Memorial hospice awards announced

Seen, from left, are Helen Howard, Tom Kalina, Elaine McNamara, Robert Sauer and Jorae Fredrick.

OWOSSO — Thursday, “MVP” Memorial Healthcare hospice volunteers were honored at the annual hospice volunteer appreciation dinner with more than 60 people in attendance.

The evening was a time for the team to thank the volunteers for more than 2,100 hours of service given during 2018.

“You truly are the ‘MVPs’ of our hospice program,” Lori Luchenbill, hospice volunteer coordinator, told those in attendance. “The hours provided by our volunteers ranged from companionship, pet therapy, flower ministry, haircuts and spending time with patients spouses providing support and friendship. This support is also carried over within the office, creating admission charts and bags for our hospice patients to scanning and filing charts. We truly could not do it without our volunteers.”

The John and Catherine Cain Award was presented to Robert Sauer for his time given to direct patient care.

The Basil Henry Award went to Jorae Fredrick for providing indirect patient care.

The Hospice Angel award was presented to Elaine McNamara, a physician assistant who visits hospice patients when a personal visit is required to complete admission to the hospice program.

The Norbert Smith Award was presented to Helen Howard, executive director of Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee County, for her continued community support of Memorial Healthcare Hospice.

The Joan Mack Award was given to Tom Kalina, a staff member who provides care and service to Memorial Hospice patients and their families.

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