The Compassus program serving Atlanta and the surrounding areas is proud to recognize Rhonda Waters and all hospice volunteers during National Volunteer Week April 23-29 for providing companionship, support and dignity to hospice patients and their loved ones. Waters has been volunteering at Compassus for 10 years.
An artist, Waters shares her gift with Compassus patients, conducting art classes and donating pieces of her work to patients and families. She also supports specialized programs such as: We Honor Veterans, providing specialized care to veterans facing a life-limiting illness; Dream Foundation, fulfilling wishes for those at the end of life; and the 11th Hour, offering support to loved ones when a patient is actively dying.
“Volunteering in hospice has been the most fulfilling privilege I have ever experienced,” said Waters. “It is such an honor to be able to get to know my patients and their families and help them at the end of their journey.”
“We are proud to recognize Rhonda for her efforts to honor life and offer hope to individuals facing life-limiting illnesses by supporting them with compassion, integrity and excellence,” said Eric Williams, executive director for Compassus – Atlanta. “Volunteers like Rhonda go above and beyond to help make our mission a reality here at Compassus, and we are fortunate to have her as a part of our care team.”
“Whether simply providing companionship or a listening presence, volunteers make a meaningful impact on our patients and their families,” said Dee Zeitounian, volunteer coordinator for Compassus – Atlanta. “I want to thank Rhonda and all of the volunteers on our team for their true dedication to those we serve.”
According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, there are an estimated 400,000 trained hospice volunteers providing more than 19 million hours of service to hospice programs each year. Hospice volunteers add to the care provided by physicians and other hospice staff by bringing companionship to people in the final months and weeks of life, providing respite to families and caregivers, and supporting the administrative responsibilities of hospice programs.
For more information about National Volunteer Week, visit pointsoflight.org/signature-events/national-volunteer-week.
For information about Compassus – Atlanta, please visit compassus.com/atlanta or call (770) 449-8142.