Thursday, October 13, 2016

Running for The House

Gilchrist Hospice has helped so many individuals and families through the end of life.  The Gilchrist team not only delivers world class medical care to patients in their final days, but they also provide the emotional and spiritual support needed through the bereavement process.  One of the things that continues to impress me is how every staff member and volunteer at Gilchrist Hospice has an unwavering dedication to gracefully guiding patients and families in their final journey together. The GBMC system and our community are very lucky to have Gilchrist to help individuals complete their lives with dignity and on their terms.

Gilchrist is the largest hospice in Maryland and is repeatedly recognized nationally for its work. Almost two years ago, the Joseph Richey House, a 19-bed inpatient center that since 1987 has been serving patients in Baltimore City by providing residential, acute and respite care, was acquired by Gilchrist. Joseph Richey was failing financially, in large part because it was serving the poor. We acquired it because it was the right thing to do, but now we must raise the funds to cover its operating expenses not covered by insurance or patient payments.

So, this Saturday, I am participating as part of a four-person marathon relay team in the Baltimore Running Festival with approximately 100 other runners.  The funds we will raise are in support of the Joseph Richey House and the outstanding care that is provided there.

I want to thank all of our employees, volunteers, patients and supporters of GBMC Healthcare who are participating in the Festival and helping to raise awareness of the great work at Joseph Richey.

So please support RunGBMC, and join us in raising money for The Joseph Richey House and giving back to our community. If you want to lend financial support please click on this link

Thank you for your generosity!

2016 Healthcare Security and Safety WeekPlease join me in recognizing all members of our GBMC security staff as this week is Healthcare Safety and Security Week (Oct. 9-15).  This is a good time to celebrate the work of our security and safety professionals in serving our healthcare facilities, personnel, visitors and patients.

The GBMC security team can be seen walking or stationed throughout our medical center from the emergency department to labor and delivery.  Our security and safety officers meet the challenge every day to keep all of us safe at GBMC. They are vital members of the healthcare team and we cannot be successful without them.

Please join me in thanking our security staff for their hard work and for their strong commitment and the diligence they display in the practice of their profession.

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