Quote of the Month

By Vivian Norrell, RN, Polk Co. Clinical Liaison

"Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich."--Tao Te (Dow) Ching


Foundation “Fun”draiser

By Susan Bennett, Regional Development Director – Lake/Sumter


Saturday, February 2, 2013
All Proceeds benefit Cornerstone’s Lane Purcell Hospice House
and Hospice services in Sumter County

Come join the fun and help raise money for a great cause.  The “Spice it up for Hospice” Chili Cook Off will be held Saturday, February 2, 2013 in the beautiful new Downtown Bushnell City Park.  Chili team applications and rules as well as sponsorship opportunities can be found by going to www.cornerstonehospice.org and clicking “Getting Involved” and then “Events.”

For more information, contact Susan Bennett of Cornerstone Hospice at 352-742-6807, or by email sbennett@cornerstonehospice.org, or you can call Susan Noell, evenings, at 352-793-2835 or by email snoell@embarqmail.com.  Please come out to enjoy a great afternoon, bring your chair and help support the Lane Purcell Hospice House located in Sumterville.  
We need your support!


Clermont Students Join Cornerstone Hospice in Honoring Veterans

By Nanci Schwartz – Public Information Officer – Lake/Sumter

/public/images/clips12-2012-photo2.jpgStudents at Sawgrass Bay Elementary School partnered with Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care to honor veterans year-round in 2013.

In September, Cornerstone Hospice invited the students to create artwork incorporating the theme “We Honor Veterans.”  The artwork was entered into a contest and Cornerstone Hospice staff selected two winners from each grade. The winning artwork is featured in a 2013 Cornerstone SALUTES! calendar.

“We were so impressed by the children’s artwork which expressed their strong feelings for U.S. soldiers and veterans and, of course, our nation,” said Julia Allen, Community Relations Manager, Cornerstone Hospice. “We believe all the children who submitted artwork are winners.”

“The Cornerstone Hospice art contest was an important exercise for the children who learned about and now have greater appreciation for the dedication and bravery of the men and women who serve our country,” said Dr. Julio Valle, Jr., Sawgrass Bay Elementary School principal.

The calendars will be distributed to the school community as well as to Cornerstone Hospice professional referrals sources, veteran volunteers and community partners.



‘Yo Me Cuido’ Leads to More Activities

By Ginny Wolfe, Community Relations Coordinator-PHH

/public/images/clips12-2012-photo3.jpgOnce again, Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care had an opportunity to partner with the Eloise Resource Center to help those in need.  Along with Molina Health Care, Angels Care Center, Arts Ensemble International and the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, we sponsored a Halloween party for children in the community of Eloise.  In addition to trick or treating, there were arts and crafts projects, movies, and refreshments.  Eloise is a very low-income community in Polk County, and many of the residents are Hispanic/Latino migrants.

The Eloise Resource Center was the site for the recent ‘Yo Me Cuido’ breast cancer awareness program which we co-sponsored with Moffitt Cancer Center.  The ‘Yo Me Cuido’ program is now expanding into other communities in Cornerstone’s service area.  Two women who attended the Polk County program are hosting a program in Groveland, and Cornerstone staff has been invited to participate.  And in one more twist of how everything is interconnected, Paulina Torres with Molina Health Care invited me to speak to her church, Bridge of Hope, in Lakeland, which led to participating in a community health fair!







Community Relations in Lake and Sumter Counties

by Cheryl Rumbley

/public/images/clips12-2012-photo10.jpgNovember was a busy month in Lake and Sumter for community events in observance of National Hospice Month.  In addition to both Lake and Sumter Counties proclaiming Hospice Month locally, Mary Manrique was the featured speaker at the Leesburg Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting where she addressed the status of hospice in the district and told many wonderful, heartwarming stories about how Cornerstone has touched the lives of those individuals in our community.  Cornerstone chaplain Isaac Deas leads the invocation at the Chamber meeting every month.  In addition, Isaac emceed the YMCA Annual Prayer breakfast where over 200 community business leaders were in attendance.

There were many other opportunities to be visible in the community.  Cornerstone was represented at eight health fairs, three speaking engagements, and two Veteran’s specific events. Stormy Hill Harley Davidson sponsored a veteran’s ride and the Leesburg Rotary Club held its second annual USO Style Show fundraiser to support veteran related organizations which includes the Cornerstone SALUTES! program.

