COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Compassus program serving Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas is proud to recognize Bob Bee and all hospice volunteers during National Volunteer Week April 15-21 for providing companionship, support and dignity to hospice patients and their loved ones. Bee has been volunteering at Compassus for 13 years, giving more than 2,100 hours to the program.
“We are proud to recognize Bob for his efforts to honor life and offer hope to individuals facing life-limiting illnesses by supporting them with compassion, integrity and excellence,” said Lin Howland, executive director for Compassus – Colorado Springs. “Volunteers like Bob 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.”
“Bob has been tirelessly preparing bereavement mailings every week since he began volunteering in 2005,” said Nancy Oxenhandler, volunteer coordinator for Compassus – Colorado Springs. “He is an incredibly dedicated volunteer, and the only thing that’s ever kept him away are icy streets after a snowstorm.”
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.
“Whether listening quietly, reading a book or simply running errands, volunteers make a meaningful impact on our patients and their families,” said Daniel Ward, medical director for Compassus – Colorado Springs. “I want to thank Bob and all of the volunteers on our team for their commitment to those we serve.”
For more information about National Volunteer Week, visit pointsoflight.org/signature-events/national-volunteer-week.
For information about Compassus – Colorado Springs, please visit compassus.com/colorado-springs or call (719) 226-0091.