December 12, 2007 > Volunteer Year in Review
Volunteer Year in Review
Washington Hospital Service League Celebrates a Great Year of Giving
Washington Hospital is supported by more than 500 volunteers serving in all facets of the hospital and the larger community. The Washington Hospital Service League is comprised of the men, women and high school students who volunteer throughout the hospital embodying the League's mission "to offer an extra pair of hands to the staff, enabling them to concentrate their time more fully on patient care."
"From its earliest beginnings, the Washington Hospital Service Leagues has provided the "gift of time" to our patients, visitors and community members," says Anna Elola, Director of Volunteer Services for Washington Hospital. "As the Service League moves forward in its second half-century, we will continue to make a difference by helping others."
In 2007, the Service League contributed to several programs that have made a positive impact on patient care. When the Washington Women's Center, located inside Washington West opened earlier this year, volunteers were called upon to lend an additional hand in the new facility. Throughout the year, volunteers have assisted patients with a special touch and have helped the center's staff out in a number of ways according to Kathy Hesser, R.N., Washington Women's Center Coordinator.
"Our volunteers do a lot of little things such as help visitors navigate through the material located in the women's resource center and assist the clients that may be unfamiliar with the facility," says Hesser. "The Washington Women's Center is committed to providing women with an environment that promotes a caring and supportive atmosphere and our volunteers provide a calm reassurance to patients that they are here to help."
In February, the Service League pledged $300,000 over the next five years for Washington Hospital's new Critical Care and Emergency Room building fund. At the Service League's 52nd annual meeting, Cherie Gamardo, Service League President and Claire Moore, Service League Treasurer, presented a $65,000 check as the first installment of the pledge to the Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation. Later in the year, the Service League staged a successful Masquerade jewelry sale that raised more than $6,500. All proceeds from this event will go directly to the Critical Care and ER building fund.
"The Service League prides itself as one of the first groups to contribute to this construction fund and we are committed to supporting this endeavor and other hospital projects in the future," adds Elola.
Always looking to the future, the Service League implemented a new online registration system this year that gives volunteers a high-tech tool to fill out an application, track hours and sign up for additional duties from any computer that has internet access.
In 2006-2007, the Service League volunteered more than 49,000 hours at Washington Hospital
"Volunteerism continues to thrive at Washington Hospital. Over the past year, Volunteer Services has received requests for volunteers in many new areas of the Washington Hospital Healthcare System including the Birthing Center, Diabetes Services and the Washington Women's Center," says Elola. "In order to fill these volunteer requests, we are going to need more of our community members to join the Service League."
Located on the 2nd floor of the Hospital, the Birthing Center at Washington Hospital offers comprehensive medical care for mom and baby in a compassionate, family -centered environment. The Birthing Center is currently looking for volunteers to conduct tours of the birthing floor. Typically the "tour guide" speaks to a group of 20 couples and shows them where to go when they come to the hospital in labor and shows them the delivery rooms. Children, grandparents and other family members are welcome to join the tours as well.
How can I sign up?
The Birthing Center is looking for emotionally mature volunteers who can work independently and are in good physical health. Volunteer duties include helping to escort patients to appropriate waiting areas, assisting visitors and giving tours of the facility. If you are interested in helping out in the Birthing Center, please call Volunteer Services at (510) 791-3465. For more detailed information about the Birthing Center, call at (510) 791-3423.
Volunteer in the New Year
On Friday, January 11 from 4 to 5 p.m., there will be an information session for anyone interested in becoming a Washington Hospital volunteer. You will learn about current volunteer opportunities and requirements for volunteering. Applications will be provided. The session will be held in the Conrad E. Anderson, M.D. Auditorium, Rooms A & B, at Washington West, 2500 Mowry Ave., Fremont.
Volunteers who meet the health, age and background screening requirements must attend an all-day orientation to learn about the hospital's mandatory safety program. All volunteers are asked to volunteer a minimum of twice a month.
The Student Volunteer Program is for young people who are at least 15 1/2-years-old, have sophomore standing, and a "B" or higher grade point average. Student volunteers need a recommendation from their high school counselor and an unofficial copy of their transcript. College volunteers are also welcome. College volunteers need to have a letter of recommendation from a teacher, employer or counselor.
For more information on becoming a Washington Hospital volunteer, call (510) 791-3465 or visit the volunteer page on the hospital Web site at www.whhs.com/giving/volunteer/overview.htm