsburg; Junction City Cycles of Junction City; Ultimate Thunder of Danville; Westwood Choppers of Stanford; and L.W. Wilson and Sons of Harrodsburg.
Staff helps with Relay for Life

April 27, 2015

Heritage Hospice's staff helped with luminary sales at the Boyle Relay for Life event April 24 at Millennium Park.

Hospice's Medical Director Dr. Colin Raitiere, a survivor of ocular cancer, helped pass out survivor medals.

Heritage Hospice assists with the Relay for Life events in our four counties. Staff will assist with survivor registration and luminary sales at the June 12 Lincoln Relay for Life at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. The Mercer Relay has changed from August to Sept. 18 and will be at Anderson-Dean park. The Garrard County event is Sept. 25 at Garrard County High School.

Highest level achieved in We Honor Veterans program

April 8, 2015

Heritage Hospice recently received Level 4 in the We Honor Veterans program, which is a national program to help hospices provide better care for veterans. Read more about the program and other outreach with veterans at Click here

Caregivers rank Heritage Hospice tops again in 2015

June 1, 2015

Based on feedback from caregivers, Heritage Hospice earned top ranking for the third consecutive year.
Heritage Hospice has been named a 2015 Hospice Honors recipient by Deyta, an industry leader in gathering data that partners with thousands of hospices, home health, human services and other healthcare organizations. Hospice Honors is a prestigious program that recognizes the top hospices providing the highest level of satisfaction as measured from the caregiver’s point of view.
“This is the third year that we are presenting this award to top performers, and it’s very rewarding to recognize their hard work and commitment to improving care,” Kevin Porter, senior vice president of Deyta Analytics, said in a release.
This recognition is determined by using the Deyta Family Evaluation of Hospice Care survey results from about 1,700 partnering hospices contained in Deyta’s FEHC database with an evaluation period of October 2013 through September 2014.

Deyta identified Hospice Honors recipients by evaluating hospices’ performance on a set of 18 satisfaction indicator measures. The set of questions included only indicator measures, omitting qualifying, leader and demographic questions. Individual hospice performance scores were aggregated for the evaluation period and were compared on a question-by-question basis to a national average score calculated from Deyta’s FEHC database.

Many helped make 5th annual Blue Jean Ball a success

April 20, 2015

The 250 guests at this year’s annual fundraiser, the Blue Jean Ball, bid on a variety of auction items from a three-night stay at a 5-star Mexican resort to UK basketball signed by Karl-Anthony Towns.

Those attending the April 10 event at Pioneer Playhouse enjoyed the music by Nick Dittmeier and The Sawdusters and food by Chaplin River caterers.

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Heritage Hospice, a video was shown about the brainchild of Margaret Caldwell. Here is the video.

Please mark your calendars for next year’s event April 15 at Pioneer Playhouse.

We appreciate all who came and supported the event.

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Platinum: Community Trust Bank, Stith Funeral Home, United Structural Systems and Whitaker Bank.

Gold: Dr. Colin Raitiere, Heritage Hospice medical director; Farmers National Bank; and LGE-KU.

Silver: Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home; Atmos Energy; Fort Knox Federal Credit Union; Good Neighbor Pharmacy; Grogan’s Healthcare Supply; Preston-Pruitt-Spurlin Funeral Home; Ransdell Funeral Chapel; Spectra Energy; Spurlin Funeral Home, Lancaster; Stuart Powell Ford-Lincoln-Mazda; and The Medicine Shoppe.

AGE Engineering Services; Barnett, Demrow, Fox and Friend Funeral Homes; Blue Grass Energy; Central Kentucky Federal Savings Bank; First Southern National Bank; InterCounty Energy; McKnight Funeral Home and Monument Co.; New Moon Medical; PBK Bank; Powell-Walton-Milward; and Smith-Jackson Funeral Home.

We also appreciate the bourbon tasting offered by the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Once again, the Garden Club of Danville made all the tables look spectacular with their floral arranging skills.

Desserts by Chocolate-N-More, Bluebird restaurant and Sweets by Cindy were outstanding.

Our most popular live auction item was the Mexican vacation made possible by board member Deb Sebastian, owner of Travel Leaders.

Other live auction items were: another UK basketball signed by Anthony Harrison; A farm-to-table dinner for six donated by Grace Cafe; a two-night stay and two-day pontoon rental at Lee’s Ford Marina on Lake Cumberland; a David Farmer painting; a suite at Whitaker Ballpark from Whitaker Bank; a high tea for 8 from Halcomb’s Knob; a prime rib dinner for 15 prepared by Rodger Ross and sponsored by Boyle County Farm Bureau Federation; a dinner for 30 donated by Lucky Dog owners Brad and Cindy Simmons; an overnight stay at the Marriott at Griffin Gate; a wine tasting for 10 from Old Crow Inn; a Vizio flatscreen TV donated by Corning; a room painted by Patrick Cooper and decorating advice from Wendy Todd.

Those planning the event were: Kara Bastin, Barb Duffy, Teresa Martin, Betty Montgomery, Heather Nolan, Cody Polston, Jennifer Reed, Jan Walz and Emily Toadvine.
Johnson retires after 24-year career

March 30, 2015

Margaret Johnson, right, retired March 27 after 24 years as an aide with Heritage Hospice. She is shown with Executive Director Janelle Wheeler.
Johnson sometimes cared for more than one member of the same family during her long career. One of her goals was always to bring humor to the patients and families. "They've got enough going on without my bringing a frowny face," says Johnson, who often donned a red clown nose on patient visits. Although Johnson plans to slow down and enjoy some fishing and travel, she is continuing to fill-in on a part-time basis.
Bottom retires after 32-year career

Jan. 30, 2015

Carolyn Bottom, right, shown with Heritage Hospice director Janelle Wheeler, retired from Heritage Hospice in January after a 32-year nursing career. She had worked the last 7 1/2 with Heritage Hospice.
In addition to her nursing career with hospice and a local home health agency, she is involved with missionary work in Haiti, 4 prisons in Kentucky and has done missionary work in Russia. Her career began at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center when she was in Licensed Practical Nursing School. She worked as a nurse aide while in school. They retained her as an LPN and she went on to become an RN during her nine years there. Her next job was with Caretenders Home Health and she worked a brief time with Liberty Care Center Nursing Home.
Her next move was to McDowell Home Health, and then to work for five years in the state Corrections Department as an infirmary nurse. She then returned to home health with Nurses Registry for almost one year and then back to McDowell Home Health where she worked until coming to Heritage Hospice. It was her work at Northpoint Training Center that prepared her for a monthly prison ministry that she has been involved with for 12 years.
Her husband, the late Rick Bottom, retired from Kentucky State Police Civilian Driver Testing and worked in security. She has three sons living in Marion County and 11 grandchildren.
Six take Volunteer training

March 3, 2015

New volunteers with Heritage Hospice, from left to right, are: Jan Walz, Boyle; Hope McMullin, Mercer; Amy Yeager, Boyle; Bettyann Granfield, Lincoln; Ted Dangelmaier, Boyle; and Laurel Adams, Boyle.

Volunteers support Heritage Hospice in many ways, from visiting with patients to clerical work. Anyone interested in discussing volunteer opportunities may call Heritage Hospice at 859-236-2425.

Volunteers especially are needed in Garrard County. Hospice volunteers can give as little or as much time as they want. Some volunteers donate several hours each week while others commit to a few hours each month. All levels of commitment are welcomed.
Two receive Heritage Hospice honor

Dec. 26, 2014

Mary Green, left, and Margaret Johnson, right, received Heritage Hospice Champion Awards for 2014. Both are aides and were nominated for the annual award by co-workers. The award recognizes outstanding service and commitment to making a difference in the lives of others. Both were described as people who always put their patients first and anticipated the needs of their patients and who went above and beyond on a day-to-day basis with their patients and their team members. Green has worked with Heritage Hospice for two years and Johnson has worked 24 years with the nonprofit.
Johnson says she has served more than one member of the same families. “I love this job. I would have retired years ago but about time I think I’m going to retire I have another patient who grabs me by the heart.”
Download these questions to decide when to call hospice
Dec. 30, 2014
Is your family feeling overwhelmed in trying to care for a family member with a life-limiting illness? Have you wondered who you can turn to for help? We encourage people to call Heritage Hospice while there is time for our team of nurses, social workers, chaplains, aides and volunteers to do quality work. If you are wondering whether it is time to consult with Heritage Hospice, please download a list of questions that may shed some light on the subject. Consultations are free and are only a phone call away at (859) 236-2425.

Please click here to download a list of questions to help you decide if it's time to call hospice.
Amazon shoppers can sign up for Amazon Smile

Dec. 16, 2014
What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Heritage Hospice every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same prices, selection and shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price — .5 percent — to Heritage Hospice.
To participate, go to AmazonSmile, and select Heritage Hospice to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping.
After your make Heritage Hospice your organization, every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation.

Some important questions

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?

Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.
Can I use my existing account on AmazonSmile?

