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MSHA to offer volunteer training session for hospice program

staff report • Mar 11, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Mountain States Hospice is seeking volunteers for its hospice program. A training session will be offered beginning March 20.

No medical background is required, only a willing heart and 12 hours of training. The job requires compassionate, caring individuals who would like to bring a ray of sunshine, love and care into the lives of the terminally ill and their families.

Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) Hospice volunteers perform a variety of vital tasks, including administrative duties, spending time with patients and providing respite for patient family members.

“We have an average now of 73 patients and our need for volunteers has greatly increased,” said Lena Onks, volunteer coordinator.

Hospice is focused on the patient and family and:

• Provides support and care for those in the last phases of life-limiting illness.

• Recognizes completing life is an important part of living.

• Affirms life and neither hastens nor postpones death.

• Focuses on quality of life for individuals and their family caregivers.

Training begins March 20 at the Mountain States Hospice Office, 101 Med Tech Park, Suite 100, Johnson City, Tenn., and lasts from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

“All ages can volunteer, from teenagers to retired people,” Onks said. “It’s such a wonderful program. This helps the patient but it also fills a need within the volunteers. It’s very rewarding and very uplifting to help others.”

To volunteer or for more information, contact Onks at 423-431-7608 or onksla@msha.com. Please RSVP by March 13.

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