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Dyan Duncan
Executive Director Marketing & Communication

(LOUISVILLE, KY) — Hosparus Health, a leading care provider for those facing serious illnesses, held a successful fundraiser at The Olmstead last evening honoring caregivers, thanking donors, and recognizing community partners for their contributions to Louisville’s top nonprofit organization. This exclusive event paid tribute to the tireless efforts of those who have supported Hosparus Health’s mission to enhance the quality of life for all members of the community.

A Celebration of Compassion, presented by Republic Bank Foundation, raised $150,000 towards the construction of the Harshaw Family Grief Counseling Center. Located on Ephraim McDowell Drive in Louisville, this center offers over 7,000 square feet of spacious amenities. It includes specialized therapy rooms, offices, and gathering spaces, and is surrounded by over 60,000 square feet of calming gardens, walking paths, and outdoor meditation elements. Construction on the project is on track for completion by the end of 2023. The new space will serve as a place of healing and hope for individuals in the community who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

Rachel Platt, Mistress of Ceremonies, and her sister, Pam Platt, shared their experience with Hosparus Health and the holistic care the organization provides to over 10,000 patients and families annually across 41 counties in Kentucky and Indiana. The evening focused on shining a light on the caregivers, supporters, and volunteers who work to ensure these services are accessible for all those facing serious illness, regardless of their ability to pay.

The evening recognized the following individuals whose dedicated efforts and contributions have significantly impacted the mission of Hosparus Health and the communities it serves.

A Celebration of Compassion Award Winners

Dr. Joe Rotella Compassionate Caregiver Award
2021 – Julie Hammond
2022 – Dustin Dillon, MD
2023 – Marion O’Hagan

Community Partner Award
Jill Peden
James Watson

Sister Marilyn Spink Volunteer Award
Jim Pilbean

Legacy Award
In Memory of Roger Harbeson
Presented to Karen Harbeson and Family

Philanthropist of the Year Award
The Harshaw Family
Presented to Paula and Frank Harshaw

Photos from the event can be downloaded here. For more information or to request an interview, contact Executive Director of Marketing and Communications Dyan Duncan, at 502.814.5439 or

About Hosparus Health
Established in 1978, Hosparus Health is one of the nation’s largest and most respected community-based, nonprofit care providers for those facing serious illnesses. For 45 years, the mission-driven organization has championed equitable healthcare access by delivering specialized programs and holistic services across 41 counties in Kentucky and Indiana. Through the support of more than 600 employees and over 500 volunteers, Hosparus Health’s person-centered approach is focused on improving the quality of life for over 10,000 patients and families annually. Its interdisciplinary teams provide support for serious illnesses across the continuum, including medical care, symptom and medication management, grief counseling, hospice care, and palliative medicine. For more information about Hosparus Health, please call 800-264-0521 or visit


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