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National award for Rock Hill hospice

A Rock Hill hospice organization has won a national award in a video competition, “Portraits of Compassion,” from the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

Hospice & Community Care's “Compassion” video follows the life of a hospice nurse and bereavement counselor as they care for patients. It was chosen from more than 200 submissions for one of only five “Honor of Hope” honorable mention awards.

“(The video) really captures the life of a hospice worker,” said Ashley Faison, director of development for Hospice & Community Care. “It really captures their dedication to their work.”

The original version of the video was created for Hospice & Community Care's Gala this past spring and was underwritten by Founders Federal Credit Union. The staff heard about the national video competition. Moped Productions, which filmed the video, agreed to form a three-minute version for the contest at no cost.

“We're thankful to the families and staff members who let us enter their lives and share their stories with the community,” Faison said.

Faison also wrote a 200-word essay based on the video that was chosen to represent South Carolina in “The President's Faith-Based and Community Initiative in 50 States: A Report to the Nation.” The report featured one story from each state.

A celebration of these recognitions Thursday night also featured a tour of artwork by the Hospice Art Guild.

The guild's 30 member artists have donated or sold works to Hospice at low cost, in order for the artwork to be displayed for the healing of patients and the respite of visitors and family members at the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House in Rock Hill.

The collection features more than 75 original works of art.

The Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House, completed in 2007, is featured in an architectural showcase in the September 2008 issue of “Healthcare Design” magazine.