OSAGE BEACH, Mo. – The Compassus program serving Osage Beach and the surrounding areas is proud to recognize Randy Odam and all hospice volunteers during National Volunteer Week April 23-29 for providing companionship, support and dignity to hospice patients and their loved ones.
A retired pastor and hospice chaplain, Odam now volunteers his time to provide companionship to Compassus patients and families. Since he began volunteering in October 2013 Odam has worked with a total of 32 patients and has been assigned to work with as many as seven patients at a time.
“We are proud to recognize Randy for his efforts to honor life and offer hope to individuals facing life-limiting illnesses by supporting them with compassion, integrity and excellence,” said Mandy Lawrence, executive director for Compassus – Osage Beach. “Volunteers like Randy help make our mission a reality here at Compassus, and he is an invaluable 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 Cathy Knapp, volunteer coordinator for Compassus – Osage Beach. “I want to thank Randy 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 – Osage Beach, please visit compassus.com/osage-beach or call (573) 552-4104.