by: Submitted Photo - Bill Topash accepting the award.

   Bill Topash, Mountain View Hospital Hospice volunteer coordinator, received the Oregon Association of Home Care Volunteer of the Year award for his services in 2006.
   He is also very active with the Men's Grief Support Group, Home Health Advisory Board, and the Foundation Board.
   Debbie Snell, R.N., director of the Home Health and Hospice Program for Mountain View Hospital, presented Topash with the award at the OAHC Annual Conference in Salem on March 16.
   The award, a crystal plaque, represents Topash's contributions to the home health and hospice care industry over the years.
   During the award presentation, Topash said he was quite surprised, remarking, "All I am doing is my job." He thanked the Mountain View Hospital Hospice volunteers, hospice and hospital staff, and his family for all the support they have given.
   "The importance of volunteers to our hospice program cannot be overstated. Without our volunteers, we could not provide the scope of services that are needed to enhance the quality of the lives of our patients' and their families," said Snell.
   Topash has served as the hospice volunteer coordinator for several years. Snell went on to say, "His leadership and expertise in this specialized field allows him to be a great mentor for other hospice volunteers. We are blessed to have Bill involved with Mountain View Hospital and we are proud to honor him."
   For more information about Mountain View Hospital's hospice volunteer needs, contact Snell at 475-3882, Ext. 2315.
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