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Joliet hospice volunteer wins award

Edo Banach, president of NHPCO, and Jim "J.P." Morgan, JACH volunteer.
Edo Banach, president of NHPCO, and Jim "J.P." Morgan, JACH volunteer.

Joliet Area Community Hospice volunteer Jim “J.P.” Morgan, was the chosen as one of four recipients nationwide to receive the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization 2018 “Volunteers Are the Foundation of Hospice Award” in the category of organizational support.

Morgan was presented with the award at the NHPCO conference in New Orleans on Nov. 6. He started volunteering with Joliet Area Community Hospice 10 years ago, shortly after retiring from ExxonMobil.

His volunteering began with weekly four-hour shifts in JACH’s 16-bed hospice home inpatient unit, where he would visit patients and respond to their needs and those of family members and staff.

After talking about his photography skills, JACH asked Morgan to take photos of the grounds and at events. He soon took on the role of “official” agency photographer at the 13-plus events held each year, taking more than 7,400 photos annually in the process.

Ready to help where needed, Morgan became aware of a need in the maintenance department, and now gives at least five hours each week helping maintain JACH’s 39,000-square-foot building and 15-acre property.

Morgan has volunteered at least 200 hours every year since he began with JACH, totaling 2,433 hours. His volunteering has also impacted JACH financially, as the agency has received $2,000 from ExxonMobil for each year Morgan has volunteered, totaling $20,000 donated to date in his name.

He also is a devoted son to his 96-year-old father, brother, husband to Maggie, father to three daughters and grandfather to one granddaughter and one grandson. Morgan lives in Joliet.

Joliet Area Community Hospice provides compassionate, professional hospice and palliative care to over 30,000 terminally ill patients and their families since 1982.

In the past two years alone, Joliet Area Community Hospice provided more than $1.3 million in charity care, community bereavement programs, unreimbursed pediatric hospice and palliative care and community outreach.

JACH is a nonprofit corporation, state licensed, Medicare/Medicaid certified and supported by United Way of Will and Grundy Counties. It serves patients in greater Will, Grundy, LaSalle, Livingston and Kendall counties along with portions of Cook, DuPage and Kankakee counties.

For information, 815-741-4104 or visit www.joliethospice.org.

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