Pat Gaunce honored with naming of Prayer Room


The TJ Community Mission Foundation announced the naming of the “Pat Gaunce Mediation/Prayer Room” in the Shanti Niketan Hospice Home. A gift from the Gaunce family in honor of Pat Gaunce supports the goals of the Love Makes a House a Home campaign and honors Pat Gaunce’s faith and care for others. The campaign will support hospice programs, and expand the property on Glenview Drive owned by T.J. Samson and dedicated to the project by the T.J. Samson Regional Healthcare Board of Directors. To date, the Love Makes a House a Home campaign has raised over $1.2 million in cash and pledges toward its goal of $2.5 million.

Mrs. Pat Gaunce was honored to learn of the gift. When asked if she had a favorite scripture that could be used in the prayer room that would bear her name, she knew immediately what it would be: Phillipians 4:13, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

“I believe in prayer. It has helped me get through some difficult times,” said Mrs. Gaunce. She tells about the time when she broke her leg twenty years ago. When she went to the doctor, she asked God to not make it broken—but if it was broken, she asked that there be no pain. It was broken, but as Mrs. Gaunce recalls, “The technician said I must be Wonder Woman.” She didn’t have any pain. “I don’t know about Wonder Woman, but I would say I’m a tough old bird,” she says.  

“My mom has been a servant for God,” said Patrick Gaunce. “She prays for people constantly. That’s why we wanted the prayer room with the scripture that has been so meaningful to her. We want it to comfort people in their time of need.”

“This gift is very important to the campaign. Not only does it help move it towards success, but it shows how personal the Shanti Niketan Hospice Home is to those who support it,” said TJ Community Foundation Board Chair Bill Prather. “We have been humbled to receive gifts like the one the Gaunce family has made in honor of Mrs. Gaunce.”

T.J. Samson Regional Healthcare CEO Bud Wethington said, “We are very appreciative and pleased with this gift and the overall level of support for campaign. This community is truly generous, and it understands how important this project is to ensure we have a continuum of care for people in this region.”

he Love Makes a House a Home campaign will continue to build and strengthen relationships over the next two years to support the Hospice Home and the care of its residents. The Shanti Niketan Hospice Home will serve terminally ill patients under the care of the TJ Samson Hospice Program.

The T.J. Community Mission Foundation was establish
ed in 2015 to increase community engagement and advance philanthropy to support the region with exceptional healthcare programs, patient care and technology. The goal of the Foundation is to provide a bridge between medicine and compassion as the heartbeat of a healthy community.

Foundation Board members include Bill Prather, Chair and Owen Lambert, Vice Chair; Mike Bryant, Emmy Lou Dickinson, Patrick Gaunce, Dale Guffey, Dr. Sunil Muppala, Ben Quinn, Henry Royse, Dr. Karen Small, William Twyman, Bud Wethington, Kirk Williams and Dr. Brent Wright

For more information about TJ Community Mission Foundation or the Love Makes a House a Home Hospice Home campaign, contact Kim Lambert at or 270-651-4348.

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