HOPKINSVILLE, KY (2/24/12) – A Hopkinsville native is finding her newest role at Pennyroyal Hospice to be very rewarding. Rebecca Boggess took the position of Clinical Director in early January of this year.
After graduating from Christian County High School, Boggess received her Nursing Degree from Murray State University. She worked at Jennie Stuart Medical Center for about a year after college. She left the hospital to become a staff nurse for Pennyroyal Hospice in 2006. For the past two years, Boggess has served as Assistant Clinical Director.
Now, as Clinical Director, Boggess says she is in charge of all referrals and handles setting things up for the admission nurse and social worker who will be assigned to each patient. She is also in charge of supervision of all the clinical staff, which she says is easy because they are like a family, “When someone’s doing great and having a great high, everyone’s right there with them supporting them. When someone’s having a lowest of a low day, we’re right there supporting them. It’s wonderful and then they take that to the patients and the families.”
Executive Director Kelly Martin says he recognized early on that Boggess would be a great person for the position, “She’s very likeable, she’s driven by compassion, she loves people, loves the staff, loves the interaction with people.” He says Boggess is also a good educator and can take her talents into the community. Martin says it’s a big plus that she’s from Hopkinsville, “She grew up here, so she knows people here. She knows the right people to call and contact. I’m still building those relationships after two years, Rebecca already has them.”
Boggess told me she wears her scrubs to work every day just in case she is needed at a patient’s side, “I love patient care…I absolutely love it.” She says her own grandmother had Hospice care last summer and her family was a little hesitant at first. Boggess reassured them by saying, “If I don’t believe in it for my own family then I don’t need to work there. I promise they are going to take excellent care of her…not because she’s my grandmother and I work here, but because that’s what they do. And, they went above and beyond.”
Pennyroyal Hospice is a nonprofit organization that serves Christian, Todd, Trigg, Lyon and Caldwell counties in Western Kentucky. For more information call 270-885-6428 or click www.pennyroyalhospice.com.
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