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Home Care & Hospice Alliance of Maine Honors two at Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice

Lewiston, Maine 10.14.15 - The Home Care & Hospice Alliance of Maine and Maine Hospice Council & Center for End-of-Life Care announced this week that they will be honoring Julie Shackley, President & CEO of Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice the 2015 Distinguished Service Award and Cindy Boyd, AHCH Volunteer the Home Care Volunteer of the Year Award. The award ceremony will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at the Annual Blaine House Tea. The guest speaker at the event will be Maine’s First Lady, Ann LePage.

The 2015 Distinguished Service Award is presented to the employee of any member home care and/or hospice agency who consistently demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities. Ms. Shackley was nominated by: Donna DeBlois, President/CEO, HomeHealth Visiting Nurses (VP, Alliance Board of Directors), Greg Pizzo, Director of Finance, MaineGeneral Community Care (Treasurer, Alliance Board of Directors) and Colleen Hilton, President & CEO, VNA Home Health Hospice (Board Member). Julie has served on the Alliance’s Board of Directors since 2005. She was elected as Secretary in 2007, and served in that role through 2009, after which she was elected Vice President from 2009 through 2011, and has served as President since 2011. For countless years, she has been at the helm of the Alliance’s leadership when meeting in-person with Maine’s Congressional Delegation and during the annual crusade to Washington, DC, for “March on Washington.”

The 2015 Home Care Volunteer of the Year Award is presented to a dedicated volunteer who supports activities related to home care. Cindy Boyd was nominated by: Kathy Baillargeon, AHCH Volunteer Supervisor.

Cindy Boyd began volunteering with Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice in November of 2011. Although she came on as a Hospice volunteer, she has visited many patients under our Home Care Services. During Cindy’s years with Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice she has visited with 26 patients and families with 11 of those being on Home Care Services. Cindy has also volunteered for almost every part of Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice. Along with visiting patients, she answers phones at the Hospice House every Friday evening. She volunteers for special events with the Marketing and Development office. She brings patients to doctor’s appointments, does groceries, and anything else that is needed. She has sat on committees for the agency and assisted in a special project as part of our M.O.D.E.L. Care program. She has also trained as part of our Speaker’s Bureau. She has an upbeat, positive attitude, but at the same time is able to be a calming presence to someone who is struggling. Cindy is able to connect with anyone she meets and works with whether it be patients, families, other volunteers or staff. Wherever there is a need Cindy is ready to help and she always follows through. She is professional, sets good boundaries, is never judgmental and goes in with a loving, caring heart to fill the need that she can. If it wasn’t for Cindy there are some cases that may never have gotten covered.

Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice’s Hospice House will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary in November 2015 and the Agency will turn 50 in January of 2016. For the past 50 years, AHCH has grown to become known as one of Maine’s most respected home health and hospice care agencies throughout Maine. Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice is an independent, non-profit, Medicare certified, and The Joint Commission accredited home health and hospice agency that cares for the health, independence, and quality of life of Maine residents and their families in the comfort of their home and community. What started as a one-room operation providing care to residents of L/A with just a handful of employees, has blossomed into a community based agency with offices in Wilton, Bridgton, Oxford, Manchester, Lewiston and the first 14-bed Hospice House facility in Auburn. AHCH has a staff of over 430 employees, who along with their 280 volunteers, provide care and support services to residents in 122 Maine municipalities, plantations and unorganized territories encompassing Androscoggin, Oxford, Franklin, northern Cumberland, western Kennebec and bordering communities in Sagadahoc and Somerset counties. Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice has been at the forefront of home health and hospice care offering innovative treatments, programs and services that best meet the needs of our patients. “AHCH is all about the people and families we care for, we are about going the extra mile and doing what is right”, shares Julie Shackley, President & CEO of AHCH. “I am proud of the work we are doing and I hope you will join us in the coming year to celebrate our 50th Anniversary”.