Yes, you use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.
Stanford Festival of Trees features 15 entries

Dec. 6, 2014

Above, Amanda Jennings and her son, Sam, and daughter, Sarah, decorate ornaments for the Lincoln County Public Library's tree for the Festival of Trees. To see some of the trees, Click here

The first Festival of Trees was held Dec. 6 at the First Southern Arts Center in Stanford. People selected from beautifully decorated trees donated by several Stanford groups. "Red, White and Sweet," donated by Calvary Hill Baptist Church Women on Mission, received the People's Choice Award for having the  most votes.

Members of the Standing Fort Arts Guild also held an art and craft sale Dec. 6 at the arts center and the Arts Center split the proceeds of the event with Heritage Hospice.

In addition to the Lincoln library, Heritage Hospice would like to thank the other participants in the Festival of Trees: Kentucky Soaps and Such, Coleman’s Drug Store, Tammy Dean, Hilltop Florist, Jan Walz, Business and Professional Women, Stanford Christian Church, Standing Fort Art Guild, Calvary Hill Baptist Women, Lincoln County Homemakers and Lincoln County High School. The high school had four trees, two from the art department, one from World Language, and the other from Career and Tech Department.

Also special thanks to Danny Irvin for conducting the auction to sell the trees.

GoodGiving Challenge ends with 76 donations

Dec. 12, 2014

Thank you to all the generous people who made donations to Heritage Hospice during the GoodGiving Challenge. You gave in honor of your parents, grandparents and even best friends. Your giving totaled $14,076.08 when Challenge ended Dec. 12.
The generosity of many people helped Heritage Hospice achieve its goal of raising $500 on Dec. 1 and winning a Lexmark printer.

Heritage Hospice also was the lucky winner of a random drawing in a social media challenge for Starbucks and will receive a Starbucks Gift Basket ($150 Value).
Thanks for helping Heritage Hospice receive match money
We appreciate everyone who gave when Hudson-Ellis Foundation Match Monday was available and allowed Heritage Hospice to receive match money of 50 cents for every $1. We received $4,887.50 from this match. The Hudson-Ellis Foundation provided match money to eight local agencies until a $25,000 pool was exhausted.
On the last day, many people also donated during a Buzzer Beater Challenge and allowed us to receive a similar match. We received $362.50 during this challenge.

We want to thank our generous donors:
Barbara Lockhart, Ann Hamlin McCrosky, Ted Dangelmaier, Georgia de Araujo, Rosanne Stocker, Scott Schurz, Donna Powell, Pierce Lively, Allen White, anonymous, Myrna Herron and Charlotte Faeth, Carolyn Robinson, Dr. Colin Raitiere, Pat Bruce, Norma Buchanan, Robert and Shelley Bigelow, Traci Hatfield, Judy Major, Carole Smith, Calvin Denham, Janelle Wheeler, James Gage, Joe Brown, Susan Smith, Helen Overstreet, Anne Lubbers, Emily Toadvine, Elizabeth Smith, Doug and Suzanne Bean, Dr. Darren Taul, Mark and Lisa Lane, John and Kay Drake, Debra Sebastian, Jennifer Reed, Deborah Fister, Ken Thomas, Powell Family Charitable Foundation, Bill Bell, Rice Lear, Carolyn Bottom, Don Carney, Sharon Martin, Jack Hendricks, Rhoda Conley, Mike Thomas, Tom and Peggy Ellis, Robert and Kay Cunningham, Alan Turbyfill, Matt Baker, Albert Cooper Jr., Sandra McElfresh, Thomas Bright, Dickie Cooper, Harry Nickens, Gary Wheeler, Cindy Ellsworth, Sherry Martin, Bill Hale, Sherrie Cocanougher, Donna Williams, Jerry Rankin, Virginia Birney, Rita Zirnheld, Margo Goodwin, Julie Nelson, Cindy Long, Myrna Miller, Barbara McCumber, Dr. Rebecca Chatham, Eileen McHugh, Suzanne Bean and anonymous donors.

Donations made in memory of

Mark and Lisa Lane donated in memory of Mark's parents, L. Donald and Minnie Lane, and his best friend, Tony Broaddus.
John and Kay Drake contributed in honor of their friend, Joan "Jody" Atkins.
Carolyn Bottom, a nurse at Heritage Hospice, donated in memory of her husband, Rick. Joyce Smiley, a board member, gave in memory of her husband, Wayne. Albert Cooper, a veteran who helps with Veterans Appreciation Day, gave in memory of his wife of 61 years, Pat. Thomas Bright gave in memory of his friend, Elwyn Smith. Tom and Peggy Ellis gave in memory of their friend, Edna Lankford. Peggy and Edna shared a February 11 birthday and had celebrated together for several years. Edna died in November just a few months shy of her 100th birthday.

Charlotte Faeth shared why she is motivated to give: "This gift is in memory of my father, William E. Buchanan, who died in 1993. Heritage Hospice helped him at the end of his life so that he was able to be more comfortable in his own home and also helped my mother care for him and know what to do. In the years since his death Heritage Hospice has helped so many other families at the end of a loved one's life. I hope that you'll always be there for the people who need your help at such an emotional and stressful time. Thanks for all that you do!"

Your support is greatly appreciated and allows us to:
• Fund our bereavement programs, such as individual and group counseling along with special programs for children and families.
• Provide care for seriously ill patients who often have little or no way to pay for services.
Thank you for your support.

Tea 'N Treasure was huge success

Nov. 17, 2014

A globe made by renowned glass blower Stephen Powell, a Coach purse, jewelry and a UK basketball signed by Coach Calipari and UK basketball tickets proved to be popular items at the Nov. 15 Tea 'N Treasure at First Baptist Church in Danville.

From the volunteers who served the tea and acted as waitresses to the wonderful guests who attended, the first-ever Tea 'N Treasure was a fun-filled afternoon.
To see photos from the event, Click here

Many thanks to volunteer John Randolph for sharing his story of hospice service and Shelley Richardson of Elmwood Inn Fine Teas for sharing stories and philosophy about tea. Guests enjoyed Christmas in a Cup from Elmwood Inn Fine Teas and delicious food prepared by Rick and Jane Brown. Nina Kirkland of Coldwell Banker VIP Realty did a fantastic job of auctioning off the 20 tables. The planning committee of Karen Bottoms, Sally Cochran, Rebecca Cole-Preston, Sue Fowler, Martha Grigsby, Jackie Lesperance, Judy Major, Barb McCumber, Carol Reed and Jan Walz, a worked hard to make the event successful.

The event is sponsored by Heritage Hospice's Volunteer Department. Proceeds help Heritage Hospice with the good works they do for the people they serve.

Veterans Appreciation Day welcomed 1,177 veterans

Nov. 12, 2014
The seventh annual Veterans Appreciation Day welcomed 1,177 veterans, including 121 first-timers at Danville's National Guard Armory. It was wonderful to see the veterans, many of them wearing their uniforms complete with medals. To see photos of the event, go to Click here
Raychel Pete, a 19-year-old National Guard member, was honored as the youngest veteran. Gershon Schulman of Versailles received the oldest veteran award when he revealed his age as 105. Ernie Blanchet of Stanford received the second oldest honor at age 101.
Masonic groups cooked 275 pounds of fish and 160 pounds of barbecue. Spearheaded by Indian Hills Christian Church, members of several churches prepared and served homemade desserts. At noon, 39 World War II veterans were recognized.
In 2013, 63 World War II veterans attended.
Many people in the community come together to make this event happen. Students at Danville Christian Academy served the lunches and 86 people volunteered to do everything from register veterans, drive golf carts to shuttle veterans from parking to the armory, and to take out the trash.
The major sponsors are: Masonic Grand Lodge of KY F&AM, Wal-Marts of Danville, Stanford and Nicholasville, Sam’s Club of Nicholasville, Franklin Lodge #28, Lincoln County Fiscal Court, Farmers National Bank, Boyle County Fiscal Court, and City of Danville.
Fundraising for this event begins as soon as it ends. For more information, please call Sharon Martin at (859) 236-2425.

Sign up for hospice in Kroger Community Rewards

Sept. 11, 2014
Heritage Hospice is participating in the Kroger Community Rewards Program and we hope Kroger shoppers will support us. To register, please go to:
Here are some tips for signing up but if you would like help enrolling or have questions, please call Emily Toadvine at (859) 324-2944.


1. Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization after you sign up.
2. If a member does not yet have a Kroger Plus card, please let them know that they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.
3. Click on Sign In/Register
Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.
4. Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions.
You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
5. Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
6. Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
7. Update or confirm your information.
8. Enter NPO number or name of organization, select organization from list and click on confirm.
9. To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.

Do you use your phone number at the register? Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number.
Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.

Six new volunteers trained in September
Sept. 22, 2014

John Randolph Aspenleiter, Mary Convery, Marilyn Herndon, Polly Burton, Sue Smith and Cindy Arnold are the newest group of Heritage Hospice volunteers. Polly and Cindy live in Lincoln County and everyone else lives in Boyle.

Heritage Hospice loves its volunteers. They help our patients and families in so many ways: They run errands; they visit nursing home patients; they sit with patients and allow the caregiver to leave the house for a couple of hours.

We really appreciate all they do. Welcome new volunteers.

