Organization and the New Year!

January 13, 2016
by Susan Sanders, Community Relations Director awr-guh-nuh-zey-shuh – the process of forming into a whole consisting of interdependent or coordinated parts, especially for united action or to systematize or to give structure to…. No matter how you spell it out or define it, organization is one of the most beautiful words in the English language!
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There is something about this place that keeps drawing me back here...

January 7, 2016
by Ellen Jones, Intern This past summer I did a marketing internship with Hospice of Marshall County – Shepherd’s Cove (HMC – SC). Hospice care has nothing to do with my college major and I wasn’t paid any money, but I loved my experience so much that I’m spending some of my precious Christmas Break
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Christmas Wishes…

December 22, 2015
by Vickie Watson, Community Relations Specialist Sometimes I want to shout from the rooftops just how amazing our staff is when it comes to caring for our patients. One of our Hospice Care Assistants recently came into my office grinning from ear-to-ear to show me a photo she had taken. Now, this was not just
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The Sweetest Thing

December 16, 2015
Having been an employee of Hospice of Marshall County – Shepherd’s Cove as a Team Secretary in the inpatient facility for over four years, I gained a unique perspective. One of the most heartbreaking things for me was to hear someone say they felt like by choosing hospice care that they were “giving up” on
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Christmas Shoes

December 9, 2015
by Susan Sanders, Community Relations Director Ladies, this is a blog specifically for you. I’m not sure the guys would understand. (I know… I know… I risk being called sexist for that comment, but here goes anyway!) It has come to my attention that every woman needs a pair of red shoes. Preferably heels! Something
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Obstacles in Hospice Care…

December 2, 2015
by Malarie Allen, Development Coordinator With slow and declining funding from Medicaid, hospice organizations and related healthcare entities statewide must band together to secure the future of hospice care in Alabama, according to Dave White, health policy advisor to Gov. Robert Bentley. White visited Hospice of Marshall County – Shepherd’s Cove last month, where Shepherd’s
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A Thankful Heart

November 25, 2015
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist As we approach Thanksgiving this year, I am beginning to discover there is a difference between giving thanks and having a thankful heart. Here at Hospice of Marshall County – Shepherd’s Cove, we often hear and receive words of thanks from the families we are honored and privileged
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Reflections on Camp HOPE

November 19, 2015
by Malarie Allen, Development Coordinator One of my favorite books to read with my son is “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” The book’s main character wakes up grumpy and every little aspect of the day seems to go wrong. I didn’t see any “Alexanders” at our Camp HOPE last week.
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Stars and Stripes Tribute

November 11, 2015
by Malarie Allen, Development Coordinator The call came through the speakers loud and clear, like the sound of “Taps” in a mournful farewell. “Stars and Stripes Tribute in Shepherd’s Cove.” In mere minutes, the hallway of Shepherd’s Cove, Hospice of Marshall County’s inpatient facility, was lined with family members, friends and Hospice of Marshall County
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I miss my mother!

November 5, 2015
By Susan Sanders, Community Relations Director For those of you who have lost someone important in your life, you may have experienced those days where for seemingly no reason, you get an overwhelming sense of loss and sadness. Yesterday was one of those days for me. I missed my mother. As I got out of
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What Happens When You Sleep on the Cold Hard Ground…

October 28, 2015
by Vickie Watson, Community Relations Specialist A couple of weeks ago, I went on a camping trip with my family. We knew it would be chilly, sleeping in a tent, so I prepared for the trip by packing air mattresses, a portable heater, and lots of extra blankets. I thought I was adequately prepared. That
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Back to the future

October 21, 2015
by Susan Sanders, Community Relations Director For those of you who are familiar with the movie set in 1985, Back to the Future II, you know that when Doc and Marty traveled to the future, they arrived on today’s date, Oct 21, 2015!   During the making of the film, they came up with some predictions
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I have to say these things……..

October 8, 2015
by Susan Sanders, Community Relations Director This morning as I was looking for something in my jewelry drawer, I came across the three page (front and back!) instructions I received from my daughter the first time I kept my firstborn grandson overnight. I’m so glad I saved them. Here are just a few of the
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

October 1, 2015
by Vickie Watson, Community Relations Specialist Well, maybe not at the moment. But it is at Hospice of Marshall County’s Holiday Shoppe which opened today (October 1st) at the Crossroads Mall in Albertville. The Holiday Shoppe is open every week, Thursday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., from now until December 19th. There are
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Caregiving is Hard - How Can We Help?

September 23, 2015
by Rhonda Osborne, Chief Executive Officer Not long ago my soon to be 12- year old grandson and I were discussing getting older. We talked about not only his getting older but also me getting older. He turned to me and said, “Nana, I’ll take care of you.” That comment touched my heart. To him,
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All I Can Say is Thank You for Caring!

September 18, 2015
by Vickie Watson, Community Relations Specialist This week marked the 17th Annual Day of Caring for United Way of Marshall County and was it ever a doozy! It was a record breaking event with approximately 440 people in attendance at the Campaign Kickoff breakfast. There were over 500 volunteers from 57 companies in Marshall County
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It is sometimes easy to forget about the kindness that humans are capable of...

