August Volunteer Newsletter

Our volunteers are an integral part of Orange City Area Health System’s commitment to quality, compassionate patient care. Volunteers truly make a difference volunteer surgeryevery day – helping patients and visitors, working in the Gift Garden, serving as escorts and drivers, sharing their gifts with our patrons and employees, and serving our nursing homes, retirement community, and Hospice patients and their families with their time.

We would not be successful without our volunteers who give so selflessly of their time and services to Orange City Area Health System.

 

Our Volunteers Go Above & Beyond!

The first thing you notice is a black logo vest.  As you get a little closer, you spot a warm smile beginning to appear.  One step closer and you see bright, caring eyes focused on you.  The pace quickens toward you and you are warmly greeted with, “Hi, how can I help you?”  You feel assured, less anxious – like you have met an unexpected friend.

This scene repeats itself many times every day at Orange City Area Health System – whether needing assistance at the information desk, shopping in the Gift Garden or visiting a patient.  OCAHS volunteers direct, escort, befriend, and offer their special kind of compassion and care to our patients, guests, and staff.  Our volunteers are here to offer an extra layer of care and support to those at OCAHS.  While our volunteers do not perform clinical functions, the work they do allows our staff to provide the medical expertise they are highly trained to perform.  Behind the scenes volunteers who knit, crochet, embroider and sew,  also provide their special touch.  Volunteers also have a presence in our community through services such as wellness clinics and blood pressure screenings.

Recently OCAHS received this comment on a patient satisfaction survey: “As I waited, I watched a volunteer spend a few minutes with a visibly upset young mom & child.  Mom was crying and the volunteer embraced her with a ‘grandma’ hug”.

Wonderful to see that kind of compassion!  The gift of giving is amazingly powerful!

Additional Volunteers Needed:

Many of the members on the OCAHS volunteer team work routinely in many capacities.  However, if you are a member of the team and haven’t quite found your niche or volunteer opportunity within the health system – we have many opportunities available for you to consider.  At this time we are currently in need of additional volunteers for the Information Desk, Patient Safety, Gift Garden and Surgery Waiting Reception Area.

If you already volunteer in one of these areas and would like additional shifts, are interested in training to work in one of these areas or know of someone who might be interested, please contact me at 737-5349 or plathem@ochealthsystem.org

We all know that the best avenue for finding these extraordinary people is by Word of Mouth.  So talk it up and invite your friends and family to be part of our “super” volunteer team at OCAHS!

Thanks!

Mary Plathe, Volunteer Services Manager

 

We offer rewarding volunteer experiences. We work individually with each volunteer to match his or her interests and skills with the right opportunity.

JR jan 2010 low resYour time can be the most valuable thing you give to your community. At Orange City Area Health System you can make a real difference in as little as a few hours a week. We can meet your schedule with day, evening, and weekend options.

Being an Orange City Area Health System volunteer is more than an opportunity to help others, however. It’s also a chance to meet new people, learn more about healthcare, and experience personal growth and satisfaction.

Give the gift of your time and talents. Become a valuable member of our Volunteer team. Call Mary Plathe, Volunteer Services Manager, at 737-5349 or email her at plathem@localhost for an information packet, application, or to learn more.

Please take a moment to complete the following volunteer application and checklist of interests. Be sure to specify the days of the week you are available.

You must have the willingness and ability to make a commitment to your chosen assignment. Consider carefully whether the time commitment will fit your schedule. Our staff, patients, residents, and families depend on you.

To ensure patient privacy, all volunteers are asked to sign a confidentiality agreement, and are expected to maintain a code of confidentiality regarding patients, residents and staff. Breach of confidentiality may result in immediate dismissal.

As required by federal law, all volunteers are required to have a TB test and complete a health questionnaire as part of the orientation process. Background checks may also be run on volunteers.

Thank you for your interest!

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