Hospice of Knox County pays tribute to Trish Rankin


MOUNT VERNON — Hospice of Knox County (HKC) recently established the Patricia “Trish” Rankin HNCO/HKC Memorial Endowment Fund at The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County.

A check for $5,000 was presented by Hospice of North Central Ohio (HNCO)’s Chief Development Officer Ralph Tomassi to the Executive Director of the Community Foundation Sam Barone.

HNCO’s Executive Director stated, “It is fitting that we perpetuate Trish’s memory in Knox County, as she was from Mount Vernon and served so well at Hospice of Knox County as a volunteer.”

The endowed fund is a result of a $10,000 unrestricted bequest received by HNCO from the Estate of Rankin. Income from this fund is restricted for Camp Hope, a summer camp for children who are living with grief. Rankin was a dedicated volunteer at Camp Hope for many years, and wrote curriculum for the program. She was passionate about contributing her time, energy and finances to children’s bereavement efforts.

“Our community foundation is once again honored to partner with Hospice of North Central Ohio in securing long-term philanthropic support for essential end-of-life services and, simultaneously, honoring those whose generosity creates such endowments,” said Barone.

For more information on the Trish Rankin Endowment Fund, please contact The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County at 740-392-3270.

Hospice of Knox County is part of Hospice of North Central Ohio, which serves more than 200 patients daily in Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Morrow, and Richland counties with palliative and hospice services. Additionally, free bereavement services are provided for hundreds of families of hospice patients and anyone in the community experiencing grief. Call 800-952-2207 for more information. HNCO is a community partner of United Way.

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Staff report