Peterson Hospice welcomes new volunteer coordinator
Peterson Hospice announced that Michele McAvoy has been appointed as the new Volunteer Coordinator, filling the position left by Liz Murray who retired in June after nine years of dedicated service.
Michele's experience is extensive, ranging from teaching English composition at the college level to managing corporate level employee training and development.
As the Volunteer Coordinator of Peterson Hospice, McAvoy works with a force of over 150 volunteers. The volunteers assist with the operation of Peterson Hospice Thrift Store, The Peterson Ambassador Program, the Floral Program and the Patient Visitation Program.
Other volunteer programs at Peterson Hospice include Bridging the Gap - a children's bereavement program, and Pathways which offers companionship to patients and their families.
Peterson Hospice is a Medicare approved agency which is required to spend five percent of the time helping our patients and families with volunteer assistance. The Peterson Hospice Volunteers consistently maintain a 20 percent or greater ratio year after year.
McAvoy explains that her passion for hospice care came from the hospice service her grandmother received stating, "I was so surprised at the support my family received during such a difficult time. I realized that hospice was as much for the family as the patient. I have come to a time in my life that I want to give more of myself in helping others. Working for Peterson Hospice has given me this great opportunity."
McVoy moved to Kerrville three years ago along with her husband, Don, and son Alex. Don McAvoy is the Minister of Music at First United Methodist Church of Kerrville.
Peterson Hospice is a not-for-profit community based hospice and has served the Kerrville community and surrounding areas for over 12 years.
For more information on Peterson Hospice or to volunteer, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (830)258-7799.