National Hospice Foundation to Award Actress and Hospice Ambassador Torrey DeVitto the Buchwald Spirit Award for Public Awareness

For Immediate Release:
April 18, 2013

Award to be presented at NHF Gala on April 26 in the Washington, DC area

(Alexandria, Va) – Torrey DeVitto is one of the busiest actresses working today, who amidst her professional endeavors finds time to raise awareness about hospice care and the importance of volunteering for hospice. In addition to her role as actress, DeVitto is also the first official Hospice Ambassador for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the National Hospice Foundation.

DeVitto is starring as Maggie Hall in the hit television series “Army Wives” on the Lifetime Network; she appears as Dr. Meredith Fell on “The Vampire Diaries” and is Melissa Hastings on the ABC Family Channel’s “Pretty Little Liars.” Later this year she will be seen in the major motion picture, “Evidence.”

For her dedication in increasing understandings of hospice and quality care at the end of life, NHF is awarding DeVitto with the Buchwald Spirit Award for Public Awareness at the organization’s ninth annual gala at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD, on April 26, 2013.

The award was named in memory of Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Art Buchwald who became the public voice for hospice care in the last year of his life. Through his syndicated newspaper columns and nationally televised interviews, Buchwald extolled the merits of hospice, calling it the “smart choice” for end-of-life care – not only for the patients, but for the families as well.

“This award honor individuals who use their own public presence to raise awareness of hospice offers and help dispel misconceptions about quality care at the end of life, “ said J. Donald Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO.  “There is no better example of this than the actress, advocate and hospice volunteer Torrey DeVitto.”

In 2011, DeVitto contacted NHPCO to see if there was a way she could help raise awareness of hospice and volunteering among the nation’s young people, where she has an enthusiastic fan base.

“Through her many interviews, active social media presence, and appearances at NHPCO conferences and events hosted by FHSSA – our affiliate organization that supports hospice care in sub-Saharan Africa – Torrey is changing the perception of hospice for the better,” added Schumacher.

DeVitto is not just a hospice advocate, for the past six years she has been a volunteer for Mission Hospice in Glendale, California.

As part of her work with NHPCO, DeVitto created the theme, “Comfort, Love, Respect,” that was used for National Hospice and Palliative Care Month last November. A t-shirt she designed bearing the “Comfort, Love, Respect” message has been the most successful t-shirt made available for purchase in the NHPCO Marketplace. All proceeds from the sale of this t-shirt benefit hospice outreach efforts.

For information about the gala, to purchase tickets or support the National Hospice Foundation, please visit www.nationalhospicefoundation.org/gala.


Photo by Marc Cartwright

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NHPCO Vice President, Communications
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