Volunteers provide warmth and welcome to patients and visitors
April 13, 2018
Every day at Amery Hospital & Clinic, members of the community donate their time to help make the hospital a little more welcoming and a little less worrying for patients and their families.
From greeting at the front door and serving with a smile, to visiting patients and helping guests, volunteers are one of the pillars of patients’ hospital stay. National Volunteer Week is April 15-21, 2018 and it marks the perfect opportunity to celebrate Amery Hospital & Clinic volunteers for the thousands of hours they donate annually.
“Our wonderful volunteers provide a warm, caring environment to our patients and visitors,” said Debra Rudquist, president of Amery Hospital & Clinic. “We are thankful to each and every one of them.”
In 2017, 29 hospital volunteers at Amery Hospital & Clinic donated 3,621 hours of time. Across the four HealthPartners hospitals in the St. Croix Valley and western Wisconsin, 440 volunteers donated more than 31,000 hours last year. That’s equal to more than 15 full-time employees or almost three-quarters of a million dollars of service provided free of charge by community members (using a national rate to estimate the value of volunteer time).
Volunteer roles are as varied as special events volunteer, delirium prevention project volunteer (visiting with patients as part of the Hospital Elder Life Program) and front desk greeter (escorting patients, family members and friends in and out of the hospital and to appointments).
“Our volunteers are all heart and it shows by their big smiles as you enter the hospital, said Ronda Knutson, director of marketing and community relations. “They’re eager to help and happy to lend a hand whenever needed. They’re truly a treasure we all adore.”
For more information on becoming a volunteer at Amery Hospital & Clinic, contact Ronda Knutson at 715-268-0317.
Pictured right - Amery Hospital & Clinic volunteers