Volunteers give extra warm welcome to patients and families at Amery Hospital & Clinic
April 9, 2019
Amery, Wis. – Community members volunteer thousands of hours of their time every year to make an Amery Hospital & Clinic visit a little more welcoming and a little less worrying to patients and their loved ones.
In 2018, 27 hospital and clinic volunteers at Amery Hospital & Clinic donated 3,262 hours of time. Across the four HealthPartners hospitals in the St. Croix Valley and western Wisconsin, 402 volunteers donated 27,648 hours last year. That’s equal to more than 13 full-time employees or almost $700,000 of service provided free of charge by community members (using a national rate to estimate the value of volunteer time).
National Volunteer Week is April 8-12, 2019. Debra Rudquist, president and CEO of Amery Hospital & Clinic, said: “We absolutely depend on our volunteers. They complement the work of our staff to help our patients feel welcome, confident and secure whenever they need our care. We are so grateful for everything they do.”
Volunteers work in many different areas across the hospital, including: visiting hospital patients for delirium prevention, community and hospital events, wayfinding, Amery Hospital & Clinic Foundation and more.
“Our volunteers truly enjoy helping others and lending a hand whenever needed. In fact, it makes them happy to give back,” said Ronda Knutson, director of marketing and community relations. “Their big smiles and cheerful greetings make everyone feel welcomed. We’re so blessed—and grateful—to have such a dedicated and caring group of volunteers.”
For more information on becoming a volunteer at Amery Hospital & Clinic, contact Ronda Knutson at 715-268-0317 or email Ronda.A.Knutson@AmeryMedical.com.