NHRMC recognizes work of volunteers during Volunteer Week

April 17, 2009
New Hanover Regional Medical Center is proud to celebrate the approximately 800 individuals that volunteer on its campuses during National Volunteer Week April 19-25. Volunteers perform a wide range of duties from delivering flowers to discharging patients and their commitment to the hospital positively impacts patients, visitors and staff members every day.

An integral part of the volunteer program is the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Auxiliary. This special group of volunteers is the fundraising faction that provides many necessary items and services at no additional cost to the hospital. In addition to the proceeds from the gift shops, auxiliary members hold fundraisers throughout the year ranging from jewelry and clothing sales to old gold buying events. Proceeds from these events benefit many programs throughout the hospital including the Hospital Hospitality House, which offers accommodations and support for the families of patients at NHRMC; Kangaroo Kapers, a program for children ages 3 to 8 who are about to become a big brother or big sister for the first time; and Courtesy Vans, which take patients to and from the various campuses.

The most recent project undertaken by the Auxiliary is the purchase of teddy bears dressed in surgical gowns and masks for children who are undergoing surgery. “We have the bears waiting on the bed or crib when children are brought back to their pre-operative rooms,” says Pamela Van Velsor, a nurse in the Same Day Surgery Unit. “We are able to use the scrub suit that the bears are dressed in to help educate the children about what all the ‘funny dressed’ people will look like who are in the operating room with them. This quickly brings a smile to the faces of scared children!”

New Hanover Regional Medical Center is grateful for all of the volunteers and auxiliary members that provide such valuable assistance. In honor of National Volunteer Week, all of the volunteers are invited to a special brunch with entertainment by humorist Deb Gauldin on Monday, April 20 at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort. Since the volunteers are an integral part of the everyday operations of the hospital, managers and directors from every department are stepping in to take over the duties normally performed by the volunteers. They will be checking in patients, directing visitors, delivering flowers and escorting patients and families to and from the parking lot on golf carts.

If you would like more information on volunteering at NHRMC, please visit www.nhrmc.org/volunteer.