SCARBOROUGH — Mark Jones has joined the board of directors at Hospice of Southern Maine.
Jones is Senior Vice-President, Director of Lending at Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution, where he has worked since 1985. He has volunteered with the Royal Family Kids Camp for nearly 20 years, acting as camp photographer and raising $15,000-$20,000 annually for the camp through sales of a yearly calendar featuring his landscape photography. Jones is active in a variety of community service roles, including serving as treasurer for The United Baptist Church in Saco, and taking part in 10 trips to the Dominican Republic over the course of 10 years to help build a hospital to serve nearly 100 surrounding villages.
“Hospice of Southern Maine’s mission is to provide compassion, care and comfort through end of life for patients with life-limiting illnesses, and support for their families. Often we hear or read mission statements like this and yet they ring somewhat hollow. Until we experience something personally we can only relate in somewhat of a superficial way,” Jones said about his interest in working with Hospice of Southern Maine. “On New Year’s Day of this year I lost my dad after a 15 year battle with Parkinson’s. I can say the words above rang true and hit home in a very emotional way as I experienced hospice staff treat my dad and family in the most genuine, caring and compassionate manner I could imagine. I was beyond impressed and grateful for the support that we received and the knowledge and care that was provided. I am excited about the opportunity to serve on Hospice of Southern Maine’s board, and am grateful that they have provided me this chance to do so.”
About Hospice of Southern Maine
Hospice of Southern Maine’s mission is to provide compassion, care, and comfort through end of life. Formed through a collaborative effort among York and Cumberland County leaders and health care providers, Hospice of Southern Maine (HSM) organized in 2001 and began providing direct patient services in 2004. Today, HSM cares for more than 1,600 patients annually, at the patient’s home, current care facility, and Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, an 18-bed inpatient facility in Scarborough. HSM admits patients with a variety of diagnoses, including Alzheimer’s; heart, lung, and kidney diseases; stroke; Lou Gehrig’s disease; and cancer. Care is patient-centered with family support and provided by a comprehensive interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers, aides, chaplains, grief counselors, and volunteers. Hospice of Southern Maine is a non-profit 501(c)3, Medicare certified state licensed agency, and the largest provider of hospice services in Southern Maine. To learn more, visit www.hospiceofsouthernmaine.org.