Katharine Thompson is truly a force to be reckoned with. In the HVHC tribute to her as one of this year’s Zeke Dennett award winners, she was feted with a quote from Margaret Mead, compared to a “healed femur” and labeled “Katharine the Great.”
She was credited with being the “missing piece” in making many families’ end-of-life journeys easier by going “above and beyond.”
Katharine’s service has often been with multiple patients at one time, including caring for several patients who are living at a local boarding home. Her companionship and regular visits are a welcome gift to these patients. In addition to Katharine’s patient care service, she provides HVHC with many hours of office help, including taking on the big project of creating a historical data base of patients served over the past 30 years. Recently, she joyfully exclaimed that she had entered patient #1,000!!! Katharine is a very community-minded person, having done similar historical data-entry as a volunteer for Ellsworth’s Woodlawn Museum.
It was also Katharine who took the initiative to nominate Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County for the “Agency of Distinction” award, which was conferred upon us last year by the WLBZ Channel 2 2 Those Who Care Awards. We are honored to count Katharine among our most dedicated volunteers.