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Highland woman honored by Hospice of Southern Illinois

Shelly Black (on left), Hospice of Southern Illinois volunteer services supervisor, and Sally Koval (on right), volunteer service coordinator, present Pat Maroon of Highland with the Butterfly Award” at the organization’s annual dinner on April 8.
Shelly Black (on left), Hospice of Southern Illinois volunteer services supervisor, and Sally Koval (on right), volunteer service coordinator, present Pat Maroon of Highland with the Butterfly Award” at the organization’s annual dinner on April 8. Provided

Pat Maroon of Highland was honored by Hospice of Southern Illinois at the organization’s annual dinner.

Maroon was given the Butterfly Award, a special recognition given to volunteers who guarantee the “ongoing quality of services Hospice of Southern Illinois’ services.”

It is bestowed up those who “give so much of their time to our patients and staff, and donate their talents to serve our mission, to enhance the quality of life for individuals and their loved ones touched by a terminal illness,” said Christine Litteken, community education coordinator for Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Hospice of Southern Illinois is a not-for-profit organization that serves 27 counties in southern Illinois.

Hospice of Southern Illinois has more than 300 volunteers who gave over 9,700 hours of their time in 2016.

“These volunteers go above and beyond the national requirements because they know what they do makes a huge impact on patients and families in this community,” a Hospice of Southern Illinois news release said. “The difference they make is immeasurable. The smiles on patients faces, the relief families describe, and the requests made from staff are constant affirmation that the volunteers are so significant to Hospice of Southern Illinois’ goals of care.”

To learn more about volunteer programs, how volunteers play a role in the circle of care, or to become a volunteer for Hospice of Southern Illinois, visit the website, hospice.org/volunteer or contact Shelly Black or Sally Koval at 618-235-1703,or Rita Spiller or Donna Cunetto at 618-997-3030.

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