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Hospice of the Bluegrass celebrates 35th anniversary

Hospice of the Bluegrass marked 35 years of continuous service to patients and families with a celebration on September 13 at the Signature Club. The BB&T Hospice Heroes: Celebrating 35 Years of Care included recognition of the first people/organizations to be designated as Hospice Heroes.

“The Heroes in this inaugural class were all instrumental in ensuring that hospice care is available to anyone in the community,” said Gretchen Brown, President and CEO. Those honored as Hospice Heroes include:

• Senator Tom Buford
• Baptist Health Lexington
• John Cronin, M.D.
• Joan Crowe
• Jack Cunningham
• Sara Combs Kaufmann (posthumously)
• Oscar Mendiondo, M.D.
• Jackie Noonan, M.D.
• St. Joseph Hospital
• Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky

For 35 years, Hospice of the Bluegrass has provided quality end-of-life care and support for terminally ill patients in their homes, nursing facilities and at the Hospice Care Centers in Lexington and Hazard. Hospice of the Bluegrass never denies services because of an inability to pay. Support and bereavement services extend to family members, caregivers, and anyone in grief in the community. Hospice of the Bluegrass serves more than 900 patients daily in 32 central, southeastern and northern Kentucky counties.

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