The annual St. Anthony Hospice Volunteer of the Year event was held on Thursday, April 11th to honor active volunteers for their service during 2018.
The theme this year was “Recipe for Success”. Marcia Schaefer, Home Health, Hospice, & Public Health director, offered her personal thanks and appreciation for all the volunteers do.
"We are extremely grateful for the devotion of our hospice volunteers," Schaefer said. "I can't imagine how patients and families could cope without some of the services that our volunteers provide. Their vocation to hospice is invaluable."
In 2018, 22 volunteers served 33 patients and their families. Volunteers offered patient companionship, socialization, and respite care for a total of 834 hours, up 151 hours from last year. Volunteers traveled 5,835 miles to benefit community members. Volunteers also spent approximately 32 hours helping at the two fundraising events: the Carroll Rotary/St. Anthony Regional Hospice Softball Tournament and the Tree of Love ornament sales and service.
Ann Wenck was named the Volunteer of the Year for the second consecutive year. Ann served 238 hours in 2018. She stayed with patients during the overnight hours who were actively dying. She continued offering respite care and direct patient companionship to a patient that Hospice has been caring for since August of 2016.
"Ann has been a confidant and friend to many patients and family members," said Carmen Schimmer, St. Anthony Hospice Volunteer and Bereavement Coordinator. "She has been a longtime advocate for our patients’ care and for the mission and purpose of hospice. Her dedication is an inspiration to us all."
"Hospice volunteers gave of their time and served with integrity and fairness," said Schimmer. "Volunteers showed kindness, compassion, patience, and love to those served through hospice."
Volunteers were served a meal prior to the program which ended with a drawing for door prizes. Winners included JoAnn Brincks, Virginia Hageman, Doris Hugg, Mary Lux, Rebecca McKinsey, Denise Muhlberger, Dale Schmidt, Mary Lou Reiman, and Ann Wenck.