Jo Darius Honored by Pathways Hospice with One from the Heart Award

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During her 15 years as a Pathways Hospice volunteer, Jo Darius has shared her musical, organizational, and interpersonal skills. A resident of Los Altos, California, she will be honored by Pathways Hospice at the 21st Annual One from the Heart Awards Breakfast for her volunteer service to hospice patients.

Jo Darius

"Her volunteer contributions to Pathways Hospice patients and families have had a huge ripple effect of generosity and compassion throughout our organization and the communities we serve.”

Jo Darius, a resident of Los Altos, will be honored by Pathways Hospice at the 21st Annual One from the Heart Awards Breakfast on October 6, 2011. The One from the Heart Award is presented each year to honor individuals for their enduring contributions to hospice patients and families.

During her 15 years as a Pathways Hospice volunteer, Darius has shared her musical, organizational, and interpersonal skills. She uses her great love of music to connect with patients and families. Many a dementia patient has been calmed by the music she shares with them. She also plays the piano and chooses the musical program for Pathways Hospice’s Evening of Remembrance and Celebration of Light memorial events.

Darius was one of Pathways Hospice’s first bereavement volunteers, and she supports other volunteers as they follow up with families after a patient passes away. Most recently, Darius helped pioneer Pathways’ vigil volunteer program, which is made up of a dedicated group of volunteers that have received extra training in end-of-life care.

“The One from the Heart Award was created to honor individuals like Jo Darius,” said Sandra Coolidge, Vice President of Community Relation and Philanthropy. “Her volunteer contributions to Pathways Hospice patients and families have had a huge ripple effect of generosity and compassion throughout our organization and the communities we serve.”

The One from the Heart Award was established in 1991. Past recipients of the One from the Heart Award include Gerry Cummings, RN, Joyce Shefren, RN, Janis Bell, RN, Rosemary Maresca, RN, and the Staff and Volunteers of Pretoria Sungardens Hospice of South Africa.

A fundraiser for Pathways Home Health & Hospice, the One from the Heart Awards breakfast is scheduled for October 6, 2011, 7:30-9:30 am, at Crowne Plaza Cabaña Hotel in Palo Alto, California and attracts more than 600 community leaders, medical professionals and corporate sponsors annually. Emmy and Peabody Award winner Rita Williams of KTVU Channel 2 is returning for her 12th year as host of the event

For more information about Pathways Home Health & Hospice’s One from the Heart Awards Breakfast, call Holly Smith at 408.773.4109 or 408.730.1200. E-mail events@pathwayshealth.org or visit http://www.pathwayshealth.org/foundation.

About Pathways Home Health & Hospice
http://www.pathwayshealth.org/
Pathways Home Health & Hospice is a non-profit community based organization. Founded in 1977, Pathways now serves over 5000 families annually in five Bay Area counties. We care for patients in their place of residence, whether it be their home, hospital, nursing home or assisted living facility. Affiliated with El Camino Hospital and Sequoia Hospital since 1986, Pathways is accredited by The Joint Commission and is a member of the Visiting Nurses Association of America, California Hospice & Palliative Care Association, and the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization.

Donations received from the community by Pathways Home Health & Hospice provide services that would otherwise not be available, including 24/7 access to a specialized team of care providers, family bereavement counseling and support, integrative therapies, caregiver support, comfort care, and funding for under- and uninsured patients.

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