Sutter Hospice Volunteer Receives National Honor for Service
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Presents Hospice Volunteer Awards at National Conference
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) has recognized Colonel Patsy Thompson, a volunteer with Sutter Care at Home Hospice in Roseville, California, as one of five outstanding volunteers in the United States.
The Volunteers are the Foundation of Hospice Award recognizes hospice volunteers who best reflect the universal concept of volunteerism in its truest sense—serving as an inspiration to others.
Chosen from more than 200 nominations, long-time Sutter Care at Home volunteer Col. Pat Thompson, travelled to the NHPCO’s national conference in Florida to receive her volunteer award. Last year, Thompson won the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association state volunteer of the year award.
Thompson, a volunteer with Sutter Care at Home Hospice in Roseville, California, was honored for Specialized Volunteer Service. In her twentieth year of volunteering for the hospice, she began by visiting patients with her spouse and their dog Pretzel. Now, Thompson has taken the lead of the “We Honor Our Veterans” ceremony program where she has been honored by the community and continues to serve with gusto.
Thompson served in the U.S. military for 37 years, and she is involved with Sutter Care at Home’s Roseville Hospice at Level IV for the We Honor Veterans program, the highest level in the NHPCO program.
“We are proud of Pat’s accomplishments and recognition as a NHPCO National Hospice Volunteer. Pat’s dedication and commitment to hospice patients & families has been key to the success of our volunteer program.” Monique Reese, DNP, Chief Clinical Officer for Sutter Care at Home.
NHPCO reports that there are more than 430,000 trained hospice volunteers contributing more than 19 million hours of service to hospice organizations across the country.
About the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
NHPCO is the oldest and largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. NHPCO’s mission is to lead and mobilize social change for improved care at the end of life.
About Sutter Care at Home
Sutter Care at Home, part of the Sutter Health network of care, is one of the largest not-for-profit home health care and hospice agencies in Northern California and serves nearly 200,000 patients in 23 counties each year. Sutter Care at Home care teams deliver home health care, hospice, geriatric and palliative care, home infusion therapy, respiratory care and home medical equipment , Advanced Illness Management (AIM), PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly), bereavement and grief support, and community flu and wellness programs.