HAMMOND, Indiana - The Volunteer Advocates for Seniors and Incapacitated Adults organization of Franciscan Health Hammond welcomed its latest members during a swearing-in ceremony recently in the chambers of Lake Superior Court Probate Commissioner America McAlpin, seated.
The program, instituted in 2001 and the brainchild of then-hospital president Tom Gryzbek, is a collaborative effort between the hospital and the court system. It provides trained and supervised volunteers to serve as court-appointed legal guardians to assist the elderly and the courts in decision-making regarding their needs. VASIA likewise partners with service delivery programs to develop a continuum of elder law advocacy and guardianship services in the region.
Shown with McAlpin, from left, are: Patricia Lee, of Merrillville; Stacey Hinko, of Highland; JoRenie Armstrong, of Gary; Carol Rocek, of Highland; Ronald Robinson, of Park Forest, Illinois; and Shameia Pope, of Hobart. Not shown is Paula Hill, of Merrillville.
For more information on the program, visit FranciscanHealth.org/VASIA.