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VA Western New York Healthcare System

No One Dies Alone Volunteer Program

Patient in bed
“No one should die alone…..Each human should die with the sight of a loving face.” — Mother Teresa
No One Dies Alone was started in 2002 by an Intensive Care Nurse named Sandra Clarke at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Oregon. Read her full story*

Adobe PDF No One Dies Alone Program Brochure

No One Dies Alone
One hundred years ago people died quickly usually resulting from an injury or infection. Family and friends surrounded the bedside. There was community participation and support. More...
Program Requirements
Volunteer has been with the hospital for 6 months.
Has had a background check done.
Signed a confidentiality agreement.
Has taken patient privacy classes.

Complete Review of Requirements
Each volunteer is given an orientation packet which contains both practical and inspirational materials to assist them in their service as a compassionate companion.
Volunteer Today
Help us make this program a reality at VA Western New York Healthcare System.

Provide companionship to veteran patients in the dying process who are truly alone. Provide the gift of respect and dignity to another human being at the end of life.

If you are interested in Volunteering please contact one of the program staff listed below.

Contact Us
Kelly Roberts
Volunteer Office
(716) 862-8672

Deborah Medakovich, RN, MSN
VA Western New York Healthcare System Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
Days on 9A
(716) 862-6516 Ext. 6516
or pager 460-0656

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