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Thank You Veterans

Veterans Day – We Must Never Forget

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Gilchrist hosts celebrations honoring veterans at residential care facilities across the region. Veterans Day can be traced back to World War I. The Armistice went into effect at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. That is the origin of Veterans Day, which is celebrated on November 11. Veterans … Read More

National Hospice & Palliative Care Month

What Hospice Care Means to Patients and Their Families

Friday, November 1, 2019

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month — a time to celebrate the care that helps patients and family caregivers find comfort, respect and support when they’re needed most. This year’s theme is “Hospice: A Program that Works,” and Gilchrist is joining the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and others across the … Read More

therapy dog Cherish in training

Gilchrist’s Own Homegrown Therapy Dog

Friday, October 25, 2019

Meet Cherish, a 14-week-old Labrador Retriever who has become the most popular new team member at Gilchrist! Cherish (named by the Gilchrist staff) will be raised in the organization to ultimately greet patients and visitors at Gilchrist Center Towson as our very own therapy dog! What is a Therapy Dog? Therapy dogs are dogs trained … Read More

Spiritual Care Week, Spiritual and Pastoral Care Week

Rooted in Faith – Gilchrist’s Thriving Spiritual Care Practice

Friday, October 18, 2019

In honor of Spiritual Care Week, we offer this perspective from a Gilchrist hospice chaplain. I left a patient’s room laughing the other day. She and I laughed throughout the visit. She was smart, with a natural aptitude for using words and ideas in a quick and inventive way. Not only did we spar with … Read More

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

Gilchrist Celebrates World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day October 12, 2019, is World Hospice and Palliative Care Day. On this day, Gilchrist will unite with organizations and individuals around the world to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care. Nearly 1.5 million Medicare beneficiaries use hospice each year, receiving care and support at the end of life. … Read More

Gilchrist nurse, hospice

Sacred Moments: When There Are No Words to Comfort, Silence Is Enough

Friday, September 27, 2019

When I get the call that a pediatric hospice patient has died, it’s never an easy moment. No matter how many times it happens, sadness immediately sweeps over me, and sometimes there are no words to comfort. Many times, they are families I have never even met. That is why when I walk through the … Read More

Lacy Kidwell

“Someday, We’ll Meet Again.”

Friday, September 20, 2019

Honoring a patient’s choice to share their music therapy experience with others. It comes as no surprise that, when we hear music—good music, familiar music, music that is relatable, we often find ourselves singing along or tapping our feet, perhaps even being curious enough to locate the source of the music. This “pied-piper” effect is … Read More

Taste of Howard County casino night

Why I Support Gilchrist’s Taste of Howard County

Friday, September 13, 2019

It is my honor to support Gilchrist’s 2019 Taste of Howard County this year as event co-chair. As President and co-owner of the Harry H. Witzke’s Family Funeral Home in Ellicott City, I have been touched by hospice both personally and professionally. Working closely with Gilchrist to serve the community in such a special way … Read More

Hospice Child Life Specialist

What It’s Like to Be a Hospice Child Life Specialist

Friday, September 6, 2019

As a hospice child life specialist, I work with seriously ill children, their siblings or any other young people impacted by a child’s illness and impending death. I am one of two child life specialists at Gilchrist Kids. An experience I had as a child helped shape my career as a child life specialist. When … Read More