The Chesapeake Hospice in Maryland and its affiliates are united under the main brand of the organization.
Beginning April 1, Calvert Hospice and Hospice of Charles County will be known as Chesapeake Hospice.
The merger “will allow greater consistency across the Chesapeake Hospice Service Area,” the hospice and palliative care provider said in the announcement. “Calvert Hospice and Charles County Hospice are proud to be part of the Chesapeake Family Hospice and look forward to contributing to the organization’s future success.”
Founded in 1979 as Arundel Hospice, the non-profit began operating under its current name in 1992. In addition to providing hospices, the organization offers grief support and palliative care services at Chesapeake Supportive Care and the Chesapeake Life Center. Both properties will retain their individual names after the branding.
The hospice provides services in four Maryland counties along the west coast of the Chesapeake Bay.
Calvert Hospice joined Hospice of the Chesapeake last June, shortly after Hospice of Charles County in the fall of 2020. Financial terms of both deals were not disclosed.
“We believe this acquisition … will strengthen and expand the services provided to patients and their families in Calvert County,” Hospice of the Chesapeake CEO Mike Brady said earlier. “And to create a unified organization focused on the full continuum of care in our region – serving everyone who needs us, at the right time, in the right place, and with the care they deserve.”
The acquisition of non-commercial assets has made the organization one of the largest providers in the region. In 2021, the hospice served over 3,800 hospice patients, as well as over 2,095 people receiving palliative care and about 500 bereaved people.
That same year, Hospice of Chesapeake moved ahead with plans to modernize the care center they had acquired with Hospice of Charles County. The combined organization renovated each floor of the three-story building located in Waldorf, Maryland with a $200,000 bond secured with the help of state legislators and donations from the community and another major philanthropic donor.
Services available at the renovated facility include end-of-life care, palliative care and care for loved ones.
“Since the acquisition of each branch, residents of Charles and Calvert counties have benefited across a continuum of care that includes support, hospice and grief care,” the hospice said in a statement. “These benefits include community-based palliative care, community education and awareness, enhanced grief support options, and additional help in navigating the path of advanced disease.”