Our next training will be in the spring. If you want to discuss the opportunity, please call Wendy Hellard, director of volunteer services, or Maureen Draut, volunteer coordinator, at 859-236-2425.
Volunteer applications are at our Volunteers page. Click here to go to that page

Volunteer corner
Sept. 19, 2014
Nancy Gardner has been one of our special volunteers for 14 years. Please read more about this special lady at our Volunteers page. Click here to go to that page

Couple wed for 75 years
Aug. 14, 2014
Editor's Note: Carl Lane died Jan. 15, 2015.

When Carl and Minnie Lane were dating in the 1930s, he would bring his sweetheart teaberry chewing gum. Then they would race her horse against his pony.
“My horse would run off and leave his pony,” recalls Minnie Lane, now 100 years old and Lane’s wife for 75 of those years.
It’s a small wonder that Minnie Lane’s horse might have a little more stamina than her husband’s pony. He already had ridden his pony from Garrard County’s Mount Hebron community to Nina Ridge to see his future bride.
“She lived on the other side of the county,” notes Minerva Hicks, one of the caregivers for Mrs. Lane and Carl Lane, who turns 99 on Sept. 27.
Their courtship began after his uncle fixed them up on a blind date. Maybe it wasn’t exactly a blind date as Carl Lane recalls seeing his wife once before. “She went to school at Nina Ridge and they brought a play to our school and that’s how that got started,” say Carl Lane with a twinkle in his light blue eyes.
He says he tried to see his future wife as often as possible but he wasn’t in any rush to get to the alter.
“We stayed in contact. We still courted, but we weren’t in any hurry to get married. We were having a pretty good time,” he says.
The teaberry gum delivery and horse races continued for eight years until Minnie Sebastian Lane decided to issue an ultimatum concerning marriage. “I wrote him a Dear John letter,” says Minnie Lane, as she finished a noontime meal with a serving of corn bread and milk. “That straightened him out.”
When they did tie the knot, the Lanes celebrated with a trip to Harrodsburg but they didn’t relax too long after their February 15th nuptials.
“Did you all kill hogs on your honeymoon?” Hicks asks.
Mrs. Lane confirmed that the task was part of survival for their new life together. Farming sustained the family that grew to include a son Gareth Lane, 71, who lives nearby their Mount Hebron home. Gareth and his wife, Kathy, celebrated 50 years of Marriage in November. They have three children.

A Heritage Hospice team is serving the Lanes and Gareth Lane says he is so grateful his parents can receive such good care in their home.

“Heritage Hospice has been so helpful to us,” he says.

Mrs. Lane remembered a funny story about their trip to the hospital for the birth of their son. Her husband saw a hitchhiker and decided to make room for one more.
“He stopped to let someone ride,” she says.
Their life on the farm involved milking dairy cattle and raising tobacco and hay. Their son, who retired from Lexmark, now oversees the farm work, but Carl Lane hasn’t been long out of the saddle.
“Last fall, he helped bale hay,” Hicks says.
In addition to working on his farm, Lane worked for Danville tobacco warehouses, Burley No. 1 and No. 2, for 30 years. He also worked at the stockyards in Boyle and Garrard counties.
This summer Lane suffered a setback with a broken hip. His recovery delayed the celebration of his wife’s 100th birthday.
“I put her cake up in the freezer and kept it frozen until he could come home,” Hicks says. When the celebration was held, Mrs. Lane was joined by one of her two living sisters.
One of the keepsakes they received recently is a picture frame with a photo of the Lanes when they were dating beside another photo taken by their pastor a couple of months ago. The Lanes are the oldest members of Mount Hebron Baptist Church.
When the Lanes are asked for advice for others on how to have a long, successful marriage, Mr. Lane says, “When one of you get mad the other should stay in a good humor. You’re not both supposed to be mad at the same time.”
Although 75 years together is nothing to sneeze at, there are some marriages that have lasted more than 80 years. Lane says a shorter courtship would have propelled their union into that realm.
“If we married when we 16 we would have been married a long time,” he says.

Thanks for dining at Godfather's
Aug. 11, 2014

Thank you to everyone who ate at Godfather's Pizza in Lancaster Aug. 8 and 9 to benefit Heritage Hospice. The restaurant donated 15 percent of sales. Emily Toadvine, right, Heritage Hospice development and community liaison, received a generous donation from manager Steve Meadows. Thanks so much to everyone who supported the event.

Sarah's Heart Bereavement Camp for Kids hosted 16 campers
July 25, 2014

Sarah's Heart Bereavement Camp for Kids was a great experience for our staff and 16 children attending at Camp Horsin' Around on Claunch Road near Perryville. The children went fishing, hiking and swimming. In addition to offering a traditional fun-filled camp experience, the day camp offered grief education and support to the campers ages 6 to 12 who had experienced the death of a significant person in their life — a parent, sibling, grandparent or other family member.

A special activity July 24 was planting a memory tree at Heritage Hospice. Many thanks to McAfee Landscaping for donating the tree.

The camp was funded in part by a generous donation from The Trim Masters Charitable Foundation, a donation from Junction City First Baptist Church and other donations. Deco Art donated paint for craft activities.

The camp was staffed by certified/licensed professionals and volunteers of Heritage Hospice.

For more information about children's grief counseling, call bereavement counselor Leshia Derringer at (859) 236-2425.

15th annual motorcycle ride attracts 71 bikes
June 30, 2014

Everyone was thankful to take refuge at The Alamo in Harrodsburg when the rain came down at the first stop. But the 71 bikes in the 15th annual H.O.P.E. Run dried off their bikes and hit the road again. In the photo above, Kevin and Tanya McMullin showcased their bike's new paint job. The teal and pink symbolized the types of cancer their mothers had.

We appreciate the people who helped make this a sucessful ride. Thanks to the Raptors Motorcycle Club of Perryville for once again being superior road guards. Thanks to Chad Sinkhorn, owner of Studio Ink, for designing the T-shirts. Thanks to Hill of Beans BBQ for some excellent food.

Our Sponsors
Thanks to the following sponsors:

Royal Flush:
American Legion Post 345, American Legion Post 18, American Legion Post 46, American Legion Post 301, B&H Properties, Chills Quick Stop, Eagle Run Sales and Storage, Jerome Flynn, Edward Jones agent in Stanford, J.R. Baker Body Shop, R.R. Donnelley, VFW post 3634, Xtreme Style Signs and Graphics.

Full House:
Garrard Automotive, Horn Home Improvement, J & J Auto Service, Lancaster Service Center and NAPA Auto Care, Sue Abrams Realty, Spurlin Funeral Home in Stanford, Stanford Motor Co., Stith Funeral Home, The Alamo Tex-Mex, Ultimate Thunder, Westwood Choppers, and L.W. Wilson and Sons.
Sponsors are listed on the T-shirt. For information, please call Emily Toadvine at 859-324-2944.

Hospice given "Elite" status in family satisfaction
May 10, 2014
Heritage Hospice has been named as a recipient of the Hospice Honors Elite Award given by Deyta, a data-gathering company that partners with thousands of hospice, home health, human services and other healthcare organizations. The award recognizes the top 39 hospice agencies that continuously provide the highest level of satisfaction through their care as measured from the caregiver’s point of view. Receiving the honor places Heritage Hospice in the top two percent of 1,700 hospices across the nation that use Deyta’s services.
Janelle Wheeler, executive director of Heritage Hospice, says this award means so much because it is based on what the families thought about the service.
“I am very pleased that Heritage Hospice has been chosen as a recipient of the most prestigious award. We strive daily to provide the highest quality of care and service, like we would expect to receive ourselves. Our board, staff and volunteers are grateful to receive this recognition and do so on behalf of all the patients and families we serve.”
Deyta introduced its Hospice Honors Award program last year, with Heritage Hospice being among the first programs in the country to receive the honor. Heritage Hospice received the Hospice Honors Award again this year, which means it ranks among the top 100 hospices using Deyta’s services. Heritage Hospice began in 1979 and cares for 90 to 100 seriously ill patients each day in homes, hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer counties.
To determine which organizations will receive the Elite award, Deyta used results from the Family Evaluation of Hospice Care, an independent survey given to the caregivers of hospice patients to help measure the quality of their care Using the survey’s 18 questions on customer satisfaction as a basis for calculations, Deyta only awarded its Hospice Honors Elite status to agencies that scored above the national benchmark of excellence on all 18 questions.
The awards were announced at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Management and Leadership Conference in National Harbor, Md.

Thanks to everyone for attending Blue Jean Ball
April 19, 2014

Thank you to everyone who joined us on a beautiful spring evening April 11 at Pioneer Playhouse for Heritage Hospice’s fourth annual auction and Blue Jean Ball.

Thank you to Kirk Schlea for creating a wonderful video for our event. You can learn about Heritage Hospice by watching the video Click here to see the video.

During the evening, we also announced Brigadier Gen. (Ret.) Howard Hunt III as the recipient of our Margaret Caldwell Spirit of Hospice Award. Gen. Hunt has supported us on many occasions in our outreach to veterans.

We thank the many businesses who sponsored our event and the many businesses who donated to our auction.

Our live auction featured:

Redecorate a Room: Know you’re in good hands with painting donated by Patrick Cooper and an hour of interior decorating consulting donated by Wendy Todd. Cooper will paint a 12 by 12 room (includes paint) for a value of $650. Todd’s consultation is valued at $50.


