Big Bend Hospice presented the Heart of Hospice Award to Bev Hewitt, owner of The Grill in Apalachicola, during the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce’s Oct. 4 Business After Hours. For more than 10 years, she has been a member of the hospice’s Franklin County Advisory Council, comprised of local leaders who serve as community champions for hospice care to their neighbors.

Hewitt, above left, was chosen because her passion and compassion for the hospice patients and families living in Franklin County. She is a great spokesperson for Big Bend Hospice and its mission to provide compassionate care to individuals with a life-limiting illness, comfort to families and emotional support to anyone who has lost a loved one. She has worked many hours at hospice events to ensure funds are raised to help support the needs of the families in Franklin County.

“Bev is a tireless worker and a beloved member of our hospice team,” said Pam Allbritton, community resources/volunteer coordinator for Big Bend Hospice, above right. “She has truly made a difference.”

Big Bend Hospice has served the community since 1983 with compassionate end- of- life care along with grief and loss counselors available to provide information and support to anyone in Franklin and surround counties. For additional information about services, please call 850-878-5310 or visit