To the Editor:
With utmost gratitude, we want to take this opportunity during Volunteer Appreciation Week to honor the kindhearted people who choose to volunteer with KishHealth System Hospice, part of Northwestern Medicine.
Our nearly 250 hospice volunteers are an important addition to the day-to-day care, selflessly offering their time and varied life experiences to support our Hospice patients, Transitions clients and their families.
Besides our direct care volunteers, who bring comfort through visits with our patients and families, the many other volunteers provide support to the hospice staff by sharing their time through baking, performing office work, delivering supplies, helping with mailings, sewing and assisting with community health fairs. We are extremely fortunate to have over 2900 hours donated this past year alone.
Most often people have known someone who has benefited from hospice services and join our staff with a desire and common goal: to assist people to live with dignity and hope in ways that best meet their needs while coping with end-of-life issues. We could not do the essential work of hospice care without our dedicated, compassionate volunteers.
Sue A. Goudy
Volunteer/ Transitions Program Coordinator
Director, KishHealth System Hospice, part of Northwestern Medicine