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Florida Hospital Recognizes Hospice Volunteers for Their Dedication & Service

ORMOND BEACH, Fla., March 2, 2017 – On Feb. 11, Florida Hospital HospiceCare celebrated their 140 volunteers for their dedicated service with tickets to a musical performance at the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center followed by a special recognition reception.
 
“We are so thankful for each of our volunteers and their meaningful service to our patients and their families,” said Rema Cole, Florida Hospital HospiceCare administrative director. “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.”
 
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. 
 
In 2017, Florida Hospital HospiceCare volunteers contributed more than 11,500 volunteer hours, at a value of nearly $280,000. 
 
“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, individual volunteers received awards for their years of service to Florida Hospital HospiceCare. 
 
The following volunteers were recognized for more than 15 years of service: Mary Ellen Keck, Elizabeth Klein, Tim Klein, Teri Kowalski, Jay Van Rhee, Suzy Suring and Maureen Villiotte.
 
The following volunteers were recognized for more than 10 years of service: Susan Cole, Janice Faucher, Diane Gordner, Lyn Leitschuh, Kathy Lynch, Mary Jo Meese, Nancy Suthard, Sandy Ward and Judith Wendler. 
 
The following volunteers were recognized for 10 years of service: Kiralyna Halchishak, Mildred Jones, Diane Mettler, Linda O’Neill and Maritza Patterson. 
 
The following volunteers were recognized for more than 5 years of service: Marti Breehl, Robin Broadfield, Glenna Colley, Elizabeth Cronin, Mary DeGovanni, Sue Doidge, Carol Downs, Joe Driscoll, Doris Edmonds, Sherry Gilbert, Mary Hormovitis, Cathie Irene, Sandi Judy, Kay Kerins, Bonnie Maguire, Bonnie Metz, Maurice Millard, Valerie Millard, Yvonne Monsanto, Mary Stevenson, Nancy Toms, and Patricia Vath. 
 
The following volunteers were recognized for 5 years of service: Kate Abels, Raymond Abels, Kate Baechtle, Becky Couture, Denise D’Angelo, Karen Duffy, Mary Goodfriend, Jane Grimes, Doris Hume, Grace Hutto, Yvonne McAdams, Pat Rekart, DeeDee Turlington, Janette Webb and Linda Wolf. 
 
The following volunteers were recognized for 1 year of service: George Baechtle, Nancy Booher, Joan Ferrante, Thekla Forse, Thomas Howell, Paula Maas, Mary Matson, Bonnie Palatini, Cliff Ridilla, Mary Ellen Ridilla, Nancy Roberts, Judi Sever, Tony Sever and Clara Youngblade.
 
About Florida Hospital HospiceCare
Florida Hospital HospiceCare, a division of Florida Hospital Flagler and a member of Adventist Health System, is the area’s 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 386-671-2138 or 1-800-404-1133 or visit www.floridahospitalhospice.org. 
 
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On Feb. 11, Florida Hospital HospiceCare celebrated their 140 volunteers for their dedicated service with tickets to a musical performance at the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center followed by a special recognition reception. During the event, Florida Hospital HospiceCare recognized the following volunteers for more than 15 years of service (from left to right): Jay Van Rhee, Tim Klein, Elizabeth Klein, and Mary Ellen Keck. Not pictured: Teri Kowalski, Suzy Suring, and Maureen Villiotte.