Kitchen Collage helps out hospice |

Kitchen Collage helps out hospice

Carolyn Pope

VAIL – It’s hard to contemplate death in an environment that exemplifies vivacity and love of life. Heck, there’s not even a cemetery in the town limits. The Vail Valley Medical Center is well known for its orthopedics services, mother and childcare in its new birthing wing, and for the Shaw Regional Cancer center. What you may not be aware of is that not only does Vail Valley Medical Center have the ability to treat someone from birth on, but also assists those in the final phase of their life.Mountain Hospice’s services include clinical, emotional and spiritual support. Hospice team members , which include physicians, registered nurses, physical therapists, dieticians, bereavement and spiritual counselors, volunteers, community grief groups and more, work with patients and their caregivers. Just before the end of the year, Kathy Rohlwing and Amy McDonnell, owners of Kitchen Collage in Riverwalk, hosted an annual giving day to benefit Mountain Hospice. The ladies donated a portion of their Dec. 29 sales, and recently handed over a check for $1,000 to the hospice’s staff and volunteers.Susie Johnson has been a volunteer with Mountain Hospice for 10 years.”Participating in a family death brought me to the hospice,” she said. “I wanted to give back to the hospice because of what it gave to me. There are great rewards in volunteering there.”Right now, you can help with Mountain Hospice. The volunteers are selling Evergreen Fine Arts sterling silver angels as pendants, necklaces and key chains. They run from $34 to $50. Also, training sessions for new volunteers begin on Feb. 17 in the conference room at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Edwards. Hospice nurse Lindy Owens summed it up best.”We’re not dealing with death on a daily basis,” she said. “We’re dealing with living on a daily basis.”For more information on the hospice, call Lynn Hoehn, volunteer coordinator at 569-7459.

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