Moffitt Cancer Center Program for Women from Tampa Comes to Polk County!

By Manny P. Hernandez, Public Information Officer






Some of the attendees at the recent Moffitt Cancer Center seminar (seated l to r): Catherine Price RN, MPH, Haines City Park View Medical; Minerva Alford RN, Clinical Coordinator at Lake Wales Free Clinic; Linda Stokes RN, CCM, LNC, Clinical Director at Winter Haven Haley Center; Sybil Reibling MS, MT, Case Manager, Angels Care Center of Eloise; Patty Strickland, Community Outreach Manager, Clark & Daughtrey Medical Group, Lakeland; and Sister Irma Avila with Farmworker Ministry, Auburndale. Standing (l to r): Vivian Norrell, Clinical Liaison Polk County; Jeanette Palencia, Community Outreach at Moffitt Cancer Center; Myriam Escobar, Community Outreach at Moffitt Cancer Center; Ginny Wolfe, Community Relations Coordinator PHH; and, Kathleen Border, Regional Development Director for PHH, Cornerstone Hospice Foundation.





Believing that Cancer knows no boundaries, Tampa-based Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute came to Silver Team in August to provide our staff an overview of its comprehensive services. Jeanette Palencia and Myriam Escobar, community outreach representatives from Moffitt’s Tampa office, spearheaded a morning seminar at our Winter Haven office to spread the word that cancer affects every ethnic background, is fully fluent in every language and can impact people of any age, faith or culture. Yet, health disparities exist due to economic status, access to quality healthcare, discrimination, cultural differences or behaviors that leave some people within our communities at greater risk for diagnosis and death from cancer.



“The purpose of the seminar was to bring cancer awareness to Cornerstone Hospice in an effort to have everyone facing cancer the same hope for survival, including Spanish-speaking women through its “Yo Me Cuido” (I Care for Myself) program in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and now Polk counties, thanks to a recent grant received to promote the program in Polk. This program will educate women on how to take care of themselves plus how to prevent Breast Cancer by following a good diet and exercises. We have great expectations for this joint effort throughout Polk County,” indicated our Executive Director Deb Harley during the seminar. This partnering effort between the Moffitt organization and Cornerstone Hospice is in its early stages, according to Silver Team Clinical Liaison Vivian Norrell and Community Relations Coordinator Ginny Wolfe, both of whom can be contacted at our Silver Team office for further developments on this joint partnership since community links throughout the extensive geography of Polk County need to be developed.


Silver Team staff may want to be on the lookout for a “Polk Place” televised interview about this partnership to be broadcast over PGTV. Cable households with Brighthouse will see interview on Channel 622; Verizon households on Channel 20; and, Comcast households on Channel 5. Check PGTV’s schedule for multiple dates and times by visiting Look for “Polk Place” in programming schedule.


"What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger." 



Members of the 6B team from all disciplines took a photo recently with a poster of their new mantra, "What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger."  The group has seen many challenges both in the workplace with a rapidly increasing census and with personal illness and loss.  Despite all of it they remain a unified team, always looking out for one another.

Little Known Talents of Cornerstone Hospice Nurses…

By James Rogers., RN, PHH Pool Supervisor


From left, Mandy Carlisle, RN, a Cornerstone Highlands County nurse and James Rogers, Jr., PHH Pool Team Supervisor pose with their burnout creation, Tombstone.


Mandy Carlisle, Cornerstone Hospice RN, competed September 14 in the Sebring Thunder Burnout Contest in a 1925 Dodge Doctor’s Coupe that was purchased as a rolling shell and transformed after many long hours of work. Mandy, Jason (her husband), Leonard (her father-in-law), their three children Janelle, Trenton, and Hunter, and her brother, James Rogers, Jr, RN, PHH Cornerstone Hospice Pool Team Supervisor, all contributed to the burnout creation. Mandy’s inspiration to compete and win in the burnout contest was fueled by her late father James Rogers.  Mandy recalls always telling him, “I want to do a burnout!”  Well, she definitely made him proud as she took home first place!  Please note that the tiny spitfire of a nurse leaves the lead foot on the burnout stage and not in the course of her job.


