NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – The Compassus program serving Northampton and the surrounding areas is proud to recognize Casey O'Brien and all hospice volunteers during National Volunteer Week April 15-21 for providing companionship, support and dignity to hospice patients and their loved ones.
“Casey is a college student who provides our patients with companionship at the end of life,” said Judi Cotter, volunteer coordinator for Compassus – Northampton. “She is grounded, intelligent and compassionate, giving her time and heart to our patients.”
“We are proud to recognize Casey for her efforts to honor life and offer hope to individuals facing life-limiting illnesses by supporting them with compassion, integrity and excellence,” said Michelle Heron, executive director for Compassus – Northampton. “Volunteers like Casey 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.”
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 said Suzanne Jorey, M.D., medical director for Compassus – Northampton. “I want to thank Casey 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 – Northampton, please visit compassus.com/northampton or call 413-584-2069.