St. Barnabas Hospice Looking for Volunteers

Training is offered Aug. 28 and 29.

St. Barnabas Hospice is seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of terminally ill patients and their families. 

Volunteers are needed to visit hospice patients throughout St. Barnabas’ campuses to support families with services such as friendly visits, light housekeeping and errands.

Opportunities for volunteering with clerical duties in the office are also available. 

A free training program will be provided to those interested in volunteering. Training sessions are from noon to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, and Wednesday, Aug, 29.

Attendance at both sessions is required. Accommodations can be made for anyone who cannot attend on these days. For more information or an application, call Gary Goerk at 724-444-5541 or e-mail ggoerk@stbarnabashealthsystem.com

The training program includes:

  • ·    An introduction to hospice care
  • ·    Education on death, dying and grief
  • ·    Developing communication and support skills

“St. Barnabas’ hospice nurses, aides and companions fulfill an important role in providing physical care and support to the patient,” said Kellie Kelly, director of St. Barnabas Hospice. 

“However, the emotional needs for hospice patients and their families are so great that volunteers—who often have unique, relevant personal experience—can make a tremendous and positive impact upon people going through a difficult time. 

"That’s why we’re looking for a group of caring volunteers to enhance our hospice program.  Each volunteer can give as little or as much time as is suitable for their personal situation.”

St. Barnabas Hospice is operated by to support terminally ill patients and their families at the end stages.  Services include pain management and care for the patient’s physical needs plus counseling and support for the patient’s family members. 

For more information about St. Barnabas Hospice, call 724-444-5502.


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