Compassus – Pittsburg Recognizes Local Volunteers

Don Noland receives top volunteer recognition for dedicated service during National Volunteer Week

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Compassus program serving Pittsburg and the surrounding areas is proud to recognize Don Noland and all hospice volunteers during National Volunteer Week April 15-21 for providing companionship, support and dignity to hospice patients and their loved ones. The program will hold a volunteer appreciation banquet on Saturday, April 28, to present certificates recognizing volunteers for years of service and number of hours donated in the past year.


“We are proud to recognize Don for his efforts to honor life and offer hope to individuals facing life-limiting illnesses by supporting them with compassion, integrity and excellence,” said Janet Gard, executive director for Compassus – Pittsburg. “Volunteers like Don 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.”


“Don is a retired judge and could have spent his retirement years doing almost anything, but he chose to dedicate his time to taking care of patients in need,” said Danny Mullins, chaplain for Compassus – Pittsburg. “From getting a group of long-term care residents together to play cards to delivering supplies, Don is the definition of a servant leader.”


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 John Alden, D.O., medical director for Compassus – Pittsburg. “I want to thank Don and all of the volunteers on our team for their commitment to those we serve.” 


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