Some of you may remember when Hospice of Frederick County affiliated with
FMH Hospice Services in 1997. This created a single entity for the delivery
of hospice services in Frederick County, making it easier for those in
need to know when, where and how to seek care. Since then, as before,
your generous donations have ensured that the wide range of non-reimbursable
services that distinguishes our hospice care from so many others is available
to every patient and family, regardless of ability to pay.
Over the past 22 years, this has proven again and again to have been the
right decision. We have nearly tripled in size, caring for 1,279 patients
last year alone. With your support, we have launched Music Therapy, a
veterans program, and enhanced our pediatric hospice services. Our bereavement
program has grown to include even more individual counseling, as well
as additional support for those whose loved ones died from suicide or
drug overdose. We provide grief support for perinatal and infant loss,
and have added an additional camp for children who are learning to cope
with the loss of a loved one.
On October 1, 2019, Hospice of Frederick County will make another change
to position ourselves for the future and strengthen our ability to provide
comprehensive patient and family care to those facing life-limiting illness.
As Frederick Regional Health System changes its name to Frederick Health,
we will join its other affiliates in simplifying our name as well. Rather
than “Hospice of Frederick County, an affiliate of Frederick Regional
Health System,” we will simply be known as “Frederick Health
You can be confident that nothing else will change. The dollars you donate
to us will continue to be used exclusively to provide care, comfort, and
hope to your friends and neighbors in the Frederick community facing life-limiting
illness. With your faithful support, we will continue to provide the fullest
range of supportive care possible for members of this community facing
one of life’s most difficult passages without regard for their ability to pay.