ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Compassus program serving Albuquerque and the surrounding areas is proud to recognize Julie Ambrogi and all hospice volunteers during National Volunteer Week April 23-29 for providing companionship, support and dignity to hospice patients and their loved ones. Ambrogi, a pet therapist, and her companion, Lucy, a Labrador Retriever, have been volunteering at Compassus since July 2009.
“We are proud to recognize Julie for her efforts to honor life and offer hope to individuals facing life-limiting illnesses by supporting them with compassion, integrity and excellence,” said Elizabeth Ross, executive director for Compassus – New Mexico. “Volunteers like Julie help make our mission a reality here at Compassus, and we are fortunate to have her as a part of our care team.”
“Whether simply providing companionship or a listening presence, volunteers make a meaningful impact on our patients and their families,” said Maria Garcia, volunteer coordinator for Compassus – New Mexico. “I want to thank Julie and all of the volunteers on our team for their true dedication to those we serve.”
According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, there are an estimated 400,000 trained hospice volunteers providing more than 19 million hours of service to hospice programs each year. Hospice volunteers add to the care provided by physicians and other hospice staff by bringing companionship to people in the final months and weeks of life, providing respite to families and caregivers, and supporting the administrative responsibilities of hospice programs.