LEWISTON — Kandyce Powell, CEO, Maine Hospice Council and Center for End of Life Care, presented Karen Flynn, hospice director at Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice, with the Joe Mayo Award.

The ceremony was held July 7 at the offices of AHCH, 15 Strawberry Ave.

The Maine Hospice Council created the Joe Mayo Award in 2001 to recognize the untiring efforts of The Honorable Joseph Mayo, clerk emeritus of the Maine House of Representatives, to improve end-of-life care for all Maine citizens. His commitment to work on this issue at a time of tremendous personal challenge is inspirational to all who worked with him.

Award recipients receive an engraved crystal clock.

Flynn first learned of the Maine Hospice Council in 1990 when she received training at AHCH provided by the agency and the council to practice as a hospice nurse. From 1990 to 1999 she was a member of the hospice and oncology team, and the mental health team. Her specialty was caring for hospice patients who also suffered from mental illness, past traumas and other psycho-social conflicts that complicated end-of-life care.

She has been a board member of the Maine Hospice Council since 2009, vice president for two years and has just started her term as president of the council.

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