The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization recognized four outstanding volunteers at the organization’s 15th Clinical Team Conference held in Nashville, Tennessee. The Volunteers are the Foundation of Hospice Awards recognizes hospice volunteers who best reflect the universal concept of volunteerism in its truest sense—serving as an inspiration to others.
This year’s recipients and the area for
which they were honored are:
Smith, a volunteer with Beacon
Hospice, an Amedisys company, in South Portland, Maine, for patient and family
support. He is a Korean War veteran who
is actively involved in Beacon’s We Honor
Veterans program, has volunteered since 2007 and has logged approximately
1,200 hours in patient visits.
“Betty” Takes, a volunteer with
Hospice of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa, for organizational support. She has
dedicated over 30 years of her life to Hospice of Dubuque both professionally
as a nurse and personally as a volunteer and board of directors member.
Miller, a volunteer with Tidewell Hospice in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, for specialized
volunteer support. She uses her musical
and artistic talent to help patients and families and has provided over 1,000
hours of service.
Foster, a volunteer with
BJC Hospice in St. Louis, Missouri, for young leader support. She is a pre-med student who began
volunteering in 2012. Since then she has
logged 200 hours of direct patient contact.
Volunteers play an integral role in hospice care and each and every one
deserves recognition and the highest accolades.
From direct patient support and caregiver relief to administrative
support in a local hospice office, hospice volunteers selflessly give of their
time to serve patients and families who are facing end-of-life challenges,”
said J. Donald Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO.
that there are more than 355,000 trained hospice volunteers contributing more
than 16 million hours of service to hospice organizations across the country.