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Region woman has a heart for hospice

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Region woman has a heart for hospice

Sylvia Komyatte, front and center, is shown with her family on vacation. She was an instrumental part of opening the doors to Hospice of the Calumet Area in 1981. 

Sylvia Komyatte’s time for Hospice of the Calumet Area may be far less these days, but her devotion and impact are as immeasurable as ever.

Komyatte’s journey with HCA began nearly four decades ago as she helped open the doors as one of its first volunteer staff members, serving initially as a nurse and patient companion in the early 1980s.

“Sylvia’s faith and unwavering giving spirit is inspiring because she’s just a wonderful lady,” said Cynthia Camp, HCA volunteer coordinator. “She knew how to be present for others and her kindness and compassion for people touched so many throughout the years. Sylvia has this thing for serving others that is etched in her being and she has served in just about every role here at Hospice of the Calumet Area. She was instrumental in laying the foundation for our organization.”

Komyatte has always had a heart for the hospice mission. In 1985, when HCA was focusing on building a spiritual program to acquire Medicare certification, she stepped forward to become HCA's first Volunteer Chaplain. She was able to do so because she attained her master’s degree from Loyola in pastoral counseling.

Sylvia Komyatte always resonated with Dr. Dale Larson, Santa Clara University Professor of Counseling and Psychology, about the end of life. “Care of the body means nothing without first easing the soul. Hospice workers are not hired, they are called.”

Although Sylvia is currently battling some of her own health issues, that hasn’t stopped her from creating an endowment through the Legacy Foundation to ensure patients and families at HCA will continue to be supported.

Sylvia and her husband, Rich, will celebrate their 57th wedding anniversary this month. She is the mother of three children and eight grandchildren. She has always challenged and inspired them to use their time, talent, and treasure to help others at all costs. 

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