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Jipp Hospice Volunteer Honoree

December 15, 2015

UnityPoint Hospice volunteer Kay Jipp was recently recognized as a 2015 Honored Volunteer. 

Jipp received her award at the Hospice & Palliative Care Association of Iowa’s volunteer award ceremony. Volunteers from hospices all over the state of Iowa were recognized.

“Volunteers are very important to a patient’s and family’s hospice experience,” explains Cindy Smith, volunteer coordinator at UnityPoint Hospice. “They work directly with patients and families as an integral part of the hospice team, or support the needs of the organization by assisting with special projects.”

Kay Jipp is a retired registered nurse, and has worked with many patients and their families. “It feels like a natural extension of my career as a nurse. I hope to be able to bring encouragement to those going through a difficult time,” she says.

Jipp was chosen for the honor by the UnityPoint Hospice interdisciplinary team. Award recipients are selected for best representing the hospice’s mission; providing compassionate care, dignity and support for every patient and family. “We selected Kay because she is very caring and compassionate,” states Smith. “She is always willing to go the extra mile to find out what a patient’s needs and interests are. Her calm, friendly demeanor is very comforting to our patients. Kay is a natural fit as a hospice volunteer.”

According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), approximately 450,000 trained hospice volunteers provide more than 21 million hours of service to hospice programs each year. Hospice volunteers work in three general areas: direct patient care—spending time with patients and families; clinical support—providing clerical and other services that support patient care and clinical services; and general support—helping with fundraising efforts and other projects.