Local Non-Profit Hospice Celebrates 30 Years of Service

 

This year marks 30 years of care delivered to the terminally ill, their family members and the grieving in the community. This milestone anniversary presents a unique occasion for the Hospice & Palliative Care of Washington County to celebrate its history of extraordinary care, compassion and commitment and to honor community members for their role in forming Hospice & Palliative Care of Washington County, a non-profit organization that provides support and care for patients and families in 5 counties.

Two key leaders will be recognized for their faithful dedication and service to the mission of our hospice, Gerald Gibbs, MD and Kay Kirkbride BSN.

Dr Gibbs, local oncologist, has been the Medical Director of Hospice & Palliative Care of Washington County for over 25 years. His dedication to educating the staff, volunteers and community about end of life issues has benefited many individuals. He and his wife, Shelie, have contributed countless hours to ensure this hospice would flourish to serve the community.

Kay Kirkbride, BSN, started out as the nursing coordinator for what was then the Mary Ann Nimmo Hospice. She has since held various volunteer roles as the volunteer trainer, board member and is currently the president of the board of directors. Kay has been truly committed to this organization from inception and has been a loyal advocate through all the years of change and growth, shepherding it along with her wisdom and devotion.

The community is invited to join special emcee Jeff Gianola KOIN Local 6, in honoring these key individuals at the 30th Anniversary Celebration at the Oregon Zoo Cascade Crest Banquet Center on October 19, 2012. Social hour begins at 6:30 PM and dinner/program begins at 7:15 PM.  Single Tickets are $75, table sponsorships (10 guests) are available, please call Gwen Schwartz (gwen@hospicewc.org) for more information. You can register on line at www.hospicewc.org/celebration or call or call 1-888-968-9565 for more information.

The event planning committee is asking for photos or stories (could remain anonymous) to be included in historical displays/marketing pieces. If your loved one was served by HPCWC and you’re willing to share your photos or stories please contact Liz Fischer (liz@hospicewc.or, or 888-968-9565) for more information.