Pathways Hospice Honors Doreta Strotman with 35th Anniversary Volunteer Award

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Five weeks can change a life. For Doreta Strotman, those five weeks were when her husband received hospice care from Pathways Home Health & Hospice. In appreciation of the support and comfort her family received during that time, Strotman began to volunteer at Pathways Hospice.

Doreta Strotman to Receive 35th Anniversary Volunteer Award

In honor of her steadfast commitment and tireless volunteering at Pathways, Doreta Strotman will receive a special 35th Anniversary Volunteer Award.

Five weeks can change a life. For Doreta Strotman, those five weeks were when her husband received hospice care from Pathways Home Health & Hospice. In appreciation of the support and comfort her family received during that time, Doreta began to volunteer at Pathways. Seven years later, she has devoted almost 4,000 hours in service and helps daily in the Foundation office at Pathways.

In honor of her steadfast commitment and tireless volunteering at Pathways, Doreta will receive a special 35th Anniversary Volunteer Award from Pathways Home Health & Hospice at its signature fundraising event in October. In addition to providing administrative help at Pathways, Doreta, an accomplished musician, often plays the piano at Pathways events. Her music has greeted guests to the One from the Heart Awards Breakfast since 2005.

Doreta’s volunteer award will be presented at the One from the Heart Awards Breakfast Friday, October 5, 2012, at the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel in Palo Alto. The popular annual Pathways breakfast attracts more than 600 community leaders, medical professionals, philanthropists, and other hospice supporters, and has raised almost $4 million in support of hospice and home health services.

This year, national best-selling author and journalist Jon Katz will be the featured speaker at the Breakfast sharing endearing and funny stories about the joy and love he and his dog brought to hospice patients. Their story is told in his heart warming book, Izzy and Lenore: Two Dogs, an Unexpected Journey, and Me. Emmy, Peabody, and Murrow Award winner Rita Williams of KTVU Channel 2 is returning for her 13th year as host of the event held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Individual seats, as well as tables of 10, are available for this event. For more information about the One from the Heart Awards Breakfast, call Holly Smith at 408.773.4109 or 408.730.1200, email events@pathwayshealth.org or visit http://www.pathwayshealth.org/foundation.

Pathways Home Health & Hospice is a non-profit, community based organization celebrating its 35th anniversary. Pathways was founded in 1977 by a group of Stanford physicians who saw the community’s need for professional care at home. That year Pathways served 12 patients. Pathways now serves over 5,000 families a year in five Bay Area counties.

Pathways has been affiliated with El Camino and Sequoia Hospitals since 1986, is accredited by The Joint Commission, and is a member of the Visiting Nurses Association of America, California Hospice & Palliative Care Association, and the California Association of Health Services at Home.

For more information about Pathways services, summer grief workshops, volunteering, or making a donation in support of Pathways’ families, call 1 (888) 755.7855 or visit http://www.pathwayshealth.org/

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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