In honor of National Volunteer Month in April, LewisGale Hospital-Pulaski recently held a volunteer appreciation lunch to recognize its 45 active volunteers and chaplains.
According to LewisGale’s Marketing Communications Manager Joy Sutton, those volunteers have donated more than 8,300 hours of service over the last 12 months. To celebrate the occasion, several volunteers were presented with pins in recognition of their hours worked and years of service.
The hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer, Linda Shepherd, RN, also recited a poem she wrote about the importance of volunteers.
“‘Your depth of commitment, quality of service, and devotion define our facility’s vision that ‘above all else we are committed to the care and improvement of human life’ each and every time,’” Shepherd read in one part of the poem.
According to Sutton, LewisGale Hospital-Pulaski always welcomes the opportunity for new volunteers and chaplains. Volunteers serve in a variety of ways at the hospital from working the front desk to delivering flowers and visiting with patients.
They also receive a few perks, including a free meal per three-hour work shifts, an annual complimentary flu shot, and free volunteer jacket.
“Our volunteers are just as much a part of the LewisGale family as our employed staff,” said Jana Beckner, director of Human Resources and Volunteer Services. “We rely on them to provide the extra services that add to the comfort, care and happiness of our patients. We can’t thank them enough for donating the gift of their time.”
For more information on the Volunteer/Chaplain program, contact Jana Beckner at 540-994-8414.