AUBURN, Mass. – The Compassus program serving Auburn and the surrounding areas is proud to recognize Carmen Tomlinson and all hospice volunteers during National Volunteer Week April 15-21 for providing companionship, support and dignity to hospice patients and their loved ones.

Carmen Tomlinson [Submitted photo]

“We are proud to recognize Carmen for her efforts to honor life and offer hope to individuals facing life-limiting illnesses by supporting them with compassion, integrity and excellence,” said Michelle Heron, executive director for Compassus – Auburn. “Volunteers like Carmen are fundamental to the Compassus mission of delivering the highest quality care. These caring individuals extend the reach of hospice employees, creating the opportunity to do more for more patients and their families.”

“Carmen is very loyal to those who depend on her,” said Judi Cotter, volunteer coordinator for Compassus – Auburn. “There is a beautiful calmness about her that brings peace to the patients she visits.”

According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, there are an estimated 450,000 trained hospice volunteers providing more than 19 million hours of service to hospice programs each year. Hospice volunteers add to the care provided by physicians and other hospice staff by bringing companionship to people in the final months and weeks of life, providing respite to families and caregivers, and supporting the administrative responsibilities of hospice programs.

“Whether listening quietly, reading a book or simply running errands, volunteers make a meaningful impact on our patients and their families,” said Charles Rosenbaum, M.D., medical director for Compassus – Auburn. “I want to thank Carmen and all of the volunteers on our team for their commitment to those we serve.”