Compassus – Iowa Recognizes Local Volunteers

Bill Kupersmith receives top volunteer recognition for dedicated service during National Volunteer Week

The Compassus programs serving Eastern Iowa and the surrounding areas is proud to recognize Bill Kupersmith and all hospice volunteers during National Volunteer Week April 15-21 for providing companionship, support and dignity to hospice patients and their loved ones. Kupersmith has been a volunteer chaplain at Compassus for 10 years and is retiring this year. 


“We are proud to recognize Bill for his efforts to honor life and offer hope to individuals facing life-limiting illnesses by supporting them with compassion, integrity and excellence,” said Patricia Christy, executive director for Compassus – Cedar Falls. “Volunteers like Bill 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. Bill's loyalty and work ethic are unparalleled and he will be truly missed upon his retirement this year.”


“Whether listening quietly, reading a book or simply running errands, volunteers make a meaningful impact on our patients and their families,” said Matthew Ulven, M.D., associate medical director for Compassus – Cedar Falls. “I want to thank Bill 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.


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