September 25th, 2013


Donna Williams
Arleen Starman

Great River Hospice volunteers Arleen Starman, Burlington, and Donna Williams, Wapello, recently were named 2013 Honored Hospice Volunteers by the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Iowa (HPCAI), a voluntary organization that works to enhance end-of-life care.

Starman has performed a weekly shift at the hospice house since 2008 and also plays her accordion for hospice patients and their families as a part of the Great River Hospice Music Care program. Williams became a volunteer immediately after retiring from her long career as a physical therapist. She volunteers at the hospice house and meets the needs of hospice patients at their homes in Louisa County. 

For many years, volunteers have been vital to health care in the U.S., especially when caring for people at the end of their lives. Dealing with death can be very uncomfortable, but volunteers provide patients and families with the nonmedical care and comfort they need, and they do so out of the goodness of their hearts.

Great River Hospice has been a community provider of comfort, care and compassion since 2002. Over 300 local volunteers support Great River Hospice patients and their families by providing companionship, running errands, doing light housekeeping, making quilts and helping with other meaningful activities. Great River Hospice holds volunteer training sessions twice each year. The next training is being held in Wapello and begins on Oct. 1. For more information on Great River Hospice, or becoming a hospice volunteer, please call 319-768-3350 or toll-free 877-404-4766.