Hot Air Balloon Rides: for 2 and 4; Value of $240 for 2 or $480 for 4. With 200 locations available, the hour-long rides from Soaring Adventures of America, Inc. can be taken as close as Frankfort or while on vacation. Tickets are fully transferrable and can be taken within the next 12 months.


Pamper Yourself: A one-night weekend stay with breakfast at the Griffin Gate Marriott; a $289 value. Dine out with a Bluegrass Hospitality Group coupon good for $50 off $100. Can be used at Aqua Sushi, Boathouse, Malone’s, Harry’s, Sal’s Chophouse, Drake’s or Regatta Seafood Grill.


A High Tea for 8: Donated by Halcomb’s Knob in Paint Lick, a bed and breakfast with a breathtaking view, operated by Deborah Messenger. Halcomb's Knob afternoon full teas are served with only the freshest of ingredients. Served in three individual courses, guests enjoy the Knob's wealth of freshly harvested produce,  breads sweetened with local honey and sorghum and desserts. A selection of hot and/or cold teas accompany each menu.

Enjoy the Lake Life: Lee’s Ford Resort and Marina on Lake Cumberland is offering a two-bedroom cottage for a weekend and an eight-hour pontoon rental. Valued at $865. Not valid May 26 through Sept. 7.


Take Me Out to the Ballgame: A Whitaker Ballpark suite, which holds 12 people. A $650 value; donated by Whitaker Bank.


A 40-inch LCD Flatscreen TV: Donated by Corning, Inc., which is known for creating Gorilla glass used on flatscreen TVs and iPad.


The Winner is A Lucky Dog: A barbecue dinner for 30 prepared by Brad and Cindy Simmons, founders of the Kentucky State Barbecue Festival.


The Spice of Life: Myrna Miller, a native Louisianan known for her Cajun cooking skills, is offering a six-course, 18 item Cajun dinner for ten. Sponsored by State Farm Insurance agent Bob Miller.


Catering by Cue on Main: Entertain family, friends, or business associates, Cue owner Jerry Houck is donating five $100 certificates for catered meals.


Special thanks to:

Once again, The Garden Club of Danville for creating beautiful table arrangements for the tables.
The Hub Coffee House and Cafe for the tasty dessert and signature fair trade gourmet coffee.
Julie Gregory for bringing her Pic of the Party photo booth. See her work by liking Pic of the Party on Facebook.
Wilderness Trace Distillery for offering tastings of Blue Heron vodka and Harvest rum.
Jim Vines who served as auctioneer and David Meade, who assisted him.

Our great sponsors:

United Structural Systems and Whitaker Bank.

Community Trust Bank; Dr. Colin Raitiere, Heritage Hospice Medical Director; Farmers National Bank; Good Neighbor Pharmacy; Hub Coffee House and Cafe;  LGE-KU; Preston-Pruitt Funeral Home; and Stith Funeral Home.

Alexander and Royalty Funeral Home; Atmos Energy; Bob Allen Motor Mall through John and Lori Welsh; Grogan’s Healthcare Supply; New Moon Medical; Ramsey Funeral Home; Spectra Energy; Spurlin Funeral Home, Lancaster; Spurlin Funeral Home, Stanford; Stuart Powell Ford-Mazda-Lincoln; and The Medicine Shoppe.

AGE Engineering Services; Barnett, Demrow, and Fox Funeral Homes; Central Kentucky Federal Savings Bank; Derringer Contracting; Enclara; First Southern National Bank; Fort Knox Federal Credit Union; Inter-County Energy; McKnight Funeral Home & Monument Co.; PBK Bank; Powell-Walton-Milward Insurance; Ransdell Funeral Chapel; Sims Funeral Services; and Smith-Jackson Funeral Home.

Thanks to the many businesses and individuals who made donations.

Welcome to our new volunteers
March 3, 2014

Heritage Hospice has 21 new volunteers. Above, our volunteers from Garrard and Lincoln counties, from left to right, are: Nancy Newby of Lancaster; Mary Adams of Stanford; Denny Pace of Lancaster; Rosemary Maples of Stanford; Martha Martin of Stanford; Chasity Baierlein of Lancaster; and Rebecca Cole-Preston of Stanford.

Our new Boyle volunteers, from left to right, are: Dr. C.P. Gum, Emily Meaux, Betty White, Missy Adams, Janet Fralix, Judy Major and Ann Cassada. Wendy Hellard, Director of Volunteer Services, is shown at far right.

We are very excited that we now have four deaf volunteers. They are: Nina Coyer of Lancaster; and Pat Bruce and Rita and Arlen Finke, all of Danville.

Dr. Chatham joins hospice staff
February 2, 2014
Dr. Rebecca Chatham has joined Heritage Hospice, Inc. as part-time associate medical director.
“I have enjoyed my previous experiences working with hospice and look forward to closer involvement,” says Chatham, who has been a physician at Family Medicine Clinic of Danville since 2007.
She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and preprofessional studies. She then returned home to attend Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, graduating in 2004.
In 2007 she completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Louisville/Glasgow-Barren County Family Medicine Residency Program. She served for two years as the Chair of the Department of Medicine at EMRMC. Dr. Chatham is board certified through the American Board of Family Medicine.
Dr. Chatham is married to Dennis, who is a Heritage Hospice volunteer. They have three children, Henry, Frances and Ted. They live on a small farm in Boyle County.

Veterans event honored with Boyle Chamber award
Jan. 31, 2014

Sharon Martin accepted the Community Impact Award given to the Heritage Hospice Veterans Appreciation Day Committee from Boyle County Chamber Board Member Joey Harris at the Chamber's Jan. 24 banquet.
The award was given based on the number of people involved with the event that began six years ago to honor veterans by serving them lunch and offering many door prizes.
The event grows every year and set new records this year for the number attending with 1,458 veterans including 63 World War II veterans. The oldest veteran was 100. About 70 businesses donate door prizes. Several Masonic groups cook the food and there are many churches who make desserts. Students from Danville Christian Academy serve the food and many people volunteer to help.
In addition to Martin, who chairs the event, members of the Veterans Committee who work to ensure the event’s success are: Ralph Arnold, Tom Brown, Penny Brummett, Tom Bustle, Kevil Chinn, Don Draper, Jamey Gay, Jack Hendricks, Gerald Merriman, Jennifer Reed, Susan Salyers, Rick Schoebel, Kay Sheldon, Jim Talley and Emily Toadvine.

Goodgiving Challenge ends with donations from 91
Jan. 7, 2014

We appreciate the 91 people who donated to Heritage Hospice during the Goodgivingguide Challenge. Many of you have allowed us to receive the Lottie Ellis Match of 50 cents for every $1 donated. From the time the Challenge began Nov. 1 until it ended Dec. 31, our generous donors contributed $13,175.
Your donations will go a long way in support Heritage Hospice in its mission to provide compassionate care.
We are very grateful to the Hudson Ellis Foundation for offering the Lottie Ellis Match of 50 cents for every $1 donated. The Lottie Ellis Match Challenge is through the Boyle County Community Fund, a component fund of Blue Grass Community Foundation. We appreciate the opportunity the Blue Grass Community Foundation gave us to participate for the first time and 2013 and definitely hope to participate in the 2014 Challenge.
Click here to see our GoodGivingGuide profile.

If you have been meaning to stop by the office and pick up our thank you offered to our donors, we invite you to do that. We are offering ornaments to our $25 donors; "Stirring Up Memories" cookbooks to our $50 donors; and a either cookbooks or a memorial brick to our $100 donors. Click here to see more about incentives

We thank everyone for their support and want to say thank you to our other generous donors:
Helen Overstreet
Mort Hoagland
Ruth Anne White
Kathy Crown-Weber
Carole Smith
Ted Dangelmaier
Allen White
Rhonda Gilliam
Carolyn Bottom
Jay Million
Niki Kinkade
Kathy Wigginton
Laura Embree

John and Kay Drake

Carrie Farmer

Pat Bruce

Rosanne Stocker

Jim Gage

Alan Turbyfill

Dick Webb

Judy Shannon

Jan Walz

Cindy Long

Traci Hatifield

Lori Bruner

Mae Renner

Pierce Lively
Eileen McHugh
Kim Gersony

Mary Robin Spoonamore


Jennifer Reed

Janelle Wheeler

Jackie Lesperance

Vicki Jozefowicz

John David Friend

Mark and Lisa Lane

Myrna Miller

Doug Draut

Maureen Draut

Boyle County Quarterback Club

Barbara Lockhart

Sue Smith

Leshia Derringer

Dr. Darren Taul

Dr. Rebecca Chatham

Molly VanZant

Matt Baker

Bob Stovall

Linda Klosowski

Dickie Cooper

Barb Duffy

Vittoria Conn

Rita Zirnheld

Cindy Ellsworth

Ken Thomas
Thomas Bright

Colin Raitiere

Jack Hendricks

Eric and Truly Mount

Carol Reed
Jeri Bryant

Joe Teague

Ginny Birney
Gina Meade

Debbie Sebastian

Norma Buchanan

Renee Knies
Nooreta Royalty
Calvin Denham

Mary Hamlin

Georgia de Araujo

Doug and Suzanne Bean

American Legion Caswell Saufley Post 18
Harry Nickens
Dane and Sandy Burris
Donna Williams
Jennifer Brummett
Carolyn Robinson
Penelope Wong

Margo Goodwin

Barbara McCumber

Bob Floro

Tony Delucia

Donna Powell

Sharon Martin

Patricia Carpenter

Your donations help us provide quality end of life care in Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer counties.

