MOUNTAIN GROVE, Mo. – The Compassus program serving Mountain Grove and the surrounding areas is proud to recognize Evelyn Harper and all hospice volunteers during National Volunteer Week April 15-21 for providing companionship, support and dignity to hospice patients and their loved ones. Harper has been volunteering at Compassus since 2004.
“We are proud to recognize Evelyn for her efforts to honor life and offer hope to individuals facing life-limiting illnesses by supporting them with compassion, integrity and excellence,” said Carla Roberts, executive director for Compassus – Mountain Grove. “Volunteers like Evelyn are fundamental to the Compassus mission of delivering the highest quality care. These caring individuals extend the reach of hospice employees, creating the opportunity to do more for more patients and their families.”
“Whether listening quietly, reading a book or simply running errands, volunteers make a meaningful impact on our patients and their families,” said Lori MacPherson, M.D., medical director for Compassus – Mountain Grove. “I want to thank Evelyn and all of the volunteers on our team for their commitment to those we serve.”
According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, there are an estimated 450,000 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.
“Evelyn is always willing to take on a challenge. She has been called numerous times at the spur of the moment to sit with a patient in need and she always manages to work around her schedule to make sure the patient is taken care of,” said Janean Miller, volunteer coordinator for Compassus – Mountain Grove. “She is a great asset to our team and her fellow volunteers.”
For more information about National Volunteer Week, visit pointsoflight.org/signature-events/national-volunteer-week.
For information about Compassus – Mountain Grove, please visit compassus.com/mountain-grove or call (417) 926-4146.