SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine – Hospice of Southern Maine (HSM) honored Theresa Desfosses with the Pope Leadership Award at its annual meeting on December 8, held at Congregation Bet Ha’am in South Portland.
The Katherine Pope Leadership Award recognizes a person or organization for visionary leadership, commitment to advancing the work of hospice, and to supporting the mission of Hospice of Southern Maine.
“Theresa has been an influential leader to Hospice of Southern Maine and an advocate for the need of quality, end-of-life care in southern Maine,” said HSM Board Chair, Edward McGeachey. “She has been a valued advisor who not only gives her input, but also volunteers her time and resources which has benefited thousands of Maine residents who need the compassionate support that Hospice of Southern Maine provides.”
Desfosses and her family donated the land where Gosnell Memorial Hospice House was built, which is now celebrating its 10th anniversary. As a result, nearly 6,000 patients and their families have received quality, end-of-life care through Hospice of Southern Maine. Desfosses is a member of Hospice of Southern Maine’s Board of Directors and currently serves on the Finance and Development Committees. She helped to create HSM’s signature event, Twilight in the Park.
Desfosses resides in South Portland and is the owner of State Manufactured Homes in Scarborough.
About Hospice of Southern Maine
Hospice of Southern Maine’s mission is to provide compassion, care, and comfort through end of life, and it is the only non-profit hospice organization in southern Maine whose sole focus is end-of-life care. They seek neither to prolong life nor to hasten death, but to provide excellent care for patients with a life-limiting illness and support for their families, through their home care program or at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, Maine’s first freestanding inpatient hospice facility.
Hospice of Southern Maine is a non-profit 501(c) 3, Medicare certified, state licensed agency. To learn more, visit www.hospiceofsouthernmaine.org.