Heritage Hospice Executive Director Janelle Wheeler says, "Each contribution will assist us in providing care, medications, supplies, equipment and support.”

The GoodGiving Guide Challenge is a partnership between Blue Grass Community Foundation and Smiley Pete Publishing to promote online giving. The challenge offers many incentive prizes for donors and fundraising.

Those who are active with social media are invited to please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to learn about how we’re doing. Click here to like us on Facebook and Twitter at Click here to follow us on Twitter.

Thank you for your support.
Dec. 20, 2013
Chrissy Cummins, who has devoted 20 years of service to Heritage Hospice, Inc., was selected to receive the 2013 Champion Award.

She is the director of clinical services for Heritage Hospice.

The Champion Award is given annually for outstanding service and commitment to making a difference in the lives of others. Staff members make the nominations and the champion is selected by the bo
ard of directors.

Perryville Elementary first-graders learn joy of giving
Dec. 18, 2013

Heritage Hospice staff received a basket of goodies and ear to ear smiles when Perryville Elementary School first-graders and their teachers Rebecca Helm and Lynette Mason and assistants Kecia Elliott and Susan Biggs brought a basket of breads they had made and sang several holiday songs.
The teachers brought their classes as part of teaching the students the importance of giving.
Other groups in the community are helping make Christmas brighter for some of our hospice families. The VFW Post 6935 of Harrodsburg, commanded by Jack Mattingly, and the Ladies Auxiliary there, generously donated to help a Mercer veteran family at Christmas. The post gave $350 in cash with a card and three large bags of food that included ham, biscuits, eggs, etc. Carpenters Christian Church of Harrodsburg bought presents for a teenager in a hospice family for both his birthday and Christmas.
Moreland United Methodist Church also gave two food baskets to hospice families.
Jack and Bo Little, two children, are shopping for an entire hospice family in Boyle County.


Heritage Hospice wants to serve deaf community
Nov. 26, 2013
Emily Toadvine, Heritage Hospice Community Liaison, recently worked with the Kentucky Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Frankfort, to create a video about hospice services. To see the video Click here

Golden Living room furnished by volunteers
Nov. 24, 2013

A soft green paint gives the room at Golden Living Center in Stanford a calming, welcoming effect. A cherry end table is positioned between two comfy chairs. Family photos — smiling granddaughters with hair bows — and a veteran’s appreciation certificate sit atop a cherry-stained chest of drawers with a leaf motif.
A flat-screen TV hangs on a wall. Tasteful mini-blinds allow the light to fill the room or be filtered out for sleeping.
The room resembles someone’s bedroom in their home in many ways but it actually is a recently remodeled Heritage Hospice room at Golden Living.
Decorating decisions were made by Heritage Hospice Volunteer Services Director Wendy Hellard. In 2009, Hellard decorated two rooms at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center and later one room at Fort Logan Hospital in Stanford for Heritage Hospice patients to use during a hospital stay.
A hospice room at Golden Living is equally important because 30 percent of Heritage Hospice’s patients are served in nursing facilities. Heritage Hospice Executive Director Janelle Wheeler’s main request of Hellard was that she create a home-like setting. “We are grateful for the collaboration with Golden Living. When the opportunity presented itself, Wendy and our wonderful volunteers embraced the idea. It was important to them to create an experience for the hospice patient and family like they would want if they were in a similar situation. We want not only our patients, but family and others important to them to have the space and comfort they need during this time.”
Hellard says she knew what she wanted to accomplish the minute she stepped into the room. “I wanted it to feel more like a home setting. I wanted furniture the family could use and be comfortable while spending time with their loved ones.”
Hellard enlisted several volunteers to help with painting and hanging pictures and other items on the walls. The volunteer department, which holds a May plant sale as a fundraiser, funded the project. A plaque on the wall recognizes the volunteers for their generosity.
One nice touch is that the chair becomes a bed so the family can stay overnight. Volunteer Tim Montgomery hung the flat-screen TV so the patient can lie in bed and view it.
“With the volunteers’ involvement we went right to work,” Hellard says. Hellard succeeded with her mission to create a cozy setting. “Family members have told me how much they appreciate the homey touches of the lamp and the nice TV. My goal was just to furnish the room and make it as comfortable for the family as possible and to bring things into the room that would make people feel happy.”
Golden Living Executive Director Kevin McCowan put the wheels in motion for the hospice patient priority room when he met a Heritage Hospice nurse at the door and asked her, “Where is the paint?” McCowan says he knew the value in having this type of room and it’s been great to see the end result.
“Our hospice room has given families the opportunity to enjoy time together and relish their moments. Having worked in hospice has given me an inside look at all the great benefits that hospice provides. We are hoping that this venture with Heritage Hospice will encourage the community to seek education on preparing for end of life. Hospice has provided a significant service to our residents and our families.”
Wheeler says staff members welcome the opportunity to share information about hospice services, grief support and the importance of advance directives.
Jacquie Smith, admissions and marketing director at Stanford’s Golden Living Center, says Golden Living provides many types of care for residents: rehabilitation, long-term care and end-of-life care. “Therefore having a good relationship with our hospice provider, Heritage Hospice, is very important. We are grateful to have a partner like Heritage Hospice to provide quality care to the residents as they approach end of life as well as their families. Having a designated hospice room for a resident is so important as it provides a comforting environment and privacy for family to spend the time desired with their loved one.”
Deb Talley, director of nursing at Golden Living Center, says she is thankful for all the support Heritage Hospice gives staff, residents and families. “Hospice staff provide palliative care by providing relief of symptoms during the end of life phase for our residents, including support for the families. We appreciate the medical services, emotional support, and spiritual resources hospice provides for our residents during the last stages of their serious illness. Hospice care also helps family members manage the practical details and emotional challenges of caring for a dying loved one. During end of life, Heritage Hospice and our staff at Golden Living work together to provide treatment in promoting comfort and improve our residents' quality of life.”

Veterans Event continues to set new records
Nov. 12, 2013

Heritage Hospice, Inc.’s 6th annual Veterans Appreciation Day set three new records — number attending, age of oldest veteran and number of World War II veterans.

The new attendance record is 1,458. That number includes 172 veterans who had never attended. In 2012, there were 1,342 veterans who registered at the event at Danville’s National Guard Armory.

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Another record was in the age of the oldest veteran recognized. Ernest “Ernie” H. Blanchet of Stanford received the honor. (Please see him in the photo above) The Navy World War II veteran is 100. Marine Walter Juteau of Danville, age 97, was the second oldest veteran attending.


This year, 63 World War II veterans registered and were recognized with a cap and a restaurant gift certificate.  In 2012, a record 56 attended.


Members of Masonic lodges Franklin No. 28 F&AM, Perryville 209, Lancaster No. 104 and Mercer No. 777 cooked cod and barbecue, slaw and beans for 2,000 people.

This type of event could not happen without the generosity of many sponsors.

Sponsors giving $500 and above are: American Legion Post 46, Boyle County Fiscal Court, City of Danville, Farmers National Bank, Heritage Hospice, Inc., National College, Franklin Masonic Lodge No. 28, Masonic Lodge No. 104 of Garrard County and the Walmarts in Stanford, Danville and Harrodsburg.

Indian Hill Christian Church was joined in providing desserts by The Faith Church, Redemption Road Church, West End Church of Christ and several other churches. Liquor Barn quenched the veterans’ thirst with the donation of 90 cases of soft drinks. The students at Danville Christian Academy served the food with the assistance of community leaders. Door prizes are a big part of the event and we thank everyone who contributed.

Anyone who would like to donate door prizes or financially support this tax-deductible event can mail items to: Atten: Veterans Appreciation Day Event, Heritage Hospice, Inc., P.O. Box 1213, Danville, Ky. 40423, bring them to the office at 120 Enterprise Drive in Danville, or call the hospice office at (859) 236-2425.

Members of the Veterans Committee work to ensure the event’s success. They are: Chairman Sharon Martin, George Arnold, Penny Brummett, Tom Bustle, Kevil Chinn, Jamey Gay, Jack Hendricks, Gerald Merriman, Jennifer Reed, Susan Salyers, Rick Schoebel, Kay Sheldon, Jim Talley and Emily Toadvine.

Boyle football team gives $2,500 to hospice
Nov. 10, 2013

Many thanks to the Boyle County Rebel football team for its $2,500 donation to Heritage Hospice child counseling programs. Heritage Hospice board member Deb Sebastian initiated the idea. Team members and parents, led by Irene Boures, sold Rebels With A Cause T-shirts to promote child cancer awareness. The black shirts had a gold ribbon as the "i" in "With," which is symbolic of children’s cancer.

Leshia Derringer, Heritage Hospice’s bereavement counselor, says funds from the T-shirts will be helpful as hospice immediately begins to work with children in the homes of patients and also offers support if there is a community need.

“It can be in the home, in the schools and any environment the child feels comfortable in,” Derringer says.

In 2012, the Rebels With a Cause sold T-shirts to promote breast cancer awareness. Sales of the gray T-shirts with a pink ribbon raised $2,500 for Freear’s Hope at the Commonwealth Cancer Center.

