Sebring Office Has Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
  
Feb 29, 2012   News-Sun, Sebring, FL       Courtesy photo At the recent Cornerstone Hospice ribbon-cutting and Open House of their 2906 Sparta Rd. new offices, a crowd of well-wishers gathered recently at the nonprofit (from left): Shelly Farquhar, H.R. manager; Ellen Bristol, RN, V.P. access and admissions; Autumn Egan, clinical liaison; Mandy Carlisle, RN case manager; Arlene Gasper, certified nursing assistant, home health; Rachel Edry, RN, case manager; officiating with the scissors, Kristy Sottile, president CEO, Greater Sebring Chamber of Commerce; Lou Acuff, RN, manager, clinical liaisons; Deborah Harley, executive director for Highlands, Hardee, Polk region; Ken Geren, chaplain; Melissa Carte, licensed practicing nurse; Kathy Wilde, social worker, bereavement counselor; Yvonne Cannon RN, patient care supervisor; and Ginny Wolfe, community relations coordinator.   SEBRING - With a well attended ribbon-cutting ceremony officiated by the president of the Sebring Chamber of Commerce, nonprofit Cornerstone Hospice recently inaugurated its new office at 2906 Sparta Road and U.S. 27. Representatives from The Palms of Sebring retirement community as well as dozens of organizations plus the public in general were present during the two-hour ribbon-cutting and Open House ceremonies. Mary Manrique BSN, MA, interim president and CEO of the nonprofit Cornerstone Hospice system, observed that: "We are simply elated to see our growth in the Highlands and Hardee region requiring our daily care team presence with our new office. Proximity to our patients and families is always of paramount importance to our care teams." Deborah Harley, executive director of the Highlands, Hardee and Polk region for Cornerstone Hospice, said, "I am so pleased that our Highlands and Hardee patients are cared for by Cornerstone staff who live in the Highlands/Hardee area. Living where you serve is a concept of care extremely important to our Cornerstone Hospice care philosophy", adding that "...Living locally, caring locally. Our concept of care from Cornerstone Hospice is neighbor caring for neighbor. I am so pleased that our staff in Highlands and Hardee are compassionate, competent and ready to serve the needs of the communities in these areas." Yvonne Cannon RN, patient care supervisor for Highlands and Hardee counties, expressed, "Our goal is growth of service to patients and families facing life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses in the Highlands and Hardee region and to more efficiently meet the needs in this area. Yes, all our staff lives in this region, that is what the community wants and we have listened. Neighbors taking care of neighbors." Since 1984, Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., a not-for-profit community-based healthcare organization, has provided care and services to central Florida residents experiencing life-limiting illnesses. To learn more, call 382-4563 in Highlands and Hardee counties or toll-free (800)503-5765 or visit www.cornerstonehospice.org or also www.SeriousIllness.org/Cornerstone.