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Memorial Hospital Hospice Offering Free Volunteer Training Program

Jackie Whitehead, a Memorial Hospital Hospice volunteer since 2000, pulls a winning ticket for the recent quilt raffle. Fundraising activity is one of the many functions volunteers play in their support as a hospice volunteer. A new training session is set to begin February 24, 2014.

Memorial Hospital Hospice is offering a free hospice volunteer training program beginning Monday, February 24. The training will be held in the Wellness Room (second floor) of Memorial Hospital's Personal Care Home, from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. continuing through dates in March and into April.

"Hospice volunteers are absolutely vital in fulfilling hospice's mission to care for dying people and their families," says Trudy Ventello, LSW, volunteer coordinator for Memorial Hospital's hospice program. She explained that volunteers help hospice to provide services it otherwise could not offer.

"The training will offer an opportunity to reach out to our communities, educate the public about end-of-life care, as well as recognize and recruit hospice volunteers," said Ventello.

"Duties vary, but hospice volunteers are usually counted on to keep the patient company, provide a link to the hospice staff, be a support person, do chores around the house, run errands and provide physical care. We are especially looking for volunteers interested in the fund raising aspect of being a hospice volunteer. There are many opportunities to organize, assist and or create fundraising events that in turn benefit all the hospice patients and their families," she said.

Memorial Hospital's hospice program has a team of 20-plus committed hospice volunteers who perform duties such as providing administrative assistance in the office, taking care of terminally ill patients and their caregivers, offering bereavement support to families, and fundraising activities.

"These wonderful volunteers give their time and talents and are an essential part of the meaningful experience that hospice care offers", says Ventello. "We all need to be reminded of the value of family, community and the power of committed individuals to do good for others. Volunteering for hospice offers a chance to serve goals larger than self," she said.

Anyone who is interested in becoming a hospice volunteer or have hospice questions in general, contact Trudy Ventello, Memorial Hospital Hospice Volunteer Coordinator at 570-268-2233. Please call to register for the seven-week volunteer training course as well at 570-268-2233.

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Press Release
February 4, 2014
Contact: Jeff Russell 268-2444