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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Hospice volunteer training: Give the gift of your time to help our patients

Mountain States team members, friends and families are invited to give one of the greatest gifts of all – the gift of your time – to assist patients of Mountain States Hospice.

Two-day hospice volunteer training workshops in Johnson City, Tenn., March 22-23, and in Lebanon, Va., on March 27-28.

Hospice focuses on patients in the last phases of life and provides loving support and care for them and their families. Hospice volunteers work directly and/or indirectly with hospice patients and their loved ones. They may perform a variety of vital tasks, including administrative duties, spending time with patients, and providing breaks for patients’ family members.

The training gives volunteers the tools they need to interact with patients, care for the caregivers, identify areas where they might be useful, work with hospice nurses, chaplains and social workers, and further develop interpersonal skills.

  • The Johnson City training sessions will be held March 22-23 at 509 Med Tech Parkway, Suite 200, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. RSVP by March 13 to or call 423-431-7621.
  • The Lebanon training sessions will be held March 27-28 at 116 Flanagan Ave., Suite C, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The hospice office on Flanagan Avenue is located upstairs above McFarlane-Hillman Pharmacy. RSVP by March 13 to or call 276-883-8484 (ext. 8485).

Lunch and light refreshments will be served. Other training sessions will be offered during the year.

“Being a volunteer for Mountain States Hospice is very rewarding,” said Frieda Pickett, a volunteer veteran. “Many of the clients I care for are in great need of someone to just come and sit with them, help them in small ways and provide conversation and friendship. They’re very appreciative and they tell me so. I’m grateful I have the time to do this valuable work."


All ages can volunteer, from teenagers to retirees. Volunteers will be required to have a flu shot and a background check, which will be paid for by Mountain States Health Alliance.  

The benefits of volunteering with Mountain States Hospice are many. Hospice volunteers are part of a very special community of givers. They are recognized and celebrated during National Volunteer Month and at Mountain States’ annual volunteer appreciation dinner.

Whatever your talents, interests or skills, Mountain States Hospice can find a place for you. Whatever your gifts, you can use them to help a patient or family in need. In return, we’ll make sure you have a rewarding experience.