We were also pleased to present the Cornerstone SALUTES!  Calendars to the students at Sawgrass Bay Elementary to thank them for participating in our project this year.




Community Relations Update  

By Claire Gaynor, Community Relations Coordinator -Orange & Osceola

/public/images/clips12-2012-phot11.jpgNovember is a month of thanks, remembrance and honoring those who served us in the military.  Due to our wonderful Veterans salutes program, Sandy Yochem and Alex Newsom were able to honor many in some of our facilities.  At Orlando Lutheran Towers a salute was presented to 50 independent living clients followed by another salute at its skilled nursing facility where 45 veterans were saluted as well as staff members. Life Care Centers of Orlando in conjunction with the Bridge (assisted living) had Commander Woods perform a flag ceremony and a 21-gun salute for over 100 participants of veterans, family members as well as staff.  It was a very emotional event for the audience.  At Health Central Park Cornerstone Hospice was a sponsor for “A Day in the Park” for a Veterans Day celebration where we saluted 47 veterans from Health Central Park as well as Golden Pond Assisted Living.  Despite the chilly weather, it was an overwhelming success. 

Currently there are approximately 1.5 million veterans still alive from WWII.  There is much to be learned from the veterans that have served us with such distinction.  Every time a story is shared by a veteran a piece of history is given to us. 

At the Alzheimer’ Dementia Symposium at Florida Hospital, Cornerstone Hospice sponsored a table so caregivers could receive more information on our services.  We also sponsored vendor tables this month at Kinnert Senior Living as well as Good Samaritan in Kissimmee.



Couple leaves $50K to Cornerstone

By Desirée Coleman-Cohrn, Director of Planned Gifts and Major Gifts

Both Gene and Karen Kay Wallace knew the value of having a Cornerstone facility in their community, The Villages Hospice House.  By remembering Cornerstone in their estate plan, they bequeathed over $50,000 to the Foundation. Although Gene predeceased his wife, Karen was our patient and spent her final days with dedicated and loving staff. It’s important to recognize the Wallaces because individuals like these help keep the doors open and the care exceptional through gifts to the Foundation. And just as important, it is to recognize all of you caregivers for the exceptional service you provide one family at a time.


She Seems Like a Sweet Lady,  But…

By Nick Buchholz, Executive Director, Cornerstone Hospice Foundation

/public/images/clips12-2012-photo16.jpgFor several years now there has been a volunteer wandering the halls of the Tavares office helping where she can but mostly watching the front desk on Mondays.    An avid Florida Gator fan having attended almost every home game for 50 years... 

She seems so sweet… so innocent… reminds you of the perfect grandmother!

But this volunteer, Evvy Stark, has a dark side.  She asks you if you want to make a friendly bet--and you agree.   When you suggest lunch, she refuses and says she wants to make it humiliating to the loser.  Before I knew it, I was snared into her web.  To make matters worse, like many older people she is becoming hard of hearing.  (But only someone as old as Evvy can blame it on Union/Rebel gunfire.)  Evvy also uses her University of Florida diploma on her dashboard, so she can park in the handicapped spots.  Evvy was a teacher in the Leesburg school system and even met Steve Spurrier in one of her classes when she went back to UF for her Masters degree. She took lots of interesting classes for her Masters at UF like (1) Subtraction: Additions Tricky Friend  (2) ABC’s: the Extended Version  (3) Literature: Coloring inside the lines  (4) M&M proofreading   (5) Basic Kitchen Taxidermy. She probably would have met Forest Gump also, but Forest chose ‘Bama over UF because he wanted an academic challenge.

Well as you can see from the picture, I lost the bet and am not the least bit bitter!

But seriously, Evvy is one of our most dedicated volunteers, a strong supporter of Cornerstone Hospice, fun to be around, a friend and I am proud to work with her……EVEN IF SHE IS A GATOR!




Lake County Commission Proclaims National Hospice Month

By Nanci Schwartz, Public Relations Officer – Lake/Sumter

/public/images/clips12-2012-photo17.jpgOn Tuesday, November 6, 2012, the Lake County Commission proclaimed November as National Hospice Month. Cheryl Rumbley, Community Relations Coordinator for Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care attended the meeting and had her picture taken with Lake County Commissioner Sean Parks. 

According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, an estimated 1.65 million patients received hospice care in the U.S. in 2011. The intent of National Hospice month is to encourage all people to learn more about options of care and to share their wishes with family, loved ones and their healthcare professionals\