Maine Hospice Council Launches Act of Kindness Project

August 29, 2017

For More Information
Contact Kandyce Powell, Executive Director
207-626-0651 or

Maine Hospice Council Launches Act of Kindness Project

Maine Hospice Council and Center for End-of-Life Care (MHC), with statewide hospice members, is known for acts of kindness, especially to hospice patients and their families. And also for its work with prisoners, military veterans, and medical professionals practicing in a wide variety of areas.

What better way, then, to raise awareness of Maine Hospice Council and its work than launching the Act of Kindness project? The project is based on the simple idea of performing an act of kindness for someone without being asked. For example, paying for a restaurant meal of a military veteran, or for the toll cost of the car behind you on the highway.

Kate Sicotte, RN, a Clinic Supervisor at Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, put together a sheet of ready to use Act of Kindness tags and a list of Act of Kindness ideas. Both the tags and the list are available for downloading from the Maine Hospice Council web site.

MHC Executive Director Kandyce Powell said of the Act of Kindness project, “We all need positive things to focus on during times of social and political turmoil.”

Visit the Act of Kindness project for more details at:

[Attached: Sample sheet of Maine Hospice Council and Center for End of Life’s Act of Kindness tags.]

NAMI Clinical Director: Embracing the Person: Overcoming Stigma in Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Greg A Marley

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Clinical Director Greg A Marley, LCSW will speaking on Embracing the Person: Overcoming Stigma in Mental Health and Suicide Prevention at the Maine Hospice Council – Maine State Prison conference, June 27-28, 2017. Won’t you join us?

Annual Hospice & Palliative Care Wellness Retreat – Oct. 13-15

The Maine Hospice Council & Center for End-of-Life Care is pleased to be hosting our Hospice & Palliative Care Wellness Retreat once again. The weekend retreat will be held October 13-15 at the beautiful Rangeley Inn and will include ample time for educational workshops, networking, and relaxation. The retreat is open to all who work or volunteer in hospice or palliative care.

Registration fees are per person for the weekend and include all workshops, meals, and accommodation.

We hope to see you there!

Contact Person: MHC Executive Assistant Brochure

Click on the Register Now tab to pick out your weekend of fun!

Register Now










Goals of Care for Advanced Serious Illness Conversation


POLST Training

An All Day Community Educational Opportunity




Please join Maine Hospice Council, Eastport Healthcare CEO Holly Gartmayer-DeYoung and Calais Hospital Outpatient Operations VP Theresa Brown for an all day conversation and training with a focus on the goals of care for advanced serious illnesses and Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST).

This community education opportunity will be hosted at the Calais Regional Hospital in the hospital classroom located at 24 Hospital Lane Calais, Maine.

All day POLST training with POLST Train the Trainer Materials and Thumb Drive – Registration fee: $119

All day POLST training without POLST materials-Registration: $45

Registration fees include mid day meal graciously provided by Caring Community Collaborative: Executive Director-Charley Martin-Berry

Please visit the registration link below to reserve your place in the day’s event.

For more information, please contact:

Kathryn Randall, Executive Assistant, Maine Hospice Council, (207) 626-0651 or

Holly Gartmayer-DeYoung, CEO, Eastport Health Care Inc. (207) 853-4045 or

Theresa Brown, VP, Outpatient Operations, Calais Regional Hospital, (207) 214-3329 or


Register Here



Chronic and End Stage Liver Disease:

Personal, Clinical, and Public Health Considerations

Annual Hospice/Veteran Partnership Conference

November 3rd 2017

  Togus VA Healthcare System

Maine Hospital Council logo


Friday, November 3, 2017 from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM EDT


VA Theatre on Togus Veterans Hospital Augusta, Me
810 Eastern Avenue
Augusta, ME 04330

Driving Directions


The Maine Hospice Council Team
Maine Hospice Council


Hospice-Veterans Partnership Conference with a focus on Hepatitis and  its long list of complications. There is also a focus on end-stage liver disease and transplant issues

Keynote speaker:  Dr. Alan Kilby. Dr. Kilby is board-certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology, and has a special interest in the treatment of liver disease (hepatology). He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College, where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Michigan and his fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Vermont. In addition to his clinical practice in gastrointestinal and liver diseases, Dr. Kilby is medical director for hepatitis at Maine Medical Center’s Virology Treatment Center. He is a clinical assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and a member of the Maine Medical Center medical staff.

There will be many more guest speakers along with break out panel opportunities for participant questions.  

Guest Speaker Rhonda Jankovich FNP graduated from Husson University in 2005 as a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner.  She has 24 years of experience in gastroenterology with an interest in viral hepatitis and cirrhosis.  She is a member of AASLD, ACG, and Maine Gastroenterology Society.  Rhonda is also a member of the VISN 1 Hepatitis Innovation Team.

Katie Cleary, PharmD, BCGP is a clinical pharmacy specialist working in the Hepatitis C Clinic and with the home-based primary care (HBPC) teams at the VA Maine Healthcare System.  She graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2014 and completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at VA Maine in 2015.  She earned Board Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy (BCGP) in 2017. Her primary responsibilities include managing pharmacotherapy in veterans enrolled with the Hep C Clinic and comprehensive medication reviews, but is also involved in Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEMs), transitions of care,  and anticoagulation practice areas.

Conference made possible by our generous sponsors:

Register Here