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Time to celebrate healthcare volunteers

Voices of the Peninsula

Posted: April 15, 2012 - 8:00am

Central Peninsula Hospital would like to thank our hospital volunteers who offer their time and talents to help us provide quality patient care. These special people dedicate themselves to improving the health of patients, and the community. Our volunteers annually contribute over 24,000 hours to CPH, Heritage Place and other facilities by providing 35 varieties of services to assist and comfort our visitors, patients, residents and even our staff on a weekly basis. 

Volunteers escort patients from their cars to their appointments in the hospital, and sit with a family member while they wait for their loved one in the Day Surgery family lounge. Patient comfort volunteers offer hand massages to help relieve a patient's stress. Volunteers at Heritage Place provide residents with companionship, sing with them on Thursday mornings, help escort them on shopping trips, assist with bingo games and movie nights, and provide complimentary hand massage.

Volunteers assist when a patient or resident is dying through No One Dies Alone (NODA) watches. Throughout the year they are also involved in wellness fairs, coordinate support groups, help with flu shot clinics, garage sales, bake sales, Safe Kids car seat clinics and guide class tours to more than 300 local school children. As a support during the busy holiday season, volunteers gift wrapped 1,715 gifts for employees.  Additionally, volunteers work on special projects like the annual Christmas tree decorating contest, knitting prayer shawls and making quilts for patients, especially for ill children. They decorate rooms for pediatric patients so that they are more comfortable and less ominous while the child is a patient. Many volunteers work behind the scenes by calling patients to remind them of their appointments, helping to fold towels in laundry, preparing registration packets, filing and typing.  There are also six animal assisted activities dog and handler teams who can visit the hospital.

The revenue from the volunteers' Care Package Gift Shop helps to purchase supplies for volunteer programs, as well as annually fund two $4,000.00 and two $1,000.00 scholarships for graduating students entering a medical field of study. 

The oldest active volunteer is 86, although there is one volunteer who remains on the roster in a "consultant" status who is 92. Our longest tenured volunteer has served for almost 25 years.  One volunteer, who started before the hospital was even built, rejoined the ranks in 2007.

Our organization is blessed to have a very supportive community. The volunteers are true ambassadors of our organization and play an important role in the warm and caring environment people experience when they visit any of the Central Peninsula Hospital facilities.   

Camille Sorensen is the marketing manager and Elizabeth Wilson is the volunteer coordinator at Central Peninsula Hospital. Volunteer  Appreciation  Week is April 15-21.

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