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Robert D. Turcotte Award presented for outstanding contributions to the promotion of home health care
LEWISTON — Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice presented the Robert D. Turcotte Award to four individuals at the spring Volunteer Recognition events held in Auburn, Farmington and South Paris. The award is presented in honor of Robert Turcotte, an Auburn resident, who was treasurer of the Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice’s Board of Directors from 1978 until his death in 1982. Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice gives this award in acknowledgement of outstanding contributions to the promotion of home health care.
The 2012 award recipients are:
Ann Dehetre-Arsenault, of Lewiston, a Hospice House greeter and special events volunteer. Ann first became involved with the agency several years ago through her former employer, bringing the Hospice Foundation of America’s annual educational teleconference to the Lewiston/Auburn area and working with the bereavement department staff to sponsor the Survivors of Suicide teleconference. In early 2011, Ann joined the planning committees of all our major events (HH 5K & Remembrance Walk, Butterfly Release Celebration and Autumn Night Out), where she quickly took on leadership roles. This spring, Ann took the lead in organizing the Indoor Deck Party which raised more than $2,700 towards the new Hospice House sun deck.
Ann’s commitment was strengthened this past year by her personal experience at the Hospice House. She now volunteers twice a month at the Hospice House as a greeter, taking on the hard to fill Saturday night shift. In a very short time, Ann has proven to be a great asset. Her experience, creativity and leadership will help Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice grow their special events in the coming years.
Peter van Oosten, of Greene, a Hospice House greeter, hospice volunteer and videographer. In 2007, Peter joined the volunteers by visiting patients. In 2008, he took on more responsibility as a greeter at the Hospice House. In 2009, Peter expanded his volunteer role by using his experience in videography to create videos of the first HH 5K & Remembrance Walk and the Butterfly Release Celebration. Peter then worked with Andrea LeBlanc, Chief Operating Officer of Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, on creating a video of the Agency’s history for the roll-out of the M.O.D.E.L. Care project. The video included staff sharing their thoughts and memories as well as a slide show of historical and present pictures. Peter truly captured a cross section of historical stories.
Michelle Monroe, of Jay, a Program for Grieving Children & Teens volunteer. Ten years ago, Michelle and her family were participants in the Program for Grieving Children & Teens. In 2011, she became a trained volunteer for the program. Michelle displays a deep compassion for both children and adults coping with loss. She brings her personal experience and growth to the groups she facilitates. Michelle has volunteered with groups in Auburn and Wilton and has stepped up to help with family intakes volunteering as many as three days per week as well as traveling as much as 250 miles. One of the groups Michelle facilitated was particularly challenging as some of the children had Asperger’s syndrome and ADHD. Yet, she somehow found ways to include them all, create a safe and accepting environment, and promote their healing. Michelle exemplifies the heart of the Program for Grieving Children & Teens.
Sandy Kimball, of Buckfield, a Hospice House patient support volunteer since April 2006. Since Sandy became a volunteer, she has been volunteering at the Hospice House every Friday night providing patient support, making meals and anything else to help staff with the needs of the patients and families. Sandy has made special connections with patients and has come in just to visit. She has sat at the bedside of dying patients and has stayed late to be sure a patient wasn’t alone. The Friday night patient support shift is not an easy one to fill but it has always been covered since Sandy became a volunteer. Sandy has become a very important part of the Hospice House team by being an advocate for the patients and a wonderful ambassador for the hospice program.
“Our volunteers are vital and highly regarded members of our hospice team. They are integral in providing compassionate care to our patients and families. We are honored to recognize the leadership and commitment of these award recipients,” stated Julie Shackley, President/CEO of Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice.
Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice is a nonprofit Medicare-certified agency that provides patient centered care that is meaningful, organized, developed, effective/efficient and has lasting quality. They provide specialized skilled, supportive and hospice services to Maine residents and their families in the comfort of their home and community. For more information on Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice and all of their services, visit their website at www.AHCH.org.