Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

March 15, 2012

Settling in: Hospice personnel embrace the space of new offices

ASHLAND — After sharing cubicle spaces and telephones for years, Community Hospice volunteers and employees are finding room to call their own at their new offices at 1480 Carter Ave.

“We have about 65 people who work here daily and many others who are in and out for different meetings and things like that,” said Susan Hunt, executive director.

Hunt said the new office space gives employees and volunteers a centralized location with easy access to King’s Daughters Medical Center and Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, as well as patients in Ohio or in areas such as Martin and Johnson counties along U.S. 23.

“It was important for us to stay close and be easy to find,” she said.

Hunt said everyone with a cubicle or office in the new building has already embraced the space while still learning their way around.

“We are trying to familiarize ourselves with where everything is located ... the thermostats and phone jacks and computer connections,” she said with a chuckle. “We love it. The staff is thrilled because at Central Avenue, you wouldn’t know this unless you worked there, but our clinical staff had four or five people sharing a cubicle and a telephone.”

The move into the new space began last week and was complete within roughly 24 hours, said Hunt, adding the facility cost nearly $3 million.

“The building is paid for. We have been good stewards of our money and stayed in tight quarters until we knew we could pay for what we wanted to do,” Hunt said.

“In our planning we wanted to be sure to meet current and potential future needs. Hospice care has grown unbelievably. We have consistently grown every year for the past 20 years,” she said, noting calculations predicting 5 percent to 6 percent growth in coming years as members of the baby boom generation seek assistance and deal with end-of-life concerns.

Community Hospice provides services to 160 patients a day in Boyd, Greenup, Carter, Elliott, Lawrence, Johnson and Martin counties in Kentucky, as well as Lawrence and Scioto counties in Ohio, relying upon 120 employees and 180 volunteers. Hunt said future considerations for programs may include issues and resources for expanded bereavement counseling and support groups, along with palliative care.

“We always need volunteers,” Hunt said.

For more information, visit chospice.org or call (606) 329-1890.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2651.

Text Only
Local News
  • Stumbo questions Noah’s Ark incentives, backs off on expanded gambling

    Democratic Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo on Wednesday questioned the constitutionality of state incentives for a Noah’s Ark tourist attraction in Grant County.

    July 30, 2014

  • Night Moves for First Friday

    A chance to enjoy an evening run through the streets of Ashland will be among the things to do during the First Friday ArtWalk and Downtown Live for August in downtown Ashland from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.

    July 30, 2014

  • ‘Arts in the Vines’ will be in conjunction with U.S. 60 Yard Sale

    Offering a different taste of life in Carter County, the owners of RockSprings Winery are inviting locals and visitors to the U.S. 60 Yard Sale to spend some time in their vineyards during the first “Arts in the Vines” from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday.

    July 30, 2014

  • Grimes zeroes in on women’s issues with latest ad

    Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is out with a third television ad posing questions from Grimes’ supporters to Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

    July 30, 2014

  • UPDATE: OEA to investigate Fairview

    State education investigators were scheduled to arrive in the Fairview school district this morning to interview school officials.
    Superintendent Bill Musick on Wednesday confirmed that two teams of investigators from the state Office of Educational Accountability will interview him and other officials.
    Others to be interviewed include school board members, council members of Fairview High and Fairview Middle schools, finance director Ernie Sharp and pupil personnel director Brant Creech.
    Interviews will be conducted at the high school and the middle school.
    The nature of the inquiry is unclear, because the OEA doesn’t release information on its investigations other than final reports.
    Musick said the OEA hadn’t told him what the investigation is about. “I don’t know a single question they’re going to ask,” he said. He said such visits are “not unusual.”
    Other sources say complaints have been lodged with the OEA about a number of irregularities, and that the OEA will examine Musick’s status and whether the board acted illegally in February when it rescinded its acceptance of his resignation.
    Musick had announced his retirement and tendered his resignation in the wake of a separate investigation by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association that penalized the district for using an ineligible player in 2012 and 2013.
    Musick said then that he was ready for retirement but later said he had had a change of heart and asked the board to reconsider his resignation.
    The Kentucky Department of Education’s legal department said the rehiring was illegal but the finding doesn’t have any enforcement power and the school board has not taken any further action.
    MIKE JAMES can be reached at mjames@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2652.

    July 30, 2014

  • Stumbo says Bissett 'handpicked' by McConnell

    Democratic Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo said Wednesday there’s an obvious reason the president of the Kentucky Coal Association has publicly defended Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s support of the coal industry.

    July 30, 2014

  • colepotteronline.jpg Acoustic jam night at Callihan's

    With the onset of  patio season, the staff at Callihan’s American Pub & Grill have adopted a new program for Wednesday’s open-invitation entertainment with the all new Callihan’s Acoustic Jam Session, providing a stage for local talent and a spotlight for a featured musician each week.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Golf scramble will benefit Paramount Arts Center

    Paramount Woman’s Association’s seventh annual Ladies’ Golf Scramble is scheduled for Aug. 11 at Bellefonte Country Club.

    July 30, 2014

  • MARK MAYNARD: Parking, history, and some wiffleball

    The calendar flips to August tomorrow and some students in the area will be back in school next week.

    July 30, 2014

  • Students need better counseling to contribute more to the region, working group says

    A group studying how education can lift the economy of Appalachian Kentucky has several ideas, including a “counseling for careers” approach that would begin for students no later than middle school and continue through high school.

    July 30, 2014