TULLAHOMA, Tenn. – The Compassus program serving Bedford, Cannon, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy and Moore Counties is proud to recognize Kathleen Shea and all hospice volunteers during National Volunteer Week April 23-29 for providing companionship, support and dignity to hospice patients and their loved ones.
Shea worked at Arnold Air Force Base for 43 years and recently retired. She has been volunteering at Compassus for 18 years.
“We are proud to recognize Kathleen for her efforts to honor life and offer hope to individuals facing life-limiting illnesses by supporting them with compassion, integrity and excellence,” said Edie Rimas, executive director for Compassus – Tullahoma. “Volunteers like Kathleen 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 Rob Nichols, M.D., medical director for Compassus – Tullahoma. “I want to thank Kathleen 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 information about Compassus – Tullahoma, please visit compassus.com/tullahoma or call (931) 563-4061.