Great turnout for Business Over Coffee
Nov. 8, 2013
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We had a great turnout for our first Business Over Coffee. Members of Chamber of Commerces in our four-county service area attended. They enjoyed wonderful breakfast casseroles made by our staff and volunteers. Many thanks to Michelle Kovach and the Hub Coffee House for providing the delicious coffee. We had 57 people sign in. Our receptionist Trish Releford made a beautiful fall wreath that we gave as a door prize.

Welcome to our newest volunteers
Oct. 7, 2013

Heritage Hospice welcomed a new group of volunteers who took training Sept. 28. They are, from left to right: front row: Ginny Birney and Eileen McHugh, both of Danville; second row, Kim Hinkle-Harris of Lancaster and Alice Showalter, Valerie Crawford and Barbara Sylvan, all of Danville; and third row, Bruce Browning of Harrodsburg, Mark Averett of Danville, Keith Greer of Harrodsburg, Susan Groover of Danville and David Haack of Harrodsburg. Dennis Chatham of Danville also is a new volunteer but is not pictures.
The next training will be in the spring. Anyone interested in volunteering can learn more by calling Wendy Hellard, director of volunteer services, or Maureen Draut, volunteer services coordinator, at (859) 236-2425 or email or

Join the Conversation Project
Aug. 7, 2013
Most of us do not want to burden family members with making end-of-life decisions for us, yet most of us have never discussed our wishes for end of life care. The Conversation Project walks you through the process of making those decisions and sharing them with family. To learn more click here If you would like to have a Heritage Hospice speaker come to you to discuss the project, please call Emily Toadvine at (859) 236-2425.

Hospice helps with Relay for Life
June 21, 2013
Heritage Hospice staff helped with Lincoln County's Survivors Walk at their June 7 Relay for Life.
On Friday, June 28, staff will help at Boyle's Relay for Life at Millennium Park. We will help sell luminaries. See more photos in our photo gallery at Click here

Debbie Lowe, Boyle Relay for Life chairman and a 17-year cancer survivor, says the Boyle Relay strives for “green” effect with the luminaries it sells. A canned good and a glow stick are placed in the luminary bags. The canned goods later are donated to Harvesting Hope food pantry. Luminaries can be purchased for $5 each in honor or in memory of someone. Anyone wanting to donate canned goods or purchase luminaries can do that any Boyle Farmers National Bank location. Heritage Hospice staff will be selling them at the luminaries at the event.

Dr. Colin Raitiere, medical director of Heritage Hospice, Inc., and a family physician in this area for more than 30 years shares his story of discovering he had cancer.

Six years ago I was lying in bed with my infant granddaughter next to me. She was maybe 4 or 5 months old. She swung her arm out and hit me in the eye. I ended up with a pretty substantial injury and a lot of pain. Normally I would've tried to take care of the injury myself but the pain was so severe I knew I had to see an ophthalmologist pretty quickly even just for pain relief. The ophthalmologist quickly recognized that I had a tumor that needed to be addressed. Within several weeks I was seeing a specialist in Cincinnati, getting treatment for ocular melanoma.
I remember very well my first visit there. I was thinking, ‘He is going to tell me that I have cancer and my life is going to change after that.’ I wasn't exactly sure what that meant but I felt certain that things were going to be different. Ultimately, I was hospitalized for radiation treatments and I think everything has turned out well. I know the primary tumor is completely resolved but after an experience like that we never really let go of the feeling that it might return.
I remember thinking a lot about how I needed to live my life differently. I needed to make sure that I was doing exactly what I wanted to do to fully take advantage of the time that I had. I initially had thoughts about experiences I wanted to have, like travel, food — sensual things. But very quickly I realized that I was already living my life the way I wanted to. Part of the reason for that comes from an understanding that what is important in life is not really experiential.
We often talk about living life as though each day is our last, but that's really very difficult to do. I have found that what is most wonderful in life is always what is directly in front of me. There is as much wonderful in a sink full of dirty dishes as in the conversation of a friend or in the sound of leaves rustling in the wind. Of course I will often lose sight of that and find myself upset or angry about something. But it is easier now to let go of that emotion and also to forgive myself for getting upset.
My father, my mother and my brother all struggled with cancer. Ultimately, the issue is not the intrusion of that particular illness in your life but rather the need to think about death. Cancer is no more lethal than heart disease or advanced lung disease or dementia but it just seems to imply a finality that we are compelled to confront.
I have never participated in a Relay for Life event. I tend to be a pretty private person and really never wanted to be publicly viewed as a cancer patient. But over the past several years I thought it might be a good idea just to share with other people that I stand next to them.
Several years ago I was presented an opportunity to become the Heritage Hospice Medical Director. The opportunity came at just the right time for me. I naïvely thought that hospice care was just like conventional medicine but practiced at the end of life. I have since learned that the complexity of end of life care very much requires the participation of an entire team of providers including social workers, personal care aides, nurses and chaplains as well as physicians, and that the medical aspect of care is often very complex and difficult.
I learned also that the patient is not really the focus of care but more the patient along with their entire family. We are very fortunate to have in this area many very dedicated and experienced people providing care. I find myself learning every day from the people I work with.
When someone is given a cancer diagnosis the first interest is survival. But both patients and families are also facing other complex issues relating to family relationships, financial issues, and spiritual concerns as well as difficulties with symptoms related both to a diagnosis and side effects of treatment. Often, care is managed by a new physician, the oncologist, rather than the patient's lifelong personal physician. All of those issues often lead to a very profound and complex kind of suffering.
This area is fortunate to have oncologists who are very skilled in cancer care but also very much aware of the complexities of suffering of both patients and families. When treatment options have been completed, patients and families enter another often more difficult and final situation. In that context, hospice can help with difficult symptom issues as well as help both the patient and family deal with emotional, social and spiritual suffering.

Stuart Powell presents check from test drive event
June 24, 2013

Robert Cunningham, community manager with Stuart Powell Ford-Lincoln-Mazda, left, presents Heritage Hospice, Inc. staff with $6,000 check the agency received from an April Drive 4UR Community event. Heritage Hospice was allowed to receive $20 per test drive up to 300 test drives. Some of the people who helped with the event, from left, are: volunteer Jan St. Pierre, Heritage Hospice Development and Community Liaison Emily Toadvine, volunteer Geneva Hinds, Heritage Hospice Director of Business Operations Matt Baker and Heritage Hospice Billing Specialist Erika Perry.
Heritage Hospice ranks high in family satisfaction surveys
April 24, 2013
Heritage Hospice has been named a recipient of Deyta’s 1st Annual HOSPICE HONORS Award. Deyta is the company that helps Heritage Hospice with the surveys it does with families about their level of satisfaction with the care received. Hospice Honors is a prestigious, annual honor that recognizes the top 100 agencies that continuously provide the highest level of satisfaction through their care as measured from the caregiver’s point of view. Deyta chose the top 100 agencies based on Family Evaluation of Hospice Care (FEHC) survey results from more than 1,200 partnering hospice agencies contained in its FEHC database. The evaluation period was January through December 2012.
Deyta used the five key drivers of caregiver satisfaction as the basis of the Hospice Honors calculations. They are: "Would you reommend this hospice to others?"' hospice team responds to needs in evenings and weekends; overall patient care while under care of hospice; family was kept informed of patient's care; and patient's personal needs were taken care of.
Janelle Wheeler, Heritage Hospice executive director, credits the dedicated staff and volunteers at Heritage Hospice for their commitment to excellence and service of the mission of the organization for this honor.
"We strive to provide the best possible experience for the patient and family during the most difficult time," she says.

Chrissy Cummins, Heritage Hospice’s Director of Clinical Services, works closely with the surveys and patient satisfaction needs.  She credits the skill, commitment and passion of the clinical staff and volunteers for this honor.  “Heritage Hospice served 512 patients in 2012. ...  This staff and volunteers care for these people like they are their own family. They understand suffering and the difference quality of life bring — the incredible power of presence. They bring all they have to the patients and families of Heritage Hospice.  I couldn’t be more proud of their being recognized as a top hospice across this country.”

Other Kentucky hospices also ranked in the top 100. They are: Community Hospice in Ashland; Hosparus in Elizabethtown; Hospice East in Winchester; and Hospice of the Bluegrass in Care Centers in Lexington and Hazard.

