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Robert D. Turcotte Award Recipients

June 10, 2015

Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice (AHCH) presented the Robert D. Turcotte Award to three individuals at the spring Volunteer Recognition events held in Auburn, Farmington and Bridgton. The award is presented in honor of Robert Turcotte, an Auburn resident, who was treasurer of Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice’s Board of Directors from 1978 until his death in 1982. Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice gives this award in acknowledgement of outstanding contributions to the promotion of home health care. 

The 2015 award recipients are:

 Barry and Gayla Drake, of Poland Spring, have been volunteering since April of 2012. Since that time they have visited 47 Hospice patients at Clover Nursing Facility. They have gotten to know AHCH Hospice staff and the facility staff and are highly respected by all.  They have gone in extra for their patients when they were agitated, scared, or actively dying. Along with all they do at Clover, Barry and Gayla have helped with many other projects that support AHCH patients under Hospice care. They were part of the Forget-Me-Not pilot project designed for Alzheimer’s patients at the end-of-life and provided great feedback to help shape the program. Barry and Gayla also connected very well with an Alzheimer’s patient who became part of a photo shoot for AHCH’s Forget-Me-Not brochure.

 Bonnie McHugh, of Auburn, has been instrumental in assisting AHCH achieve success, not only by helping develop a plan to create greater exposure for AHCH’s three major fundraising events but also in the planning process by volunteering to serve on the planning committees for the Hospice House 5K and Remembrance Walk and Butterfly Release events. Bonnie began serving on the Hospice House 5K and Remembrance Walk committee in 2010 as a committee member supporting and giving guidance on AHCH’s marketing plan. In 2011, she took on the added responsibilities of becoming marketing Co-Chair for the walk/run. With her leadership and expertise, AHCH was able to expand its reach and visibility throughout its service area and grew the walk/run from 200 participants in one location in 2010 to over 800 participants in two locations by 2015. Bonnie took the lead in helping create radio PSA’s with patient testimonials and on-air interviews promoting all of AHCH’s events at no cost.  She has visited with patients and families to record testimonials that are used in print, on AHCH’s website and on the radio.

 Betsy Ware, of Auburn, has been a volunteer with AHCH since January of 2009. Since she began she has been volunteering 4-hours, two times/week.  She has been incredibly reliable and dedicated. She has learned all aspects of the office volunteer work in the Hospice Department and has trained several new volunteers for the office.  In the PI Department, she has been a huge asset as well as in the Medical Records Department. She is professional, accurate and pays close attention to detail. When Medical Records was streamlining their process, Betsy was there to learn the new system and to train others. She also offered great feedback during this time. She is wonderful with training and volunteers who train with her feel very comfortable in their new role. She has done everything from filing to entering data in the computer. Betsy is also trained in Reiki and has provided Reiki to AHCH’s Hospice patients at Clover Manor. 

 “Our volunteers are vital and highly regarded members of our team. They are integral in providing compassionate care to our patients and families. We are honored to recognize the leadership and commitment of these award recipients,” stated Julie Shackley, President/CEO of Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice.

 Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice is a nonprofit Medicare-certified agency that provides patient centered care that is meaningful, organized, developed, effective/efficient and has lasting quality. They provide specialized skilled, supportive and hospice services to Maine residents and their families in the comfort of their home and community. In 2005 they opened Maine’s first in-patient hospice facility in Auburn – this year, they are recognizing 10 years of caring and compassion at the Hospice House. In 2014, Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice cared for over 10,200 patients and their families, providing more than 1.2 million in free care to those in need.  For more information on Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice and all of their services, visit their website at www.AHCH.org

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