September 9, 2015
by Ellen Jones, Intern Most of my friends were incredibly confused when I told them that I was doing a summer internship with a hospice. “But Ellen, you’re a political science major! What are you even going to be doing there? Won’t that be really depressing?” Two months later, I don’t know how I could
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A Life Touching a Life…

September 2, 2015
by Vickie Watson, Community Relations Specialist Over the past few weeks I have had the privilege of serving as a United Way Loaned Executive. In that capacity, I have the opportunity to go to various companies and talk about the impact giving has on lives. When a person makes a donation to a non-profit agency
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Are Computers Really Human?

August 26, 2015
by Susan Sanders, Community Relations Director Do you ever feel as if your computer has a personal vendetta against you? Or that they take on human characteristics and can sense when you are in a hurry and need a document RIGHT NOW!?!?!?!!?? Just yesterday, I powered up my computer to add agenda items for a
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A Personal Grief Journey...

August 19, 2015
by Annah Grace Morgan, Foundation Director My Granddaddy would have been 90 years old on Monday. We lost him to lung cancer 3-1/2 years ago. With all of the “Spirit of 45” celebrations last week, my heart has been aching for my American hero, my strongest connection to the Greatest Generation. My granddaddy was a
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The “Spirit of 45” is still alive!

August 13, 2015
by Ann German, Bereavement Assistant I was thrilled to participate in the 70th anniversary celebration event held at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville with my husband, a WWII vet. We were honored to travel with World War II Vets and their family members by bus to the event. Senator Clay Scofield sponsored
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Race to Remember registration is now open!

August 10, 2015
We’re excited to announce that registration for the Race to Remember 5K is now open at Jump on board early to take advantage of upcoming race related events and contests. Now is also the time to started building your team and fundraising. This year’s race will again take place at Albertville High School’s Coliseum
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Identity Theft – ANYONE CAN BE A TARGET!

August 5, 2015
by Vickie S. Watson, Public Relations Specialist   Hospice of Marshall County’s Planned Giving Council hosted a lunch and learn today on the topic of how to protect yourself from identity theft. The information provided would be useful to anyone and everyone – as this is a growing crime which can cost you a great
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What Does Shopping Have to Do With Hospice Care?

July 30, 2015
by Susan Sanders, Community Relations Director I was talking to someone last week at a Senior Health Fair about shopping at Thrift Stores.  The comment the person made was, “I can never find what I need when I go to a Thrift Store.”  My response was, “That’s your problem…you don’t go thrift shopping to find
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Music Truly Does Soothe the Soul

July 23, 2015
by Vickie Watson, Public Relations Specialist Today, I had the distinct honor of attending the Countywide Gospel Singing for all of the Marshall County Senior Citizen Centers. What a joy it was to be in a room full of precious folks I consider my friends. I was invited to sing with the Guntersville Senior Center,
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Thrift “Shoppe-ing”

July 17, 2015
by Susan Sanders, Community Relations Director I love Thrift Store shopping. Always have! I’ve been known to get up early on a Saturday morning and hop from yard sale to Thrift Store to yard sale. You never know what is just around the block that you JUST have to have! At one time, I thought,
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Fun at Our Area Senior Centers

June 30, 2015
by Vickie Watson, Public Relations Specialist One of my absolute favorite aspects of my job is visiting with the local Senior Citizens Centers. Every month I visit with seniors in Marshall and Etowah counties just to have some FUN. There are times we play BINGO, have penny auctions, or sing old familiar hymns, but the
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Heart of Hospice Award

May 11, 2015
2015 Heart of Hospice Award Recipient The 2015 Heart of Hospice recipient, Jamie Gore has been referred to as a “quiet GIANT” for HMC for 20 years. “I believe that God directs our paths and as such, I believe it was destined for Hospice of Marshall County’s and Jamie Gore’s paths to cross – not
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Gayle's Garden Comes to Fruition

May 11, 2015
How wonderful to see the new landscaping addition to Gayle’s Garden done by the Marshall County Leadership Challenge Class of 2015. For those of you who have been with a loved one at Shepherd’s Cove, you know there are times when you just stare out the window, thinking of nothing and thinking of everything. To
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Community Camp HOPE

May 9, 2015
Losing a loved one is hard at any age, but for a child, the grief can be impossible to navigate. Hospice of Marshall County (HMC) has helped many children through the grieving process with Camp Hope, a one day grief camp for children who participate in HMC’s in-school bereavement program. But on May 9th, for
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HMC Receives Grief Reach Grant

April 29, 2015
by Susan Sanders, Community Relations Director We hear so many bad things in the news these days it causes us to think, “What is the world is this world coming to…”  Just when I’m tempted to concentrate on this depressing thought, I am reminded of the generosity of good folks and large corporations that see
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Volunteers Make A Difference

April 17, 2015
by Vickie Watson, Public Relations Specialist I had the distinct honor of sitting in on an interview with the Sand Mountain Reporter of one of our faithful volunteers, Shirley Lybrand. I have known Shirley for several years, but my experience with her was always her willingness to help fold the 2,000+ quarterly newsletters HMC published.
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HMC Employees Appointed to Medicaid Committee

March 27, 2015
Small Town, USA sometimes gets slammed as not having quality, professionals like the big cities, but I can tell you this does not hold true with Hospice of Marshall County! Stormy Dismuke, Chief Nursing Officer, and Marie Creel, Billing Specialist, are known for their expertise and professionalism, so much so, they were asked to assist
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