LOWVILLE, NY- Two members of Lewis County Hospice were recently honored for their accomplishments during the annual volunteer and staff recognition dinner.
According to hospice officials, Daniel Root, MD, was honored for his 29 years of service as Medical Director of the hospice program. He was responsible for overseeing the medical services to ensure the highest quality of care possible and collaborating with other physicians to help patients remain comfortable at the end of life.
"It was and honor and a privilege to serve Lewis County Hospice patients and their families," Dr. Root said. "I have truly enjoyed working with the hospice team to help patients and their families negotiate their way through the end-of-life journey."
In a separate recognition, Volunteer Coordinator Robin Virkler announced Ellen Chamberlain as the 2019 Hospice Volunteer of the Year. Ellen has been volunteering at Hospice since 2015; providing clerical support in the office, helping with special events like the annual memorial service and ‘Light Up A Life’ tree lighting, and offers family respite for patients and their caregivers.
"After raising my family, I wanted to become involved in a few things that would continue to bring meaning to my life, while serving others," she said.
The dinner would not be possible without the continued support of the Friends of Lewis County Hospice. The Friends support the mission and work of Lewis County Hospice. Loretta Keys, Friends of Lewis County Hospice (FOLCH) Board President, graciously thanked staff and all volunteers for all their hard work this past year.
In photo left to right: Tammy Suiter, Hospice Patient Services Coordinator and Ellen Chamberlain, 2019 Hospice Volunteer of the Year.
TOP PHOTO: Daniel Root, M.D. with some the current and former Hospice staff members.