Southeast Hospice volunteers honored

Monday, November 28, 2005

Volunteers with Southeast Hospice, a service of Southeast Missouri Hospital, were recently honored for their service at the annual Southeast Hospice Awards Banquet held by the hospital.

The Gabriel Award, received by Carolyn Pickens, a volunteer since 2004, and Phyllis Lee, a volunteer since 1997, is the highest honor for hospice volunteers. It is given for representing the Southeast Hospice philosophy to patients, their families and the community.

Guardian Angel award recipient Dorothy Dees has been a hospice volunteer since 1994.

The Cherub Award was presented to Helen Hunt, a hospice volunteer since 2004.

Pearla Smith, coordinator of volunteers with Southeast Hospice, said last year Southeast Hospice served 425 patients and families in seven Southeast Missouri counties.

"We know we can count on our volunteers," she said. "If you say, 'I need,' we know the response we will get from our volunteers -- 'I'll be there.'"

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