Talbot Hospice Trains 20 New Volunteers


Twenty new Talbot Hospice volunteers completed orientation and comprehensive training in March. This specialized training provides in-depth understanding of the special needs of hospice patients and their families at end of life. The 16-hour training session focuses on an array of topics such as hospice philosophy, listening skills, family dynamics, grief and loss,and patient safety.

Pictured: 19 of 20 new Talbot Hospice volunteers who recently attended the 16-hour spring training session. Seated (l-r): James Steele, Melissa Martelli, Jennifer Brohawn, Cynthia Orem, Sandy Kepler, Leslie Jackson, Carol Koste, Cindy Gerber, Talbot Hospice Director of Finance Amy Stitcher, and Ellen Schiller; Standing (l-r): Eileen Van Dyke, Eunice Roberts, Rose Miles, Gloria Finn, Sue McLaughlin, Colin Perry, Christian Jackson, Simon Arnstein, Royce Ball, Francine Verwiel, and Talbot Hospice Director of Volunteer Services Lori Miller.

According to Talbot Hospice Executive Director Vivian Dodge, volunteers are an integral part of Talbot Hospice, and they enrich the lives of patients, families, and staff each day in a multitude of ways. “Their dedication, compassion, and expertise are priceless, and we thank them for joining our organization. We treasure volunteers as valuable members of our hospice team,” said Dodge.

Talbot Hospice has more than 200 volunteers who contribute an average of 15,000 hours annually doing a variety of jobs such as hands on patient care in Hospice House, cooking meals, gardening, transporting patients to appointments, serving as a companion in a patient’s home, answering the phones, and greeting visitors, to name a few. For more information on volunteering, visit TalbotHospice.org/Volunteer or call Lori Miller, Director of Volunteer Services, at 410-822-6681.

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