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In This Issue:

April 18, 2008

McDowell Parking Deck 2 Choices for Quitting 3 Insurance Crisis in NC 4 MERIT Mentors 5 Tracking Community Benefit 6 Dining Out for Life 7 Kaleidoscope 8 Ask Dr. Sig Insert Scope It Out Insert

Volume 13 #8

Volunteers:A Priceless Treasure!

Celebrating Volunteer Recognition Week April 27 - May 3 A Closer Look

A Brief History of Volunteerism at Mission Hospitals

Shortly after St. Joseph’s Sanitarium become known as a general hospital in 1938, 14 local ladies gathered to form a sewing circle.They met weekly at the hos- pital to make bandages, dressings and linens. Within a year, the St. Joseph’s Guild was formed.

Volunteer Josephine Hall, left, has been helping out at Mission Hospital for almost eight years. Joan Gold, right, has been here almost 13 years. Both volunteer in the Surgical Services Waiting Room.

National Volunteer Recognition Week was created in 1974 when President Richard Nixon signed an executive order to establish the week as an annual cele- bration of volunteering. Presidents since that time have continued to recognize the value of volunteering to the nation. This year, Volunteer Recognition Week will be celebrated April 27 - May 3.

Mission’s Volunteer Organization, like

Mission Hospital itself, found its begin-

ning when a group of women recognized a community need. But seeing a need and acting to fill it takes time and commit- ment. Through the years, our healthcare community has been blessed with a large group of generous people who recognize a need, and commit their time and talent to

fill it. We are all better for the work of our volunteers and volunteer leaders.

In Fiscal Year 2007, 659 volunteers contributed 96,948 hours of service (the equivalent of 46.7 FTEs) in 117 volunteer assignments in 17 buildings for a cost sav- ings to Mission of $1,819,713.96. Since the beginning of fiscal year 2008, the Volunteer Leadership Committee (VLC) has distributed $233,736 on behalf of the volunteers. Some of the items funded include:

  • Airways which are used for diffi-

cult intubations and are used in Code Blue carts

  • A bariatric sized chair used in the

lab for patients having blood drawn

The irst fundraising project of the newly formed Guild was a card party in 1939, which netted $50 for surgical equipment. Proceeds from the early fundraising events purchased such equip- ment as the irst junior-size iron lung in Asheville and the irst newborn incubator used at St. Joseph’s.

In 1959, the Junior Volunteers, called Candy Stripers, were organized.

Memorial Mission’s irst group of vol- unteers was formed in 1951 when Mrs. Charles D. Owen invited a group of 15 ladies to her home for the purpose of organizing a ladies auxiliary for the new Memorial Mission Hospital.

Within the irst month, a bene it card party netted $153.47 and a photo service offering photos of newborn babies netted $30.50. Soon a shop cart was in opera- tion delivering magazines, cigarettes, cards, cosmetic items and other sundries to patients and their families.This was the seed of what has become a cornerstone for volunteer fundraising, our Gift Shops.

In 1961 a Candy Striper program was established.

St. Joseph Guild and Memorial Mission Auxiliary combined in 1999 and are now known as the Mission Volunteer Organization.

See Volunteers on page 7

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