Welcome to Hospice of the Panhandle

YOU are our HERO! 

A hero doesn’t always have a cape. 

A hero is someone who has amazing strength, everlasting endurance and bravery in the face of challenges. 

We can’t think of a better way to describe our patients and their caregivers.

About Hospice Services

Hospice of the Panhandle provides professional medical care and volunteer support to people in the last stages of serious illnesses. 
  • Care team built to meet your needs
  • 24-hour on-call support
  • Care received where you live
  • Medicines & medical supplies*
  • Grief support

Call (304) 264-0406 or (800) 345-6538 for a free informational visit.

*Medications and supplies are covered for Medicare and Medicaid recipients
and most other insurance holders.

New for 2014!
Luminaria Ceremonies

You are invited to remember or honor your loved ones with a luminaria during Light Up A Life. The luminarias will be lit during a special ceremony during which we will read the names of all those being remembered or honored. Each ceremony will feature live music and refreshments.

Lights and angels will be available for dedication on the day of each ceremony.

Friday, December 5, 2014 at 5:15 p.m.
Morgan County - Country Inn, 110 S. Washington St., Berkeley Springs with luminarias being displayed in Berkeley Springs State Park

Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
Berkeley & Jefferson County - Hospice of the Panhandle Inpatient Facility and Main Office, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 5:15 p.m.
Hampshire County - Shaffer Funeral Home, 230 E. Main St., Romney

You are invited to Light Up A Life by dedicating an angel or light for the Hospice of the Panhandle Luminaria service.

There will also be a special section of lights for veterans
being recognized by their families.

Those recognized with a light will be remembered or honored with a white luminaria. Those being recognized with an angel will be remembered or honored with a handcrafted, personalized angel and gold luminaria. Angels will be mailed to those who dedicated them following the ceremonies. 

In the case of inclement weather, ceremonies will be held the following week.

All proceeds from Light Up A Life help hospice patients and their families receive the care they need regardless of insurance coverage or their ability to pay for services.

For more information, please call Ashley Horst at (304) 264-0406 or
(800) 345-6538 or email ahorst@hospicepotp.org.
Hero’s name:
Michael Steedman 
Nominated by:
Lydia Steedman, wife

He will not give up. Even on his bad days, he tries to do anything he possibly can. He refuses to sit down and be taken. He always lets me know how much I (as his wife and caregiver) am appreciated. Sometimes when I wake up from a much needed nap, there he is, washing dishes--morphine pump beside him. He has amazed myself, friends, family and even the nurses because of his will to live. He’s AWESOME!

Hero’s name: Jack Knill
Nominated by: Ruth Knill, wife

Words cannot express why I believe Jack Knill was a hero! He was lovable, courageous and a wonderful husband. He served this country in WWII as an aviation engineer from the shores of England to Omaha Beach and beyond. His last months were spent fighting his many illnesses with excellent care from Hospice of the Panhandle. Jack never complained and was so grateful for his care from Hospice and the VA staff. His radiant smile was there each time the nurses and doctors visited him. Yes, Jack, you were indeed a hero in all ways. I love you. Your wife, Ruth

Hero’s name: Dr. Matthew Jones
Nominated by:
Donald W. McCarty, Jr., 
husband of Debbie McCarty

Debbie wanted so badly to keep her appointment with Dr. Jones on September 30th just so she could thank him for the way he treated us during our monthly visits. No matter how busy or packed they were, he had a special way of making us feel like we were the only ones in the building.

Hero’s name: Norma Alvarado
Nominated by:
Vinessa Allen, 
family of Lena Battista and Caroline Parone

Norma is a CNA at Canterbury Center and comes in to help us on her days off even though she is a single mom of three! She is the only person who we feel comfortable leaving the ladies with overnight. We could not survive without her.

Hero’s name:
Emunah Herzog, RN,
Hospice nurse
Nominated by:
Patricia C. Scott, 
wife of Jack F. Scott

Emunah quickly developed a special rapport with Jack in both medical care and interest in his life. She often made follow-up calls after her visits to check on his condition and to offer me guidance if needed. She was the first one to call me the morning after his passing. For this level of concern, I would like to nominate her as our hero.

Hero’s name:
Jennifer Newman, LICSW,
Grief counselor
Nominated by:
Joni Greenberg, guidance counselor at Hedgesville High School

As a school counselor, I called Hospice to have a counselor work with a student who had recently lost her father. They sent Jennifer, and she met with my student all year and once over the summer. My student was experiencing complicated grief, and she would not have succeeded in school last year if she hadn’t talked with Jennifer.