NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Compassus program serving North Andover and the surrounding areas is proud to recognize Edith Machado and all hospice volunteers during National Volunteer Week April 15-21 for providing companionship, support and dignity to hospice patients and their loved ones. Machado, a retired registered nurse, has been volunteering at Compassus for six years and is the program’s longest tenured volunteer.
“We are proud to recognize Edith for her efforts to honor life and offer hope to individuals facing life-limiting illnesses by supporting them with compassion, integrity and excellence,” said Joseph Peterson, executive director for Compassus – North Andover. “Volunteers like Edith, who are passionate about end-of-life care and generous with their time and talents, 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 Janarthanan Someswarananthan, M.D., medical director for Compassus – North Andover. “I want to thank Edith 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.
For more information about National Volunteer Week, visit pointsoflight.org/signature-events/national-volunteer-week.
For information about Compassus – North Andover, please visit compassus.com/north-andover or call 978-777-8222.