Awards Honoring Outstanding Hospice Volunteers Presented at National Conference in Kansas City

The Volunteers are the Foundation of Hospice Awards sponsored by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the National Hospice Foundation were presented today.

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The service of volunteers—in every aspect of hospice and palliative care—is truly a gift of caring that makes a world of difference to patients, families and the organization’s they serve.

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) September 26, 2013

The Volunteers are the Foundation of Hospice Awards recognizes hospice volunteers who best reflect the universal concept of volunteerism in its truest sense—serving as an inspiration to others.

These prestigious awards were presented this morning at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s 14th Clinical Team Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

This year’s recipients and the area for which they were honored are:

Cecil Bartlett, a volunteer with Casa de la Luz Hospice in Oro Valley, Arizona, for patient and family support.

Opal Phillips, a volunteer with Hospice of the Bluegrass in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, for organizational support.

Christina A. Solazzo, a volunteer with Suncoast Hospice in Clearwater, Florida, for outstanding teen service.

“When we take time to celebrate the amazing accomplishments of our nation’s most dedicated hospice volunteers, we celebrate the critically important work being done by hospice volunteers all across the country,” said J. Donald Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO.

NHPCO reports that there are more than 450,000 trained hospice volunteers contributing more than 21 million hours of service to hospice organizations across the country.

“Each and every hospice volunteer deserves recognition and the highest of accolades but the volunteers we are recognizing today truly demonstrate an outstanding level of commitment and passion. The service of volunteers—in every aspect of hospice and palliative care—is truly a gift of caring that makes a world of difference to patients, families and the organization’s they serve,” Schumacher remarked.

These volunteer awards were created and administered by NHPCO's National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals, a section of the organization’s membership that promotes the contributions and skills of the different professional disciplines that make up the hospice interdisciplinary team.