Evangelical Celebrates Its Volunteers During National Volunteer Week
National Volunteer week was celebrated at Evangelical Community Hospital from April 6-April 13, 2014. The week sets aside a time to recognize and celebrate the efforts of the thousands of men and women in this country who volunteer their time and energies to help others.
At Evangelical Community Hospital volunteers are present in almost every department of care. On a daily basis 25-35 volunteers greet patients and visitors and bring them comfort in over 75 areas and programs. So far this year, over 48,000 hours have been given by these dedicated individuals.
According to Evangelical Community Hospital Director of Volunteer Services, Pat Murray, part of the hospital’s phenomenal success has to do with the caring attitudes and dedication of the volunteers. “Evangelical’s volunteers give the generous contribution of their time and heart to the patients, their families, and the staff. They are the shining stars that contribute to the personal care for which Evangelical is known,” she said.
During the week, volunteers were treated with special gathering during the lunch hour in the Dining Room. Award presentations were made to those volunteers who accumulated the hours needed to receive the next bar on their volunteer service pins. Volunteers were presented those bars in the departments where they give their time and efforts.
Evangelical has volunteers that range from teenage junior volunteers to volunteers over the age of 90. All volunteers play an integral part in helping Evangelical provide the valley’s best care.
Anyone interested in joining the team of volunteers at Evangelical should call 570-522-2549.
Evangelical is a non-profit organization that employs approximately 1,460 people and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 132 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland, and Lycoming Counties.