H.O.P.E. motorcycle ride held for 14th year
April 30, 2013
The 14th annual H.O.P.E. motorcycle ride was held April 27 with the Raptors motorcycle club of Perryville leading the way.
H.O.P.E. stands for Helping Others Perceptions of End of Life Care.
The weather was cool and the threat of rain finally turned the group around before the planned course was completed.
American Legion's Caswell Saufley Post No. 18 of Stanford made sure the group was well fed at the end of the ride. Post Commander Lynn Young served up some of his famous cowboy beans while other post members cook burgers and hot dogs.
Thanks to all who braved the coolish weather and to our sponsors:
Royal Flush Sponsor: American Legion Post 345 of Stanford, American Legion Post 18 of Stanford; and the Raptors.
Full House Sponsors: American Legion Post 46 of Danville; American Legion Post 301 of Perryville; B & H Properties of Danville; Eagle Run Sales and Storage of Stanford; J.R. Baker Body Shop of Harrodsburg; LaFayette Engineering of Danville; R.R.Donnelley of Danville; Southern Charm of Liberty; VFW Post 3634 of Danville and Chills Quick Stop of Danville.
Straight Sponsors: Craig A. Butler, CPA of Danville; Edward Jones, Jerome Flynn financial adviser of Stanford; Godfather's Pizza of Lancaster; Preston-Pruitt Funeral Home of Danville; Stith Funeral Home of Danville; Studio Ink of Danville; Ultimate Thunder of Danville; and Wilson and Sons of Harrodsburg.
The first 50 to register received a T-shirt designed by Chad Sinkhorn of Studio Ink fame.
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Thanks for helping us reach the goal of 300 test drives
April 23, 2013

Whether we were tooling around in an Escape, an Edge, a Mustang, a Focus, F150 truck, a C-Max, Taurus, Festiva or a Flex, we had a great time at Stuart Powell Ford's Drive 4UR Community event April 20.
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For every test drive, Stuart Powell gave Heritage Hospice $20 up to $6,000. With the help of many people in the community and volunteers, staff and board members who acted as co-pilots, we succeeded in getting the maximum number of test drives.
No one was pressured to buy a car. It was total fun, especially watching Carolyn Robinson, Heritage Hospice finance director, sculpt balloon animals and cook up delicious hot dogs. Many people enjoyed the free hot dogs, chips and soft drinks as they stopped by.
Many thanks to volunteers Barbara McCumber, Jim Kelly, Pat Carpenter, Nancy Porter, Sarah Hall, Matt Roberts, Geneva Hinds, Jan St. Pierre, David and Sally Cochran and Sue Fowler; board member Don Carney and his son, Cody Boone; and staff Erika Perry, Chrissy Cummins, Janelle Wheeler, Carolyn Robinson, Matt Baker and Emily Toadvine.
Thanks so much to the dealership staff of Patti Powell, Stuart Powell, Robert Cunninham and Jamie Speake for your hard work.
Thanks for supporting Blue Jean Ball
April 23, 2013

Thank you for making our third annual Memorial Auction a success. We had a a great turnout with about 250 people attending the Blue Jean Ball at Pioneer Playhouse. We have this casual theme with the idea that Heritage Hospice provides comfort care, so put on your jeans and get comfy with us.

We feasted on delicious barbecue from Table 908 and desserts and coffee from the Hub Coffee House and Cafe.
When the silent auction ended, Carol Reed, a 21-year volunteer at Heritage Hospice, received the second annual Margaret E. Caldwell Spirit of Hospice Award.
Barbara Lockhart, whose family received the first ever award in 2012, helped Heritage Hospice Executive Director Janelle Wheeler present the award.
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Click here to see video about a family's thoughts on hospice and Carol Reed urging people to call about hospice care.

Our silent auction featured more than 100 items and our auctioneer Johnny Durham kept the bidders excited about the 10 featured live auction items.
DJ Tao got people on their feet, especially for The Wobble, one of the crowd's favorite line dances.
The Garden Club of Danville again created stunning table centerpieces using cowboy boots and our late spring offering of sunny yellow forsythia. This great group sold tickets for its May 11 spring garden tour.
We really appreciate all the enthusiasm of our guests. Those winning the live auction items are:
Whitaker Ballpark Suite for 12: Jon and Jan Walz and their friends will be humming a few bars of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" when they cash in on this winning bid.
Warehouse Dinner Party: Rental of Goggans Warehouse with a buffet dinner for 30 catered by Table 908's Lori Goggans and Jerry Houck. Alcoholic drinks are not included. Barbara Lockhart was the bid winner.
VIP Lounge Party: Appetizers for up to 20 people who can enjoy the view overlooking the stage at Eddie Montgomery's Steakhouse. Dinner, drinks, tax and gratuity are not included. Brian and Tracy Brozovic were the winners.
Las Vegas trip: A chance to bid on a two-night stay in a condo at Trump Towers in Las Vegas. Thanks Dr. Anjum Bux for your generosity. Ken and Margaret Clark were the winners.
A party with your friends: Lucky Dog Barbecue fans will be interested in a dinner for 30. Brad and Cindy Simmons know their barbecue. John and Bobbie Hancock were the winners.
A pool table: The big hearts at Aurora Spas, Pools and Pool Tables are donating an ash pool table valued at $2,500. Jim and Judy Gramstad are enjoying this beautiful table.
Hubble Meat Market beef:  If you love delicious Kentucky proud beef, you may want to bid on a $100 pounds of it donated by Hubble Meat Market, owned by Hal Akers.
There are going to be lots of other great items in our silent auction. Casey and Barb Duffy will be throwing the steaks on the grill.

A spicy dinner with friends: Six course dinner for 10 complete with 18 types of Cajun foods by Myrna Miller; sponsored by State Farm Insurance Agent Bob Miller. John and Samantha Master are dining with the Millers.

42-inch LCD Flatscreen TV: from Corning. The Masters again are the winners.

A Montana Getaway: 3-night stay at the beautiful and private Elkhorn View Lodge near Helena, Montana, as guests of Mark Runkle and Rebecca Ryland. Good through April 1, 2012. Chris and Susan Taylor will be enjoying the view in Montana.

We would like to recognize our generous sponsors:
Good Neighbor Pharmacy, United Structural Systems and Whitaker Bank
Atmos Energy; Community Trust Bank; Farmers
National Bank; Heritage Hospice Medical Director Dr. Colin Raitiere; New Moon Medical; Preston-Pruitt Funeral Home; and Stith Funeral Home.
Alexander and Royalty Funeral Home; Edward Jones, Joe Bunch financial adviser; Ramsey Funeral Home; Ransdell Funeral Chapel; Spectra Energy; Spurlin Funeral Home, Lancaster; and Spurlin Funeral Home, Stanford.
Central Kentucky Federal Savings Bank; Derringer Contracting; Dr. and Mrs. Naren James; Fox and Barnett and Demrow Funeral Homes; InterCounty Energy; McKnight Funeral Home; Powell-Walton-Milward; Sims Funeral Services; Smith-Jackson Funeral Home; Wilder Funeral Home; and W.L. Pruitt Funeral Home.

Thanks to planners:
The people who spent a lot of energy planning this event and asking for items for the auction are: Irene Bournes, Becky Compton, Doug Draut, Barb Duffy, Jerry Houck, Michelle Kovach, Teresa Martin, Myrna Miller, Betty Montgomery, Paul Purcell, Jennifer Reed, Bennie Thompson and Jan Walz.

We appreciate everyone's attendance and hope you mark your calendars for our event in April 2014.
For more information, please call Emily Toadvine at (859) 236-2425.
Volunteer training includes people from all four counties
March, 15, 2013
Heritage Hospice, Inc., recently held a volunteer training. Those who took the training are: Dolores Fegan of Lincoln County, Louise Spencer of Mercer County, Barb Kasak of Mercer County, Pat Logsdon of Mercer, Sherine Carter of Boyle County, and Drew Hartgrove of Mercer; Percy Spencer of Mercer, Bobbie White of Mercer, Jewell Brown of Mercer and Carroll Boatright of Boyle. Also, Diane Aldridge of Garrard County, Mary Ann Strunc of Boyle, Linda Flynn of Boyle, Melanie Caulder of Boyle, Stacy Evans of Boyle and Dot Stallard of Boyle; and second row, Bob Kirkpatrick of Lincoln, Mike Qualls of Mercer, Teri Gerlach of Boyle, Chuck Taylor of Boyle and Karen Bottoms of Mercer. Ella Johnson of Boyle is not shown. This generous group is willing to spare a few hours a week to help provide respite to caregivers by visiting with patients or doing clerical work and helping with fundraising events.


Medical director and staff earn certification
Dec. 18, 2012

Dr. Colin Raitiere, medical director at Heritage Hospice, Inc. has passed the American Board of Family Medicine’s Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification Examination. Dr. Raitiere, a physician with 35 years of experience, has been Heritage Hospice’s medical director for 3 ½ years. Two years of full-time experience in hospice work was required before he was eligible to take the exam.

“My object in pursuing board certification is to become as skilled as possible in palliative medicine,” Dr. Raitiere said.


Three staff members also recently earned certification. Social worker Ashley Moore has added Certified Social Worker to her Master's in Social Work degree. Registered nurses Leasa Spicer and Rebecca Baker have become Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse Certified.


Moore earned her master’s degree from Campbellsville University in May and took the state certification for certified social worker through the Kentucky Board of Social Work. A social worker for 9 ½ years, she has worked for Heritage Hospice for 4 ½.

She and her husband, Derrick, live in Perryville with their three children.


Spicer, a nurse for 12 years, has worked for Heritage Hospice for five years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Georgetown College and her associate nursing degree from Hazard Community and Technical College.

She and her husband, Don, live in Danville with their two sons, Zachary, 10, and Matthew, 7.


Rebecca Baker, a nurse for 7 ½ years, has worked with Heritage Hospice for 3 ½ years. She earned her registered nurse degree from Eastern Kentucky University. She is a Boyle County High School graduate. She and her husband, Lee, have four daughters.


