My Why Wednesday: Jo Fleck

Each April, BridgingLife honors Hospice Heroes at its annual Taste of Carroll presented by M&T Bank. These individuals, nominated by their peers, are recognized for their dedication for quality hospice care in our communities.

Hospice Hero Jo Fleck has been involved with the organization from its inception, first as a volunteer, then as a staff member. After retiring, she has continued to volunteer in various capacities.

How long have you been with BridgingLife?       

My husband and I were both involved in the early planning stages of hospice in Carroll County. I started as a patient volunteer, and he served on the board.

I then became one of the first staff members as the patient family coordinator. Later, I served as the director of clinical services until I retired from nursing in 1997.

Since then, I have “kept my fingers” in hospice care as a bereavement volunteer, serving on the Taste of Carroll committee and most recently as a pet therapy volunteer with my dog Maggie.

What do you love about your job and why?       

The satisfaction of seeing a patient and or family member light up when Maggie and I greet them and spend time with them.

What’s your most memorable experience working with BridgingLife?   

The most memorable experience was working with my first hospice patient and family, first the wife and shortly afterwards the husband. I still have contact with the family.

I will always remember the words “thank you ” from so many who are truly grateful for the compassionate and loving care given by all of us that have chosen to dedicate ourselves to hospice.

What does CARE BRAVELY mean to you and how do you CARE BRAVELY?            

To CARE BRAVELY to me means to not be afraid to enter into the most private time of a dying person’s life; to not be afraid to answer and ask the tough questions and to have the courage to companion them at their time of death.

Finding Support and Hope

Melissa Dolan, LCSW-C, a bereavement counselor at BridgingLife, reflects on how to find hope during the grieving process.
 
On a recent morning while walking my dog, I was reflecting on hope. Overhead came the honk and response of 31 Canada geese. Their calls filled the air as I looked up and saw the identifiable “V” formation. Many years ago, I learned why they fly in this pattern.

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My Why Wednesday: Claire Floyd, RN

Each April, BridgingLife honors Hospice Heroes at its annual Taste of Carroll presented by M&T Bank. These individuals, nominated by their peers, are recognized for their dedication for quality hospice care in our communities.

Claire Floyd, RN, is a nursing informatics specialist at BridgingLife. She has supported the team for two years by helping her colleagues in effectively utilizing technology to enhance their workflows and patient care. Read More

My Why Wednesday: Pam Naumann

Each April, BridgingLife honors Hospice Heroes at its annual Taste of Carroll presented by M&T Bank.

These individuals, nominated by their peers, are recognized for their dedication for quality hospice care in our communities.

Registered nurse Pam Naumann has been a BridgingLife team member since 2008. In 2015, she wanted to be more of an asset to the organization, so she became a part of triage, visits, liaison, admissions and whatever else was needed. “I want to ensure that anyone who needs my assistance, and I am available, that I am there for them—whether it be day, night or weekend,” she says.

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My Why Wednesday: Chaplain Mia Amos

Each April, BridgingLife honors Hospice Heroes at its annual Taste of Carroll presented by M&T Bank.

These individuals, nominated by their peers, are recognized for their dedication for quality hospice care in our communities.

Chaplain Mia Amos has worked at BridgingLife for the past three years. As such, Mia provides spiritual support and counseling to address the significant emotions that arise near the end of life.

She is a part of the Home Hospice East Team and supports patients and families in Baltimore County, Baltimore City and areas on Carroll/Baltimore County line.

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My Why Wednesday: Marty & Carolyn Burns

Each April, BridgingLife honors Hospice Heroes at its annual Taste of Carroll presented by M&T Bank.

For more than two decades, Community Hospice Heroes Marty and Carolyn Burns have been deeply involved with supporting hospice care in our community.

Marty, president of Visiting Angels, has been a community partner with BridgingLife for more than 21 years. Carolyn, who has been on the Taste of Carroll committee since the early 2000s, worked as a physical therapist for Carroll Home Care/Carroll Hospice for four years and Northwest Hospital for seven years.

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