ST. LOUIS – The Compassus program serving St. Louis and the surrounding areas is proud to recognize Cathy Renfro and all hospice volunteers during National Volunteer Week April 15-21 for providing companionship, support and dignity to hospice patients and their loved ones.
“We are proud to recognize Cathy for her efforts to honor life and offer hope to individuals facing life-limiting illnesses by supporting them with compassion, integrity and excellence,” said Scott Rice, executive director for Compassus – St. Louis. “Volunteers like Cathy 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.”
“Cathy is our administrative volunteer whom does all from A to Z,” said Karen Riley, volunteer coordinator for Compassus – St. Louis. “In addition to the office work, she has sewn more than 100 shrouds for our veterans and also sews Alzheimer’s activity blankets for our patients. There isn't anything she can't and won't do to be of service.”
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 Gregory Zydiak, M.D., medical director for Compassus – St. Louis. “I want to thank Cathy 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 – St. Louis, please visit compassus.com/st-louis or call 314-731-4700.