NHPCO to Host Online Conference on Hospice Volunteerism

May 16, 2012, 11:27 ET from National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Volunteer Leadership Virtual Conference: Ignite the Future to take place July 30 - August 3, 2012

ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 450,000 hospice volunteers provide an estimated 21 million hours of service to hospice organizations in the U.S.  Trained volunteers are vitally important members of the hospice interdisciplinary team, providing care for patients and families, assisting with community outreach and awareness, supporting fundraising efforts, helping out with administrative tasks and more.

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The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization will be hosting a virtual conference July 30 through August 3 that will share best practices in volunteer management and training and help programs increase the effectiveness of their volunteer programs.

"This is an unprecedented learning opportunity exclusively focused on the art and science of hospice volunteerism available to anyone with access to the Internet," said J. Donald Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO. "We are using technology to bring the latest practices in volunteerism and training directly to the desks and offices of hospice and palliative care providers nationwide."

Registration fees for this virtual event are based on program size, making this event affordable to programs of all sizes.  And since there is no travel, hospice organizations are able to educate multiple staff and volunteers making this an economical professional development opportunity.

A special day, August 2, has been set aside specifically for the volunteers themselves offering a day of advanced training geared for these dedicated community members who give so much to the organizations, patients and families they serve. 

Added Schumacher, "Volunteers are more than a regulatory requirement; they are an integral part of the hospice team. We're hoping that all providers will take advantage of this unique offering to invest in one of their greatest assets, their volunteers."

Plenary speakers include: Tom McKee, a leading volunteer management consultant; Judi Lund Person, NHPCO vice president of compliance and regulatory leadership; Claire B. Tehan, founder and past CEO of TrinityCare Hospice in Torrance, California; Gary Gardia, a Certified Thanatologist and psychotherapist specializing in grief and personal growth; Danae Delman, a volunteer with Capital Caring in Falls Church, Virginia; and NHPCO's Don Schumacher.

The conference will feature Ignite Sessions – a series of fast-paced, fun and thought provoking sessions each to be presented in only five minutes. A virtual exhibit hall featuring products and services for hospice and palliative care professionals and online networking opportunities are also included in NHPCO's virtual conference.

Learn more and register at www.nhpco.org/vlvc2012.

Jon Radulovic
Vice President, Communications
Ph: 703-837-3139




SOURCE National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization