Volunteers & Auxiliary
There are approximately 25-30 of them. They run one person on a shift or sometimes two during sales events. They come in; open up, close—it’s their shop when they’re working. They put things out, do restocking—"all of it.” The hospital gift shop volunteers’ age range is wide, from high school teens to those in their eighties. And there are always openings for more workers.
Whatever profits come from the gift shop, the dollars directly benefits patients or their families. Funneling through Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, a support group of concerned men and women who care about the hospital and the health of our communities, the profits from the gift shop are reinvested back into the facility.
Recently, the auxiliary purchased over $80,000 worth of items for ten areas within the hospital or at one of the regional clinics. Some items were calendar clocks for Critical Care patients, a Vera Transfer Device for SkilledCARE, children’s furniture for the waiting room at the new Outpatient Behavioral Heath Center, chairs and a scale for Respiratory Therapy, and new waiting room furniture for Petersburg Family Medicine. Other items were IV pumps and an Arm Breathing Monitor for the Emergency Department, and recliners and sofas for the Women and Infant Services Department.
In addition, and in memory of the late Sr. M. Adrian Davis, LCM, the Auxiliary also paid for the large hospital logo that is atop the triangular column to the right of the Mary statue outside at the main entrance. The Auxiliary also gives two college scholarships to teenage volunteers who work in the hospital for a minimum of two years.
During the past three years Volunteer numbers (and needs) have increased dramatically. In late 2010, there were roughly 150 volunteers at Memorial Hospital; today there are over 300 men and women who give of themselves unselfishly for the benefit of area patients. Recently, the Hospital adopted this as its new Mission Statement: “Christ’s healing mission of compassion allows us to be for others through quality and excellence.”
The cadre of Volunteers who give of their time assisting in offices, at the information desk, in clinical settings with patients, by driving patients and families to and from their cars in the parking lot, and as importantly, by sitting with patients and praying with patients, make the Volunteers one of the truly “special” things about Memorial Hospital, and the Hospital would not be the same without them. Last year alone, over 14,000 hours were given by this group of people who truly “live” the hospital’s mission and the mission and vision of the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary who sponsor the hospital.
Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center would not be what it is today without the assistance, caring, and dedication of both the Volunteers and the Auxiliary. These groups are both vitally important to the hospital’s success, and more importantly, are MOST appreciated. That said there is still a need in both areas so anyone wishing to become a Volunteer and/or a member of the Auxiliary may do so.
For information about becoming a Volunteer, please contact Deb Boyles at 812-996-0504 (800-852-7279, extension 0504) or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For information about becoming an Auxiliary member, please contact Mike Jones at 812-996-8426 (800-852-7279, extension 8426) or via email at: email@example.com