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2019 Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration

Gilchrist Celebrates Veterans in Our Community

Friday, May 24, 2019

May is Military Appreciation Month, and with Memorial Day right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to thank and honor all the men and women who have served our country. Many of Gilchrist’s patients have served in the military, and Gilchrist is dedicated to meeting their unique needs at the end of life. Gilchrist … Read More

World Diversity Day

Gilchrist Celebrates World Diversity Day

Friday, May 17, 2019

World Diversity Day is May 21, and Gilchrist is planning an organization-wide celebration. All year long, Gilchrist embraces diversity, inclusion and equity in all that we do. When effectively understood and integrated into our care, diversity enhances the experience of patients and their families. That’s why, years ago, Gilchrist formed an employee-led Diversity Council to … Read More

Jewish hospice

Laid to Rest in the Jewish Tradition

Friday, May 10, 2019

For Syuzanna Alexander and Iolana Klotsman, family is everything. The two sisters and their mother had been inseparable since they emigrated from Ukraine to the U.S. in 1979. Syuzanna describes their relationship as “beautiful and special,” and says their mother, Alexandra, was “embedded in our lives in every way.” The three even lived together as … Read More

Gail Blackburn, Gilchrist's Associate Clinical Director of Home Care/Facility Based Care

Sometimes, nurses play cards…

Friday, May 3, 2019

Every so often a perfectly timed event opens new possibilities. That’s how I felt about recent statements made by Washington State Senator Maureen Walsh. As you’ve probably heard, Senator Walsh said that nurses “probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day” during a Senate floor debate about mandatory meal and rest breaks. As … Read More

W. Anthony Riley, MD - Gilchrist Chief Medical Officer - Serious Illness

Talking with Your Doctor if You Have a Serious Illness

Friday, April 12, 2019

If you have a serious illness, making decisions about your medical care can be quite tricky. Treatments that may be safe and effective for healthier patients may have different benefits, risks, and even burdens for you. Take a few minutes at each of your medical visits to strengthen your understanding of your condition and the … Read More

Jazz Brunch

Gilchrist Jazz Brunch: A Special Event for a Special Place

Friday, March 29, 2019

Each year, Gilchrist holds a memorable Spring Jazz Brunch to benefit Gilchrist Center Baltimore. As the city’s only inpatient hospice, Gilchrist Center Baltimore is a remarkable place that serves hundreds of people in Baltimore every year, regardless of their ability to pay. Care for Baltimore’s Most Vulnerable Originally established as the Joseph Richey House in … Read More

Beth Solomon, Gilchrist Child Life Specialist

The Power of a Smile

Friday, March 15, 2019

A smile can tell worlds about a person’s state of mind. Smiles communicate joy, hope and general well-being. In one sense, the job of a Gilchrist child life specialist is to elicit those smiles. A smile can convey not only happiness and comfort, but also a reprieve from sadness, distress or even pain. And since … Read More

Social Work Month - Portable Hugs

Portable Hugs and Gilchrist Social Workers Ease Emotional Distress

Friday, March 1, 2019

March is National Social Work Month There are many people to be honored during Social Work Month. Say social worker and many people think of homeless shelters, adoption agencies, welfare offices and hospitals. But you also find social workers at student counseling centers, employee assistance programs, on disaster relief teams, and here at Gilchrist. As … Read More

Compassionate Caregivers

Honoring Compassionate Caregivers at Gilchrist

Friday, February 22, 2019

Gilchrist is well known for compassionate caregivers. Each year, exceptional Gilchrist and GBMC staff and volunteers are honored with the Nancy J. Petrarca Compassionate Caregiver Award. This year, 31 Gilchrist staff and volunteers were nominated for the award, and Gilchrist Kids volunteer Tara Archer was named a top five finalist out of a pool of … Read More

End-of-Life Doula

End-of-Life Doulas: Companions for the Dying

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Most people are familiar with the concept of birthing doulas—someone who provides guidance and support to pregnant women—but have you ever heard of an end-of-life doula? What is an end-of-life doula? Just as a birthing doula accompanies the mother and child through the beginning of life, an end-of-life doula is there to support the dying … Read More