Hospice of Southern Illinois this month thanked its many volunteers, including one with 30 years of service, Jeanette Hoernis of Belleville, center. She is flanked by Susan Relfe, Volunteer Services supervisor, left, and Shelly Black, Volunteer Services coordinator.
From Illinois Business Journal news services
BELLEVILLE – Hospice of Southern Illinois is using April — National Volunteer Month — to thank more than 397 volunteers whose dedication helps enhance the quality of life for individuals and their loved ones touched by a terminal illness.
Hospice volunteers provide thousands of hours of service in a variety of roles, whether at the bedside of a patient in a long-term-care facility, in their home or a home of a family member, in the hospital, or in one of three Hospice of Southern Illinois’ locations. Volunteers have embraced many volunteer opportunities at the Hospice Home, Relais Bonne Eau in Edwardsville.
“As we prepare activities for our 34th year of service to our 27 counties in southern Illinois, let us not forget the volunteerism that began Hospice of Southern Illinois, then Belleville Hospice in our northern service area and Hospice Care, Inc in the southern service area. Our roots are grounded in the dedicated work of our volunteers; in fact the role of the volunteer is built into Medicare regulations which require that 5 percent of patient care hours be provided by trained volunteers,” said Rebecca Wisdom, president and chief executive officer of Hospice of Southern Illinois.
If you are interested in volunteer opportunities,call (800) 233-1708 or visit www.hospice.org for more information and the dates for upcoming trainings.