Local Hospice Volunteer Honored at State Conference
Rhinelander resident Bob Rossi was recently honored as one of two Volunteers of the Year at the state hospice conference in the Wisconsin Dells. The state hospice organization called HOPE, the Hospice Organization & Palliative Experts of Wisconsin, highlights outstanding volunteers each year. Mr. Rossi was nominated by Melissa Houg, Volunteer & Community Outreach Coordinator for Ministry Home Care - Hospice in Rhinelander.
Bob has been a hospice volunteer since 1997, providing companionship and care to individuals who are living their last months of life, as well as their families. In addition, Bob has worked tirelessly on many outreach and fundraising events to benefit the program in Rhinelander.
During the ceremony in October, Rossi recounted several of his experiences with patients, some of them quite humorous. He often visits patients who are in nursing homes and always makes sure they get to their activities with clean clothes and a sense of dignity as he escorts them down the halls. He often brings his dog Geno to visit patients who are not on the hospice program as he knows his dog will bring pleasure to many.
According to Mel Houg, his nominator, “Bob is a character that many patients have been blessed with meeting and never seem to forget his face for he brings that much importance into their life.”
Mr. Rossi typifies the many outstanding men and women who make such a difference every day to the hospice patients and their families in Wisconsin.
Ministry Home Care provides care to individuals who are terminally ill and supports their family members and caregivers. Their Northwoods team travels throughout the Northwoods every day, bringing care, medicine and equipment to wherever the patients live – in their own private homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other community-based residences. They provide care to people of all ages, from infancy through the elderly, and all diagnoses. It’s a comprehensive package of care that helps people live their remaining months of life in the way that they choose – with dignity and quality of life.
For more information, visit www.ministryhomecare.org or call 1.800.643.4663.