Letters to the Editor

Thanks to all who volunteer

In honor of National Volunteer Month, we want to publicly thank the more than 397 volunteers whose dedication and selfless commitment enable Hospice of Southern Illinois to fulfill its mission: to enhance the quality of life for individuals and their loved ones touched by a terminal illness. Their acts of compassion, both large and small, allow our patients comfort and companionship that make the difference at a very critical point in their lives.

Hospice of Southern Illinois’ volunteers provide thousands of hours of service in a variety of roles, whether at the bedside of a patient in a long-term-care facility, in their home or a home of a family member, in the hospital, or in one of our three Hospice of Southern Illinois’ locations, providing invaluable assistance with the countless administrative and fund-raising projects. Volunteers have enthusiastically embraced the many volunteer opportunities of our Hospice Home, Relais Bonne Eau in Edwardsville.

As we prepare activities for our 34th year of service to our 27 counties in wouthern Illinois, let us not forget the volunteerism that began Hospice of Southern Illinois, then Belleville Hospice in our northern service area and Hospice Care Inc. in the southern service area. Our roots are grounded in the dedicated work of our volunteers; in fact, the role of the volunteer is built into Medicare regulations. They require that 5 percent of patient care hours be provided by trained volunteers.

People who are interested in the many Hospice of Southern Illinois volunteer opportunities throughout our 27 counties can call 800-233-1708 or visit our website www.hospice.org for more information and the dates for upcoming volunteer trainings.

Rebecca J. Wisdom

President and chief executive officer

Hospice of Southern Illinois Inc.