Published: 09/12/2014

Evangelical Hospice Welcomes New Volunteers and Staff

Evangelical Hospice recently held a volunteer training on September 8, 9, and 10, 2014 for those interested in giving their time and assisting with end of life care and comfort for families throughout the Susquehanna Valley.

Topics covered during training included Evangelical’s Hospice philosophy, communication skills, care and comfort measures, understanding bereavement and volunteer opportunities. Recently hired staff, Kara Persun, Volunteer Liaison and Kathy Paul, RN, also attended the training to familiarize themselves with the philosophy and mission of Evangelical Hospice.

The comprehensive Hospice program of Evangelical Community Hospital is celebrating its 25th year of service and helps patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families take comfort through care at home, providing support, giving breaks to a caregiver, and more. This is done through the valuable time given by volunteers who support patients and their families by providing care, visiting, listening, running errands, assisting with meals, and more. Evangelical’s philosophy of Hospice care emphasizes symptom management and adding quality of life to each day.

At the end of the three day session, Hospice welcomed 11 new volunteers to the fold of individuals who have chosen to give their time to help during life’s most difficult moments bringing the program’s volunteer brigade to nearly 100 strong.

For more information about Evangelical Hospice, volunteer opportunities, and available services call 570-522-2550.

Evangelical’s 2014 Class of Hospice Volunteers. Pictured front row, kneeling, left to right: Daniel Rathfon of Northumberland, Kathryn Brady of Mifflinburg, and Catherine Douglas of Milton. Back row, left to right, Joyce Wilson of Montgomery, Margaret Davis of Lewisburg, Marcia Lobel of Lewisburg, Larry Rafes of Milton, Thomas Cook of Watsontown, Jim and Linda Sprouse of Lewisburg, and Kathleen Emery of Watsontown. Not pictured: Kathy Paul, RN and Kara Persun, Volunteer Liaison, recently hired employees who also went through the 2014 training.