Mesa View Regional Hospital, like many others, relies heavily on volunteers to handle of variety of tasks both related and unrelated to the direct care of the patients. Many volunteers work behind the scenes providing administrative and emotional support. Others assist families and hospital visitors with excellent customer service. Most volunteers have the opportunity to interact with hospital patients every day by rocking babies, delivering books and magazines, lending support to all departments and helping to host special events.
According to the Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals, “President Richard Nixon established National Volunteer Week with an executive order in 1974, as a way to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers. Every sitting US president since Nixon has issued a proclamation during National Volunteer Week (as have many US mayors and governors).
Since then, the original emphasis on celebration has widened; the week has become a nationwide effort to urge people to get out and volunteer in their communities. Every April charities, hospitals, and communities recognize volunteers and foster a culture of service.”
April 10-16 was the week in which the volunteers all over the country could be recognized for their outstanding contributions to not only the hospital, but to communities all over the US.
On April 14, Mesa View Regional Hospital administration hosted a luncheon in honor of 27 volunteers who provide invaluable support to MVRH hospital staff and their patients.
Diane Micheli from Minnesota is a retired RN who volunteers when she is in Mesquite. Micheli is a snowbird who wants to stay in touch with some form of medicine even after retirement and volunteering helps her to achieve that goal.
Gerri Savinsky has been volunteering for Mesa View since they opened because she loves helping people. She loves working in the PACU unit assisting with surgeries because she likes to make people comfortable both physically and emotionally. Helping people feel comfortable and relaxed through surgery is where she feels patients need the most help and she can do that.
“We couldn’t function as well or as efficiently as we do without the help of our amazing volunteers. They are the backbone of the hospital helping out with whatever we or our patients need. They are busy everywhere, all the time and we are so grateful for their wonderful work,” said Rob Fuller.
Said marketing assistant Maureen Wilbur, “We don’t know what we would do without them. Their work is extremely important to all of us. I hope they all know how valued they are.”
For volunteer opportunities at Mesa View Regional Hospital visit the hospital located at 1299 Bertha Howe Ave. or contact them through their website www.mesaviewhospital.com.