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Sparrow Hospice honors three Volunteers for their radical, loving care during 2015

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Posted by: Michelle Rahl
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Date: Dec. 29, 2015


LANSING, MI – Three Sparrow Volunteers are being honored by Sparrow Hospice Services for their outstanding service and radical, loving care during 2015.

Joan Galbavi, of Portland, Pat Menning, of Lansing, and Barb Schroeder, of Lansing, relentlessly go above and beyond to help transform care for our end-of-life Patients and their families.

Galbavi is the recipient of the 2015 Home Hospice Volunteer of the Year Award for helping ease the burden of caregiving and offering companionship to those who need it.

“She was specifically requested by a Patient this year,” said Karen Ketola, Volunteer Coordinator for Sparrow Hospice Services. “Visits lasted for six months and to the Patient’s delight, Galbavi helped her make the Easter dinner she wished for.  We are fortunate to have someone as dedicated as she is.”

Schroeder is the recipient of the 2015 Hospice House Volunteer of the Year Award for making caring for Patients her top priority.

“She offers a calming presence at the bedside of those who feel lonely or anxious,” said Ketola. “Over the years, she’s moved into a leadership role and mentors new Volunteers. She is hands-on and always supportive of those she works with.”

Each year, Sparrow Hospice Services also presents the Betty Geller Award Celebrating the Spirit of Hospice Care.  Menning, the 2015 recipient, is being honored for her compassionate heart that touches Patients, families and fellow Caregivers.  Her nomination letter notes that she has generously given her time since 2000. Menning is a constant source of caring and kindness and has a knack for knowing exactly what needs to be done.

Sparrow Hospice Services provides quality, compassionate care to relieve physical, mental and spiritual pain.  Our comprehensive approach offers in-home care in eight counties throughout mid-Michigan, as well as an inpatient program located at Hospice House of Mid-Michigan on the Sparrow Hospital St. Lawrence campus.

Choose Wisely. Choose Sparrow.


Sparrow, a member of the prestigious Mayo Clinic Care Network, is mid-Michigan’s premier health care organization that includes hospitals in Lansing, St. Johns, Ionia and Carson City as well as Physicians Health Plan, Sparrow Physicians Health Network, the Sparrow Medical Group and the Michigan Athletic Club. Sparrow is affiliated with Michigan State University’s three human health colleges. Through these partnerships and the dedication of our 10,000 Caregivers, Sparrow pursues a vision to be nationally recognized as a leader in quality and Patient experience. For more information, visit

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