Twenty years ago, Hospice of Redmond-Sisters was primarily volunteer-driven and operating from a small room at what is now St. Charles Medical Center-Redmond. Since then, Hospice of Redmond-Sisters has grown. But one thing hasn’t changed-volunteers are the backbone of hospice support for patients facing life-changing illnesses. Hospice of Redmond-Sisters plan to acknowledge the work of its longest serving volunteer, Anzie Adams. Staff and volunteers will honor Adams during a small ceremony during a staff meeting and again during an annual Volunteer Recognition Day, April 25, at Hospice of Redmond-Sisters in Sisters.
“Anzie has been a vital part of hospice for the past 20 years,” says Becky Bryan, Executive Director at Hospice of Redmond-Sisters. “Her work as a volunteer and in Medicare billing plays a very important role in serving our patients.” Adams began working with Hospice of Redmond-Sisters in 1987, when the organization was just five years old. After participating in volunteer training, she became involved in helping the organization establish its Medicare certification in 1989. She’s seen Hospice of Redmond-Sisters outgrow its location in the hospital, and move twice to its current site at Highland and 23rd Street in Redmond. Over the years, Adams has served in virtually every facet-from patient support and billing to Festival of Trees and Camp Sunrise-for Hospice.
Adams reflects fondly on her years as a volunteer for Hospice of Redmond-Sisters. “I’ve gotten more out of it than I’ve given,” she insists. “I’ve learned compassion and how to deal with people. It’s been a really special experience.” “Volunteers are still the cornerstone of our services at Hospice,” says Pat Minney, Volunteer Coordinator at Hospice of Redmond-Sisters. “We’re grateful for Anzie’s extensive service and knowledge.” Hospice of Redmond-Sisters provides interdisciplinary care for patients diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Its mission is to enhance the quality of life for patients and their families by providing the highest level of compassionate hospice care and bereavement services in Central Oregon.
Information: 548-7483 or www.redmondhospice.org. .