Volunteers Sought for St. Barnabas Hospice

VALENCIA, PA (Nov. 19, 2012) – Volunteers are sought by St. Barnabas Hospice to make a difference in the lives of terminally ill patients and their families.  Volunteers are needed to visit hospice patients throughout St. Barnabas’ campuses to support families with services such as friendly visits, light housekeeping and errands. Opportunities for volunteering with clerical duties in the office are also available.

A free training program will be provided to those interested in volunteering with St. Barnabas Hospice.  The training session is scheduled for Thursday, November 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The Woodlands Lodge, 200 Lodge Lane, Valencia. Accommodations can be made for anyone who cannot attend on this day. For more information or an application, call Gary Goerk at 724-444-5541 or e-mail ggoerk@stbarnabashealthsystem.com.

The training program will include:

  • An introduction to hospice care
  • Education on death, dying and grief
  • Developing communication and support skills

“St. Barnabas’ hospice nurses, aides and companions fulfill an important role in providing physical care and support to the patient,” said Kellie Kelly, director of St. Barnabas Hospice.  “However, the emotional needs for hospice patients and their families are so great that volunteers – who often have unique, relevant personal experience – can make a tremendous and positive impact upon people going through a difficult time.  That’s why we’re looking for a group of caring volunteers to enhance our hospice program.  Each volunteer can give as little or as much time as is suitable for their personal situation.”

St. Barnabas Hospice is operated by St. Barnabas Medical Center to support terminally ill patients and their families at the end stages.  Services include pain management and care for the patient’s physical needs plus counseling and support for the patient’s family members.  For more information about St. Barnabas Hospice, call 724-444-5502.

About St. Barnabas:
St. Barnabas Health System is the largest health care concern of its kind in Pennsylvania and offers service apart from the ordinary in a faith-based, non-denominational setting.  Tracing its heritage back to 1900, the system serves approximately 900 inpatients and residents, plus 35,000 outpatients and home care clients.  The health system is composed of the St. Barnabas Communities, including The Village at St. Barnabas, The Washington Place at St. Barnabas, The Woodlands at St. Barnabas and White Tail Ridge; St. Barnabas Clinical Services, including St. Barnabas Nursing Home, St. Barnabas Medical Center, Valencia Woods at St. Barnabas and The Arbors at St. Barnabas; and St. Barnabas Charities, the fund-raising arm, which includes the Kean Theatre and Rudolph Auto Repair.

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