Mercy Health – Lourdes Hospital looking for new volunteers for hospice care center

PADUCAH, Ky. (KBSI) – The Mercy Health – Lourdes Hospital in Paducah and Ray and Kay Eckstein Hospice Care Center are in search of volunteers to keep up with patient volume.

Nicole Lazarevic, clinical hospice manager, urges that volunteers are needed now more than ever.

Currently the hospice center has 60 volunteers with a census of patients at about 270. It serves 13 counties in Kentucky and three in Illinois.

“Our volunteers really complete our hospice team,” said Nicole Lazarevic, hospice clinical manager. “They do a lot for our patients to support them in what they’re going through.”

Bolunteers do things from clerical work in offices to supporting families and patients in their homes.

Stacey Cowan, Ray and Kay Eckstein Hospice Social Worker

“During the height of COVID they were so vital to us,” said Stacey Cowan, Ray and Kay Eckstein Hospice social worker. “When they were not here, it required the staff to stop what they’re doing, come to the entrance, and it was very time consuming. It was stressful honestly, and the volunteers took all that off us.”

Now that COVID-19 has slowed down, so has the number of volunteers.

The application process to become a volunteer is stress free and no medical experience is required.

“As far as qualifications, really anything you can volunteer to our patients and their families to help support them, we need it,” Lazarevic said.

Ray and Kay Eckstein Hospice Care Center – 270-415-3636

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