Asante Celebrates Volunteer Week
Rogue Valley Medical Center (RVMC) and Three Rivers Community Hospital (TRCH) are recognizing their volunteers for all of their community service at the hospitals during National Volunteer Week, April 15 to 21.
Once known as candy stripers for their red and white vests, today, more than 600 volunteers serve at both hospitals. Each year these volunteers give nearly 100,000 hours of their time and talent, contribute over $165,000 toward the purchase of needed equipment, and provide valuable scholarships for those entering healthcare careers.
In 2011, the RVMC Auxiliary had 306 volunteers donating 53,028 hours of work, 50 junior volunteers donating 3,045 hours, and 25 dog handlers who provided 437 hours of pet therapy. At TRCH there were 187 volunteers donating 42,693 hours of work, 37 junior volunteers donating 645 hours of work, and 9 dog handlers who provided 137 hours of pet therapy.
"Our volunteers make a difference every day they are here. They not only donate funds to the hospitals, but their efforts allow nurses to spend more of their valuable time at the bedside," said Karin Guy, Director of Volunteer Services.
Volunteers act as greeters, transport patients, provide pet therapy, help in the TRCH ED Express, sew pillows and stockings for heart patients and babies, and they operate the gift shops at both hospitals.
For example, The Gift Shop at RVMC, funded and operated by the RVMC Auxiliary, is one of the last remaining local gift shops in Medford. A portion of its sales goes to RVMC. Last year, through the gift shop revenue, the RVMC Auxiliary donated $100,000 to the NICU Expansion Program which made the group’s two year donation amount to $150,000 for the NICU program.
In addition, the Auxiliary gives about $15,000 to cover wish list items that departments request each year. This can include clothing for people in need, educational materials for diabetes and nursing, a weight scale in the Critical Care Unit, or other such donations.
The gift shop at TRCH, operated by the TRCH Auxiliary, raised over $48,000 last year. It used those funds to purchase vein viewers for three departments at the hospital.
The RVMC gift shop is open Monday through Friday and TRCH’s gift shop is open Monday through Saturday. Auxilians help customers find gifts for newborns; find treasures for loved ones; help choose and deliver flowers to the patient's room; and help employees who love to shop there.
“Though over 600 volunteers may sound like a lot, we are always in need of more volunteers to continue providing excellent customer service," Guy said.
To learn how you can volunteer, call 541-789-5875.