April 26, 2018
SALISBURY–Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care honored dedicated volunteers from the Lower Eastern Shore who help ensure patients and families facing serious and life-limiting illness find care, compassion and support. Over the past year, volunteers in all roles contributed more than 14,000 service hours.
“Hospice volunteers play an indispensable role in enabling Coastal Hospice to offer the best care possible for our patients, their families and caregivers. By sharing their time, energy, and expertise, our volunteers bring compassion and caring to the lives of those in need,” said Coastal Hospice President Alane Capen.
To recognize and celebrate the 172 hospice volunteers, Coastal Hospice hosted brunches during National Volunteer Week (April 15-21) and honored two volunteers with the annual Heart of Hospice Award – Annette Conger, patient support volunteer, and Cindi Strawley, patient care volunteer.
The Heart of Hospice Award is named for one of Coastal Hospice’s founders and most beloved volunteers, Jean Camie Jackson. This year’s award was presented by retired Circuit Court Judge, W. Newton Jackson, III, Jackson’s son, at the Berlin volunteer brunch.
Coastal Hospice also provided “You Make a Difference” certificates to Jeanne Corbo, Pam Ferinde, Weezie Hartman, Ellen Lowe, Walter McCabe, Diana Pikulsky, Carolyn Post and Pat Ziolkowski for their remarkable number of volunteer hours in patient care, administrative support, bereavement and thrift shop roles.
Volunteers may provide comfort and companionship to patients and families; administrative office support; emotional support and assistance during a 13-month bereavement period; support to the operation of the Thrift Shop; and special military visits to veteran patients.
Founded in 1980, Coastal Hospice is a nonprofit health care organization that cares for individuals facing life-limiting conditions but who want to remain as active and engaged as possible. Coastal Hospice cares for patients in their home, nursing home, assisted living facility or at Coastal Hospice at the Lake.