Hospitals Are Wild About Their Volunteers
- National Volunteer Week is April 10-16 this year.
- Volunteers work in all CKHS hospitals performing a range of valuable duties, from greeting and directing patients and visitors to delivering mail.
- By offering an opportunity to help others, Crozer-Keystone has fostered an environment in which volunteers spend years – sometimes many years – coming back day after day, week after week.
Volunteer Week is April 10-16 this year. When volunteer directors were asked
what they most valued about their program, they all agreed on one thing: that
they are wild about their volunteers.
so many wonderful volunteers here at Springfield Hospital. Volunteers bring so
much to the organization, such as skills, advice, experience, friendship and
inspiration. But it is the gift of time to the hospital that is so precious and
simply magnificent. Their time must be valued, but you can never put a value on
that time. How can you value something that is priceless? That is why
Springfield Hospital is wild about our volunteers,” says Janet Kalup, director
of Volunteers at Springfield Hospital.
many duties that volunteers perform are helping with patient care and office
work, greeting and directing patients and visitors, answering phones, delivering
mail, working in gift shops and helping families who have loved ones in the
operating room. Many people come to volunteer work with years of experience in
relevant areas. Others come looking for experience in fields such as physical
or occupational therapy, sports medicine and nursing before applying to schools
for further education. Most charitable and community organizations rely on
volunteers to provide many of their services.
do receive a few perks, such as free flu shots, free meals, parking and a chance
to be recognized at the yearly luncheon. In my experience, I’ve found that no
one volunteers solely for the flu shots, free parking or meals,” says Elizabeth
Wright, director of Volunteer Services for Delaware County Memorial Hospital.
“They come so they can give back to the community in some way and leave with
the feeling of having done something useful and rewarding. They are happy to
meet others like themselves, who are givers and not receivers.”
sentiment echoed by the other directors, where dozens of volunteers arrive each
week to escort visitors around the hospital, deliver menus to patients, ferry
hospital materials from department to department, and countless other tasks.
offering an opportunity to help others, Crozer-Keystone has fostered an
environment in which volunteers spend years – sometimes many years – coming
back day after day, week after week.
Lieberman, director of Volunteer Services for Taylor Hospital, believes that
most of her volunteers are motivated by the desire to give back and to serve
their community. “When a person volunteers, they get a chance to spend their
time productively. Not only are they helping others but they are making new friendships.
Our staff also reaches out to many of the volunteers; sending cards if someone
is sick, offering a ride home so someone doesn’t have to take the bus in the
rain, or bringing them a Phillies shirt because they know the volunteer is a
fan,” Lieberman says.
Joan Simpson, director of Volunteer Services at Crozer-Chester
Medical Center and Community Hospital,
“Volunteers have many reasons
why they volunteer throughout our system, but all of our
volunteers share a common goal, which is to be needed and feel good about their
accomplishments,” Simpson says. “Our
volunteers are diverse, loyal, creative, and believe in our mission. It pleases volunteers to accept a range of
challenges. Their productive
energy is rewarding and well serves our system and community. They’re very proud to be part of our CKHS
family. As I have said many times, our volunteers share their
spirit and make a difference.”
It is easy to see why the Crozer-Keystone Health System is wild
about all the volunteer programs. To learn more about becoming
a volunteer at a Crozer-Keystone hospital, call:
Medical Center/Community Hospital: (610) 447-6318.
- Delaware County
Memorial Hospital: (610) 284-8186.
- Taylor Hospital: (610) 595-6070.