Polk County "Chopped"



Kathleen Border, Regional Director of Development for Polk, Highlands and Hardee was recently asked to be a judge at the TMJ Polk County properties “Chopped” chef competition. Border represented Cornerstone Hospice as a celebrity judge at Spring Haven Assisted Living Facility in Winter Haven.



Harbor Hills for Hospice Holiday Bazaar
by Susan Bennett

Regional Development Director – Lake/Sumter


Monday, November 5, 2012

10 am to ?

Lady Lake United Methodist Church

Home made products and crafts for sale; such as, Decorated Glass Blocks, Scones, Buckeyes, Cookies and Biscotti, aprons, doggie treats, cookies, fudge, peanut brittle, and candy for the upcoming holidays.  Also being sold that day….three cookbooks by local author Judy Cammarano including book signing, with $5 from each book going to hospice.


Call Susan Bennett 352-742-6807 for more information

HOG State Rally for Cornerstone

By Carol Felder, CFRE, Regional Development Director



The Harley Owners Group State Rally is being held in our area and all proceeds from the event are being donated to Cornerstone Hospice.  Would you be available to donate a few hours of your time and have fun? The event will be held on the following dates, times and locations:


DATE:  Wed, 10/31 (Clermont –Citrus Tower)

  Thu, 11/1 (Tavares- exact location TBD)

  Fri, 11/2 (Leesburg – exact location TBD)


TIME:  4:30 pm – 7:30 pm each day


VOLUNTEER DUTIES:  These are Poker Runs.  Volunteers will allow riders to draw a card from the playing card deck and will then write down which card the player drew on their playing card. All materials for the event and water will be provided.  This promises to be a fun event, and we need lots of volunteers! Please contact Mindi Pope, Villages Volunteer Specialist, at 352-751-3147 or

Winter Haven Volunteer Grads

 by Carrie Hess, Pearl Team Volunteer Specialist


Congratulations to my very first Winter Haven training graduates!  We had five volunteer candidates graduate from our evening/weekend class.  They were a diverse group that exhibited a great deal of enthusiasm and some friendly competition during our Treasure Hunt.  The winner of the treasure hunt was Tina Lundquist.  Our dedicated staff came in on their own time to educate our volunteers in the many various topics required for volunteer training. Thank you to Don Hires, Violet Argo, Frank Grimsby, Ginny Wolfe, Brenda Torres, Debbie Drash and James Rogers.




Winter Haven Volunteer Training Grads. Carrie’s First Class -- Congrats!

Our September in-service was a blast! We had 21 in attendance, the Olive Garden’s soup, salad and bread sticks may have helped.  Violet Argo gave a superb presentation on abuse and we were able to chat among each other. 


Our next in-service is October 9th at 9:00 a.m. Breakfast will be provided. I am looking forward to it.


Upcoming Volunteer Trainings

By Lisa Gray, Volunteer Manager


Please tell your friends and family about our upcoming volunteer training classes.  We have a lot of exciting volunteer opportunities available.


Avon Park-Both Fridays October 5th and 12th 8:30-4:00

Clermont- Both Fridays October 12th and 19th 8:30-4:00

Winter Haven-Both Tuesdays October 16th and 23rd 8:30-4:30

Sumterville-Both Wednesdays October 17th and 24th 8:30-4:00

Villages-Both Fridays November 2nd and 9th 9:00-4:30


If you know of someone who is interested in volunteering, please have them contact Lisa Gray at 352-742-6806 for more information.



Community Relations Corner


Cornerstone Hospice Participates in Polk Hispanic Heritage Festival

by Ginny Wolfe, Community Relations Coordinator




Silver Team Admissions Manager, Violet Argo RN, shares information on the “Yo Me Cuido”  program with a festival participant at the Polk County Hispanic  Heritage Festival in Eloise.


Autumn is here and it’s time for all the fall festivals in central Florida!  On Saturday, September 22 Cornerstone Hospice had an opportunity to participate in the Polk Hispanic Heritage Festival in the community of Eloise.  This was the 6th year for the festival, but the first time Cornerstone has been involved.  Between 475 and 500 people attended the event.


