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Volunteers help hospice efforts

April 14, 2012
Daily Press

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From OSF Home Care Services:

"April is National Volunteer Month, a time in which OSF Home Care Services would like to express appreciation for its dedicated volunteers.

"Volunteers are the core and heart of any hospice program," said Donna Medina, vice president for OSF Home Care and Hospice. "We thank our hospice volunteers and highlight the need for more volunteers in this important healthcare ministry For some of patients, our volunteers and staff are the only company they receive.

"Hospice volunteers are used in many different ways, including spending time with patients and their families, running errands, grocery shopping, staying with the patient so the caregiver can go to appointments, as well as for more traditional duties such as doing clerical work and staffing health fairs. Quite simply, hospice volunteers help us provide whatever the patient and family members need most to ease their hearts and minds and focus on their loved one.

"Hospice volunteers are trained by OSF Home Care Services staff and assigned to patients. During training, volunteers learn about hospice; the OSF team; death and dying; signs and symptoms of diagnosis; how to handle situations with the patients and their loved ones; religious and cultural diversity; and grief issues.

"To learn more about volunteering with OSF Home Care Services, contact Ilene Kotajarvi, Escanaba volunteer coordinator, at (906) 786-3915 or visit"


Each Saturday the Daily Press salutes individuals and groups from our area who have had a very positive impact on the way we live.

We identify our bouquet recipients in one of two ways: from Daily Press news pages and from nominations sent in by our readers.

Mail us a postcard or letter identifying your nomination and putting into detail what they've done. Include your name, address, and phone number. Send nominations to Saturday Bouquets, The Daily Press, 600 Ludington Street, Escanaba, MI 49829.

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