Playing Santa for Heritage Hospice families
Dec. 18, 2012

Several people are playing Santa for Heritage Hospice families. A Danville group of women and one man are providing gifts for an 8-year-old. He and his mother live with his grandfather who is in hospice care. The emergency room at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center and money Heritage Hospice staff collected through a Biggest Loser Challenge is providing gifts for a mother of four who has cancer. We appreciate the community's generosity and support of our families at Christmas.


Handmade ornaments added to Celebration of Life service
November 20, 2012

Heritage Hospice, Inc.'s Celebration of Life Service was especially memorable this year thanks to the efforts of our volunteers. They presented families with handmade snowflake ornaments.


Jackie Lesperance led the way in crocheting the ornaments and others helped with the starching and painstaking task of tying colorful silk ribbons and a note to each one.


Heritage Hospice served 357 patients in 12 months. About 205 people attended the service at Lancaster Baptist Church.

Danny Jordan and his daughter, Madeline, performed. Jordan plays guitar and his daughter accompanies him on violin. Daryl Hodge, chaplain at Christian Care Center, was the speaker.


A reception with delicious food prepared by Heritage Hospice staff was held after the ceremony.


Veterans Appreciation Day held Nov. 12
November 15, 2012

Despite a downpour of rain, Heritage Hospice Inc.'s fifth annual Veterans Appreciation Day was a great success. The event continues to grow with 1,342 veterans attending at the Danville National Guard Armory.This number included 200 veterans attending for the first time.

Carlos Stull of Kings Mountain, age 97, once again was honored as the oldest veteran attending.

The event has grown every year. In 2011, the event had 1,286 veterans register including 68 veterans who had never attended.

World War II veterans were asked to come forward and there were 56 attending. They all received a cap and a $10 gift certificate to Cracker Barrel.

Barbecue was added to this year's menu and 500 sandwiches were served. The amount of fish served was doubled from last year. Members of Masonic lodges Franklin No. 28 F&AM, Perryville 209, Lancaster No. 104 and Mercer No. 777 cook the fish and prepare the barbecue and items. Indian Hill Christian Church was joined in providing desserts by Danville Church of God, Crossroads Christian Church, West End Church of Christ, The Faith Church and Redemption Road.

The students at Danville Christian Academy served the food with the assistance of community leaders. Boyle County Middle School student council members and Bate Middle School students also are involved. Boyle students collected napkins and put together all of the packages with condiments and napkins. Boyle and Bate students weathered the cold and rain to enthusiastically welcome the veterans with cheers and signs.

Door prizes are a big part of the event and we thank everyone who contributed. Anyone who would like to donate door prizes or financially support this tax-deductible event can mail items to: Atten: Veterans Appreciation Day Event, Heritage Hospice, Inc., P.O. Box 1213, Danville, Ky. 40423, bring them to the office at 120 Enterprise Drive in Danville, or call the hospice office at (859) 236-2425.


Cheerful pillowcases made for patients
Aug. 21, 2012

Boyle County Homemakers made pillowcases for Heritage Hospice, Inc. The colorful pillowcases will be given to hospice patients as day brighteners.


Homemakers involved in the project from left, are Rita Bloom, Jane Gessaman, Thelma Mills, Emma Tucker, Anita Jacobs and Nancy Huff. Anna Carpenter is not in the photo but also worked on the project. The homemakers made about 30 pilowcases and mostly completed them in two days.


For information about joining Boyle County Homemakers, call Joyce Zinner at (859) 236-1387.

Norfolk Southern Railroad awards grant
Aug. 10, 2012

Jimmy Rice, chairman of Norfolk Southern Railroad’s Safety Committee for the Danville yard, presents a $1,000 check to Emily Toadvine, Heritage Hospice Inc.’s community relations and development coordinator.

The money is from a Norfolk Southern discretionary grant which the railroad awards annually to support non-profit organizations.

The Safety Committees often are in charge of grant applications.

Heritage Hospice, a non-profit serving Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer counties, applied for the grant to buy a camera and camera equipment.

You voted, we won
Aug. 1, 2012

Heritage Hospice wants to say a huge thank you to everyone who voted July 24 on Facebook in Toyota's 100 Cars For Good competition. Your support made all the difference. We were in a close race with one of the other agencies competing on that day and by voting and asking your friends to vote, we won.

It will be another five months before we receive our Toyota but we look forward to putting it to good use.

The program is continuing and there are lots of deserving agencies if you want to check in and continue to vote. The competition in which Toyota is giving away 100 cars to 100 nonprofits in 100 days. continues until Aug. 21. Each day, five organizations compete for the car.

Below if a link to our video and to the 100 Cars for Good site.

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Balloons released at Pioneer Playhouse
July 20, 2012

Heritage Hospice, Inc. had a balloon release in honor of the late Holly Henson before the July 19 performance of "Bottoms Up" at Pioneer Playhouse. July 19 would have been Henson's 52nd birthday.

Many of the 110 people attending the performance were wearing pink to recognize Henson's fight against breast cancer. A severe storm dictated that the play be staged indoors, but Henson's family and friends released pink balloons and yellow ones since that was one of her favorite colors.



Help for children coping with grief
June 7, 2012

Kids Can Cope grief support group met June 6 and another session was held July 18 at Heritage Hospice, 120 Enterprise Drive.

This group for ages 6 to 12 offered therapeutic activities and games dealing with loss and grief. The support group was free and a light lunch was provided.

Heritage Hospice continues to offer specialized grief support to this age group. For more information, call Leshia Derringer or Joy Grafton at (859) 236-2425.

Volunteer wins state honor
June 20, 2012

As a Heritage Hospice volunteer for 15 years, Martha Grigsby is used to spending time with people who are seriously ill. Recently, the tables were turned for Grigsby as she faced her own health crisis.

The 67-year-old Danville woman has been battling breast cancer and recently completed 38 rounds of radiation.

“(The cancer) was very small and they caught it by the mammogram,” says Grigsby, who is known for her calm demeanor.

Despite all the worries on her own mind, the day before Grigsby’s radiation treatments started, she called her hospice patient to check on her needs. Although Grigsby surely had many of her own loose ends to tie up, she went grocery shopping for the patient.
 “I’m a person that doesn’t know when to sit down,” she says.

Her dedication to her volunteer role was one of the reasons Grigsby recently received the Kentucky Association of Hospice and Palliative Care’s Above and Beyond Award. A silver tray with horses engraved on it is displayed in the living room of her home. She was honored May 11 during a luncheon at the association’s state meeting at the Hilton in Lexington.

Wendy Hellard, director of volunteer services for Heritage Hospice, says Grigsby has a knack for knowing what to do and how to do it.

“I feel honored to work with Martha. She is dedicated to making a difference to her patients and family that she works with. There are people who give us confidence and direction. They help us to understand what’s important in life and that person is Martha,” says Hellard, who notes that Grigsby is a familiar face to people who shop at Heritage Hospice’s annual Mother’s Day weekend plant sale.


Art sale benefits hospice
June 4, 2012

Scott May, son of the late artist A. Jack May, dropped by Heritage Hospice to present a $3,600 check to Executive Director Janelle Wheeler, right, and Chrissy Cummins, director of clinical services. The money was raised at a May 12 sale of May's work.


Scott May knew his artist father, A. Jack May, did not wish to have a funeral.

“He was adamant that it was too much fuss. I told him, ‘Dad, you’re kind of cheating people out of coming and paying their respects.’”


Scott May finally came up with a plan that his dad agreed to. Once Scott May suggested a sale of May’s work to benefit Heritage Hospice and the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society, May says his father was in favor. Heritage Hospice held a special place in A. Jack May’s heart because staff cared for his wife, Delia “Billie” May.


“You all took care of Mom. It helped Dad a lot,” Scott May recalls.


The humane society was the other logical choice because May, who died Jan. 25 at age 85, loved animals.


Scott May set May 12 at Old Crow Inn Winery as the big day for the sale. It was a major undertaking to transport the work of the prolific painter to the winery. It also was an emotional one. May says it tugged at his heart as he removed the work from the walls of his father’s Danville home.


A. Jack May was known for his drawings of several of Boyle County’s historical buildings. He started with pen and ink drawings and then added watercolor.


“He would go back and hand-color them individually,” says Scott May.


When people learned about the sale, they came from far and near. Scott May says one man made sure he came after learning that A. Jack May had done prints of Fort Logan.

“He was chomping at the bit to get in the door.”


Many people shared stories of their relationship with the art. He heard stories of buildings and bridges long gone.


“It was interesting to hear all the connections people had with his paintings,” Scott May says.


One painting contained several hidden animals and a woman gave $550 for it.

“She said, ‘I’ve got to have this because he always brought this to art class and told us to find the animals.’”


Scott May, who is a sergeant with the Lexington Police Department, draws some, but leans toward photography as his art form. His work can be viewed at his website,


He notes that painting was like therapy for his father.


“He used it as his escape hatch. Whenever he needed to escape, he would go out and sling some paint.”


The money May donated will be used for hospice care and the Transitions program, which offers support to patients still receiving curative treatment.

May was satisfied with the response to his art sale and that it had met his objective of honoring his father.


“I knew I was going to make it a celebration of his life.”


For anyone who missed the sale, May did keep originals and says he is considering making reprints and cards.