In addition to ethnic food, music, entertainment and games for children, this year the festival included a variety of health and service organizations, such as Angels Care Center (free clinic for low-income residents), the Polk County Health Department, Polk County Elderly Services, several medical practices offering STD, blood pressure, glucose and BMI screenings. 


Cornerstone staff members Violet Argo, Admissions Manager, and Ginny Wolfe, Community Relations Coordinator provided information on the Five Wishes/Cinco Deseos advanced directives and on the Yo Me Cuido program on breast cancer awareness for Hispanic women.  Cornerstone Hospice is partnering with Moffitt Cancer Center to provide this program in Polk County.  


A special thank you goes to Clinical Liaison, Vivian Norrell for setting up the day of the event and to Boy Scout Seth Justus who assisted while completing the requirements for a merit badge. 


Community Happenings

By Cheryl Rumbley, Community Relations Coordinator-Lake/Sumter


Spa Bear looking over the Cornerstone Hospice table display at the “Pinking” Ceremony.


Pink is a beautiful color and that was certainly true as Cornerstone Hospice participated with Florida Hospital Waterman’s recognition of October as Breast Cancer Month.  Several hundred people attended the event on September 25 when Florida Hospital Waterman held its annual “Pinking Ceremony” turning the water pink in the fountain.  At night through October, the canopy on the front of the hospital will glow pink.  The ceremony was also designed to honor those who have struggled with breast cancer.  Cornerstone’s vendor table provided information and raffled a “bear at the spa” themed prize. 




Jan Russell, Clinical Liaison Facility Coordinator, standing in front of the “Pink” Fountain.



During September we gave presentations to Publix, Belk and SECO employees as part of our United Way grant. In addition, presentations were given to AARP in Clermont; The United Methodist Church women’s group; Leesburg PEO; both the TOPS women’s and men’s groups at Plantation; the Leesburg Senior Center; and a class at LSCC entitled “Social Problems”.  Health fairs at the YMCA, Gold’s Gym in Mount Dora, and the Leesburg Senior Center rounded out the month.


We are especially pleased that our 2013 Cornerstone SALUTES! calendar project is underway with assistance from Sawgrass Bay Elementary School in Clermont.  We had the opportunity to address the kids and faculty to thank them when we received a box full of great art during the school’s Patriot’s Day program. The art will be entered in our calendar contest and that of the winners and runners-up will be included in the SALUTES! calendar… more about that later.



The busy time of year begins…

By Claire Gaynor, Community Relations Coordinator – Orange/Osceola


With the advent of fall comes the season of health fairs for seniors.  This month we participated in the Holy Family Catholic Church Expo where we are going to be starting a new bereavement group for the Church.  Also First Presbyterian Church downtown had its annual health fair inviting Orange County employees.  We were able to present the benefits of hospice care.  And let’s not forget the Chamber networking luncheons, Business after Hours and Veterans Salutes programs to make our community aware that Cornerstone Hospice is offering its services to their loved ones. What makes this all happen is the hard work of the staff of Orange and Osceola who gives so much of themselves to their hospice patients and to Cornerstone.  We salute them! 



What Does Grief Look Like Workshops?

By Don Hires, CPBC, Bereavement/Spiritual Care Manager




If we were asked to paint our grief, what would it look like? What colors and shapes would we use? If we took the mask off and really talked about what's happening inside of us, what words would we choose to express how we really feel?  If we had to write about our grief, what phrases would we put on the paper? 




During the month of November in Polk/Hardee/Highlands, we will be offering three community workshops on grief:  The Color of Grief, Unmasking Your Grief, and Giving Words to Your Grief. We will be mailing flyers to our bereaved families and passing them out in the community.


Before the community workshops, we will provide an opportunity for 6B staff to get an idea about the workshops. The staff will have an opportunity to participate in an abbreviated way so that when out in the community and people ask about the workshops, they can explain what takes place. We recently presented these workshops in the Lake and Sumter areas, and they were very successful. Soon a display in the Winter Haven office will include actual masks and paintings done by some of the participants.




If you have any questions, you can ask Kathleen Border, Deb Harley, or send me an email at These workshops will soon be offered in our other service areas.



Quote of the Month

Vivian Norrell, RN, Polk County Clinical Liaison

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.