Hospital VolunteersBy: News Release
Mar 3rd, 2017
Be part of a winning team, volunteer at Crossing Rivers Health
“Volunteering is an exceptional opportunity to become part of our award winning healthcare team. It is also a rewarding way to give back to the community,” announced Bill Sexton, Chief Executive Officer at Crossing Rivers Health. “From the Hospital Board of Directors, Foundation Board, Partners, Hospice volunteers, to those volunteers that provide a friendly hello at the volunteer desk, every one of our volunteers play an integral role in supporting our entire organization. They help create a positive impact in the lives of our patients, visitors and our employees.”
Active volunteers at Crossing Rivers Health are asked to make a commitment of 24 hours of documented volunteer service in a calendar year. Volunteers must be 14 years-of-age or older and complete a criminal background check. Many of the departments welcome volunteers including Family Resource Center, Assisted Living, Communications, and Homecare. Volunteers also enjoy spreading joy through Music Therapy and Pet Therapy and helping in Jerry’s Gift Shoppe offering a convenient shopping experience for patients, family members, hospital employees and the community.
Vicki Heilmann has been a Hospice Volunteer since November 2011. She finds her volunteer work with patients and their families very rewarding. She said, “I love to see the sparkle in their eyes when I visit. It really feels good knowing that I put it there. I have always felt, even from the first day I started volunteering, that it’s a two way street as I know my heart and soul benefits from the interaction as much as it does for the Hospice patients.”
Brittney Miller is a social worker with Crossing Rivers Health Homecare and Hospice. She knows first-hand the value of volunteers. She commented, "Hospice volunteers play an essential role in our program and serve in many different ways: they provide meaningful visits of support to patients and families, they assist our staff with essential office tasks, they can provide bereavement support to families grieving the loss of their loved one, and they can also assist with other special tasks such as baking, crafting and creating cards for special occasions, knitting or crocheting- the list is almost limitless! No matter how they are involved, our volunteers make a huge impact on the lives of our hospice patients and families, and we are so grateful to have them as part of our team."
Hospice volunteer training will be held at Crossing Rivers Health on Saturday, March 25, and on Saturday, April 1, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with lunch provided. Individuals must attend all 16 hours of training to become certified as a hospice volunteer. Interested volunteers are asked to register by March 17th.
“We are so appreciative of our dynamic group of volunteers,” shared Shawna Atterbury, Volunteer Services Coordinator at Crossing Rivers Health. “Our volunteers make a difference in the numerous ways that they contribute throughout our organization. And in return of their generous gifts of talents and skills, our goal is to provide volunteers with a meaningful experience. Anyone interested in volunteering at Crossing Rivers Health, may learn more by contacting me at 608-357-2621. Interested individuals may also learn more at crossingrivers.org.”