DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., April 13, 2017 On April 3, Florida Hospital HospiceCare hosted a celebratory brunch and guided tour of the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art in Daytona Beach to honor and recognize their volunteers for their dedicated service.
We look forward to this event each year, as it gives us a wonderful opportunity to honor all those who give back in our community, said Rema Cole, Florida Hospital HospiceCare administrative director. We have more than 180 volunteers for Florida Hospital HospiceCare and are so grateful for their meaningful service.
Throughout Volusia and Flagler counties, Florida Hospital HospiceCare volunteers provide a variety of duties from performing administrative tasks, to providing respite, companionship and spiritual support. Florida Hospital HospiceCare volunteers also offer pet therapy for patients and assist in the in-patient units and Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House, creating a supportive and caring environment for patients and their families.
These individuals are dedicated to our mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ. The power of the love, peace and comfort that they provide to our patients and families is truly immeasurable, Cole added.
In 2016, Florida Hospital HospiceCare volunteers contributed nearly 15,200 volunteer hours, at a value of almost $360,000.
While this cost savings is very important, our hospice volunteers most important contribution was in their connection to patients and their families, and the comfort and enhanced quality of life this connection created, Cole said.
During the event, Cole and Kathy Garcia, Florida Hospital HospiceCare assistant director of clinical operations, presented service awards to individual volunteers for their contributions.
The following volunteers were recognized for more than 15 years of service: Mary Ellen Keck, Elizabeth Klein and Jay Van Rhee.
The following volunteers were recognized for 15 years of service: Tim Klein, Teri Kowalski and Maureen Villiotte.
The following volunteers were recognized for more than 10 years of service: Kathy Lynch, Walt Roberts and Nancy Suthard.
The following volunteers were recognized for 10 years of service: Susan Cole, Janice Faucher, Diane Gordner, Lyn Leitschuh, Mary Jo Meese, Sandy Ward and Judith Wendler.
The following volunteers were recognized for more than 5 years of service: Mary Bartimoccia, Marti Breehl, Carol Cattell, Glenna Colley, Irene Corday, Mary DeGovanni, Sue Doidge, Doris Edmonds, Sherry Gilbert, Kiralyna Halchishak, Mary Hormovitis, Cathie Irene, Mildred Jones, Kay Kerins, Charlotte McBride Diane Mettler, Maurice Millard, Valerie Millard, Yvonne Monsanto, Linda ONeill, Maritza Patterson, Helen Radin, Nancy Saum, Richard Sowle, Mary Stevenson, Nancy Toms, Patricia Vath, Dortha Walker and Paul Wilhelmsen.
The following volunteers were recognized for 5 years of service: Robin Broadfield, Elizabeth Cronin, Carol Downs, Joe Driscoll, Sue Fricker, Sandi Judy, Bonnie Maguire and Bonnie Metz.
The following volunteers were recognized for 1 year of service: DL Ballas, Joyce Beuchert, Anne Campbell, Joan Chase, Carol Chemke, Janet Cramer-Binkley, Hilda Cruz, Robin Dupont , Sally Ferguson, Claudette Gagnon, Judy Hahn, Patricia Henkel, Lynn Henningsen, Meredith Luongo, Mike Matuciana, JoAnn McCormick, Lois McDonough, Linda Millican, Terry Morrin, Yolanda Munzert, Gail Pieroni, Sharon Piers and Beth Taylor.
Gib Gibbons, Harriet Norris, Bill Roy, Edie Roy, and Suzy Suring were granted Honorary Emeritus status as a mark of their distinguished volunteer service.
About Florida Hospital HospiceCare
Florida Hospital HospiceCare, a division of Florida Hospital Flagler and a member of Adventist Health System, is the areas only faith-based, not-for-profit hospice organization accredited by The Joint Commission. Since 1996, Florida Hospital HospiceCare has provided life-affirming care to the residents of Volusia and Flagler counties facing life-limiting illnesses and injuries. With an interdisciplinary team of hospice-trained specialists, Florida Hospital HospiceCare provides services to patients, either in their own home, or in one of the Florida Hospital HospiceCare inpatients units designed for acute care. For more information on Florida Hospital HospiceCare, call our administrative office at Call386-671-2138 or Call1-800-404-1133.