Thursday, September 26, 2013

Patients at State of the Heart Care Center Enjoy Quilts Made by Towne Square Quilting Club

Pictured at the Care Center with some of the donated quilts, are, left to right, Chris Stamcoff, Heather Wogomon and Linda McGlothin.
When Greenville resident and quilter Chris Stamcoff visited the new State of the Heart Hospice Care Center located on the fourth floor of Wayne HealthCare, she realized that her quilting club could bring a unique addition to the care center. The center, which opened in July, is designed to provide a homelike, comfortable environment for patients and their families. The care center also has a family lounge and is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

“I thought that quilts would definitely bring a homelike feel to the care center,” Stamcoff said. She approached the Towne Square Quilting club, a group of 42 members, and the club president Linda McGlothin about providing quilts for patient beds at the center.

“The idea was warmly received as many members had had an association with hospice care or knew someone who had had hospice care,” she added. Each quilter was asked to commit to making two quilts per year for the care center which has five private patient rooms. The quilts are in a variety of patterns and colors and are 45 square inches in size.

“Quilters are natural givers,” said McGlothin, “and have a giving nature.” She herself experienced hospice care in her family and was impressed with the care provided as well as “the way the patient was treated with dignity and respect,” she said.

“The quilts are great and are the perfect size,” stated Heather Wogomon, Director, Care Center and Palliative Care Services. Patients and families have appreciated the thoughtfulness and the color that the quilts bring to their rooms. For patients who pass away in the care center, the family is given the quilt that covered their loved one. “We really appreciate the efforts of the Towne Square Quilting Club and are grateful for the homelike touch the quilts bring to the care center,” Wogomon said.

State of the Heart Hospice has cared for patients in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness for the past 32 years. Patients are cared for in their homes, in nursing homes and assisted care facilities, and now in the hospice care center which is the only one of its kind in the area. For more information about any of the services provided by State of the Heart, visit the agency web site at

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