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Cedar Valley Hospice volunteers recognized

October 1, 2011
Reinbeck Courier

Each year, the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Iowa honors volunteers from hospice organizations across the state. The following volunteers were nominated by Cedar Valley Hospice and honored at a special luncheon September 13, in Des Moines.

Dorothy Frank completed Cedar Valley Hospice volunteer training in 1997. As a patient/family volunteer in Waterloo, Dorothy has used her kind and caring nature to provide comfort to 55 hospice patients and their families.

Al & Kathy Janssen are dedicated volunteers who seek to make each moment matter in the lives of patients and families in the Waverly area. In their nearly 15 years of service it is rare for them to turn down a volunteer request.

Deb Platt has been a life-long volunteer for many organizations. Deb and her late husband were very active in the Shriners, Masons and the church. Their daughters choosing careers in the medical profession began a natural transition for Deb to begin volunteering for Cedar Valley Hospice in Independence.

Shirley VanDeest from Grundy Center has been a volunteer since 2002. Shirley is a patient family

volunteer, makes phone calls for the Rest Assured Program, assists the office with bulk mailings, She

is a member of the Advisory Committee and helps support fundraising events throughout the agency.

Marty Wylie, a volunteer from Waterloo, completed Cedar Valley Hospice training in 2010. Her calm and friendly personality provides a pleasant greeting to Cedar Valley Hospice Home visitors and callers.

Cedar Valley Hospice is a not-for-profit, multi-service agency, providing comprehensive palliative and end-of-life care to terminally ill individuals, support for patients' families, and services to those who grieve. Services through Cedar Valley Hospice are available to anyone suffering from any life-limiting illness, regardless of their age, diagnosis or ability to pay. Grief support is available to anyone in the community struggling with the death of a loved one and is offered free of charge.Cedar Valley Hospice serves Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Grundy, Tama, parts of Benton, Chickasaw, Delaware, Fayette, Floyd, Hardin, Linn, and Marshall counties.



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