Hospice of WRMC Announces the Margo Wheeler Hurd Service Award
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tammy G. Love
Director of Marketing & Medical Staff Development
Phone: (336) 651-8116
North Wilkesboro, NC - Hospice of Wilkes Regional Medical Center (WRMC) recognized three volunteers for outstanding service at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet on March 31, 2009.
Bernice Shew was named recipient of the Margo Wheeler Hurd Service Award. The Margo Wheeler Hurd Service Award is presented to an outstanding volunteer who demonstrates the philosophy of Hospice care. Criteria for the award also include a minimum of 75 volunteer hours in a calendar year and at least 5 years of volunteer service with Hospice of WRMC. The award's namesake, Margo Hurd, became involved with Hospice as a volunteer in 1983, the year Hospice of Wilkes was developed. She embodied the Hospice philosophy, retiring after 24 years with the organization in 2008.
Betty Handy and Sylvia Cranor were also awarded for their outstanding volunteer service, having contributed 60 and 75 hours, respectively.
Volunteers are an integral part of the Hospice philosophy of care. Hospice volunteers must complete a 12 hour training course, as specified by the state of North Carolina. Volunteers benefit patients by helping with errands or visiting regularly to provide companionship and emotional comfort. Volunteers provide essential encouragement to families dealing with grief and loss.
Since 1983, Hospice has served Wilkes and surrounding counties. The mission of Hospice is to provide comfort and care to patients who have a prognosis from a life limiting illness of six months or less. A team of nurses, counselors, and volunteer provide medical, emotional and spiritual care for both the patient and their family.
Hospice makes it possible for terminally ill patients to remain in the comfort of their own home during their final days.
Hospice of Wilkes Regional Medical Center is a United Way agency. Referrals can be made by anyone by calling 903-7700.