BOURNE, Mass. – The Life Choice Hospice program serving Bourne and the surrounding areas is proud to recognize Mercedes Petkunas and all hospice volunteers during National Volunteer Week April 12-18 for providing companionship, support and dignity to hospice patients and their loved ones. Life Choice Hospice is part of the Hospice Compassus family.
“We are proud to recognize Mercedes for her efforts to honor life and offer hope to individuals facing a life-limiting illness by supporting them with compassion, integrity and excellence,” said Heather Greene, Executive Director for Life Choice – Bourne. “Mercedes’ positive attitude and contributions make her a dedicated member of our team, and we are fortunate to have her as a volunteer.”
“Volunteers help make our mission a reality here at Life Choice,” said Dr. Scott Graham, Medical Director of Life Choice – Bourne. “This National Volunteer Week, we are pleased to honor Mercedes for nearly seven years of service. She has a strong understanding of volunteer plan of care and is creative in her ways to enhance the quality of life for those served. Her compassion and gentle presence is a gift to all those she encounters. I want to thank her and all of the volunteers on our team for their true dedication to our patients and families.”
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.
Life Choice – Bourne will recognize its volunteers this week with a volunteer appreciation dinner.