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Annual Meeting of the Members of the Corporation

(FALMOUTH, Maine) — Hospice of Southern Maine celebrated a year of exceptional growth at its Annual Meeting of the Members of the Corporation on December 14, 2012 at the Portland Country Club in Falmouth.  The event was well attended, with special guests including Sara Holmbom Lund from Senator Susan Collins Office and Ann Goodridge from Congresswoman Chellie Pingree’s office. Newly elected Members of the Corporation were Anne Jackson of Yarmouth and Heidi Hansen of CapeElizabeth.  Newly elected members to the Board of Directors were Kendall Reed of North Berwick and Dr. Tracey Weisberg of Scarborough.

During the year 2012 Hospice of Southern Maine experienced extraordinary growth of 27% over the year 2011.  More than 50 new employees were hired since January first while employee turnover rates remained very low.  Nearly 1400 patients will have been served by Hospice of Southern Maine over the course of the year.  “All of the employees and volunteers work to fulfill the Hospice of Southern Maine mission of Compassion, Care, and Comfort  Through End of Life.”  Arlene Wing, CEO said. She went on to say that Hospice of Southern Maine is now the leading provider of hospice services in southern Maine as they serve more hospice patients annually than any other hospice in the area.

Dr. Joel Botler was recognized for his service and dedication to the Board of Directors for the past three years.   His words of guidance and wise counsel have been most appreciated by Hospice of Southern Maine.

This year’s Pope Leadership Award was presented to Annette Gosnell.  KatherinePope, MD presented the award to Ms. Gosnell.  Ms. Gosnell is a long-time community volunteer with a passion for the social issues related to access and affordability.  She has been an active and ardent supporter of Hospice of Southern Maine, advocating strongly for quality end of life care that is available and financially accessible for all.  Her interest in strengthening our community extends to providing scholarship funds to local families who can’t afford to send their kids to college and to making micro-loans to local business ventures – both issues that related to the community’s ability to be robust and self-sustaining.  She has also been actively involved over the years in ornithology, land conservation and support of environmental science education.  She has a background in nursing education.  Ms. Gosnell resides in Kennebunk. 

Arlene Wing, CEO, paid tribute to David Perkins, Chairman of the Board. She recognized Mr. Perkins for five years of outstanding service and dedication to the mission of Hospice of Southern Maine.  David was elected to the Board of Directors in 2007 and has served as Chairman since 2010. He will remain an active member of the Board of Directors.  His leadership and dedication to Hospice has been invaluable.

Chris Hilton spoke about her family’s experience with Hospice of Southern Maine.