(LEXINGTON, Ky.) – Many people have worked tirelessly throughout Hospice of the Bluegrass’ 36-year history to ensure end-of-life care is available to everyone who needs it. The 2014 Class of BB&T Hospice Heroes were recognized at a celebration on June 20 at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion.
Those honored include:
• Greg Powell, Hospice Hero for Volunteer Service. Powell has been a loyal patient and bereavement volunteer for more than 20 years.
• Greg & Noreen Wells, Hospice Heroes for Philanthropy. The Wells were instrumental in the development of a free-standing inpatient facility for eastern Kentucky as well as being the lead donors for the Capital Campaign. The Greg & Noreen Hospice Care Center is located in Hazard.
• Community Medical Associates, Hospice Heroes for Leadership. This group of dedicated physicians have played a vital role in Hospice’s history by donating countless hours working with Hospice teams to provide care to the terminally ill and their families.
• Gretchen Brown, Hospice Hero for Lifetime Achievement. After 32 years as the leader of Hospice of the Bluegrass, Brown will retire this year. When Brown began, Hospice served 18 patients in Fayette County. Today Hospice serves nearly 700 patients each day throughout 32 counties. Brown is nationally recognized as an expert in end-of-life care.