Providence, St. Johns to honor volunteers
National Volunteer Week, April 27 to May 3, has special meaning at Providence Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., and St. John Hospital, Leavenworth. It is a time when the community, hospital staff, patients and visitors are encouraged to say "thank you" to the hospitals' volunteers for the many important jobs they perform every day.
"This is our opportunity to thank our volunteers," says Dora Williams, Providence volunteer services manager. "They do so much for us-taking time from their busy day to talk with visitors, drive our parking lot shuttle, and even knit prayer shawls for patients in need. They generously share the gift of time with us. It's the most important gift anyone can give," Williams adds.
At Providence, that gift added up to nearly 30,000 hours of service in 2007 donated by 163 volunteers. Volunteers range in age from 14 to 90. At St. John, approximately 50 volunteers contributed more than 5,700 hours of service to the organization in 2007.
"As we look forward to the construction of our new facility at St. John, we anticipate the need for additional volunteer support," says Rosemary Mulcare, volunteer coordinator for the hospital. "We hope many in the community will recognize the value of volunteering and will join us in meeting our patients' needs."
Mike Dorsey, CEO/president for both hospitals, adds that this year the volunteers have received some special honors for their contributions to the hospitals' mission. "Providence Gift Shop volunteer Eileen Dechant was recently named a Hero in Healthcare by Ingram's Magazine, and the St. John volunteers recently received the hospital's Core Value Award for respect," Dorsey says. "All of our volunteers deserve special recognition for the wonderful work they do throughout the year."
Volunteer Week activities for 2008 are centered on the theme, "Volunteers. . .Stars of Our Community." The highlight of the week will be an appreciation breakfast at the Legends 14 Theatre, 1841 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, Kan., on Wednesday, April 30 beginning at 8 a.m. Volunteers from both hospitals are invited to attend and bring a guest.
Throughout the week, the hospital staff is encouraged to honor the volunteers they work with by eating lunch with them in the cafeteria. The hospital's food service department will even offer a special entree named in honor of the volunteers.
Providence will host a special prayer service in the chapel to honor the volunteers on at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1. A reception will follow outside the chapel. St. John will offer a special prayer service at 10 a.m. Friday, May 2, in the hospital's chapel. A reception will follow in the Father Bourke Room.
To learn more about the volunteer opportunities available at the hospitals, for Providence, contact Williams at 913-596-4195. For St. John, call Mulcare at 913-680-6364, or visit the hospitals' Web site, www.providence-health.org, and click on "To Help."
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