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VCHS to Host Hospice Volunteer Training in Broken Bow

ORD, Neb. – Valley County Health System (VCHS) Hospice Department will conduct hospice volunteer training in Broken Bow during February.

The 16-hour training program will be held Tuesday afternoons, February 7, 14, 21 and 28, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Judicial Center – 604 Heritage Drive, Broken Bow. Pre-registration and regular attendance are required to complete the program and become a hospice volunteer. There is no cost to prospective volunteers.

Hospice affirms life while providing support and care for persons in the last phases of an incurable disease, so they might live as fully and comfortably as possible.

“I have found an inner peace and serenity from volunteering with the Hospice Program. In general, people are not afraid of death but of the dying process,” Betty Smedra, a VCHS Hospice volunteer said. “Through hospice, we are able to give them the courage to cope with the process of dying. My experiences have not been somber, but rather fun-filled in many instances. I have learned from patients that it is important to do things while you can and to reminisce on what mattered most. We help them remember their life and that they made a difference in the lives of others.”

For more information or to register, call Marilyn Winkelbauer, volunteer coordinator, at 308-728-4315 or 308-730-0010.

Pictured: VCHS Home Health and Hospice Manager Donna Streeter (left) and VCHS Home Health and Hospice Director Carol Schroeder (right)