Lee Memorial Health System
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Volunteers Give Time, Talents to Help Others
Several times a week, Cape Coral Hospital volunteer Karen Fortin reports for work, selling snacks, greeting visitors or attending meetings as auxiliary president. She is one of 4,083 Lee Memorial Health System volunteers who dedicate their time to working for others.
To be an ideal volunteer, you really have to care about people, Karen says. You have to make the kind of commitment you would if you had a paying job.
Volunteers work in 4-hour shifts, and can contribute one shift per week or as many as 10 shifts per week the equivalent of a full-time job. They receive a meal ticket to the cafeteria for each shift they work.
Volunteers and auxilians help maximize the role of Lee Memorial Health System as a not-for-profit community health care leader and resource through voluntary service, fundraising, organized teamwork, community health education and advocacy, says Donna Bradish, director of volunteer services, Cape Coral Hospital.
Lee Memorial Health System has had volunteers since 1950. The auxiliary programs raise funds for Lee Memorial Health System. In 2012, volunteers worked 555,428 hours at a value of $12.1 million.
Volunteers work in almost every department of the hospital, Donna says. They provide the extra hand to assist professional personnel throughout Lee Memorial Health System. Volunteers provide services in patient care areas such as nursing units, the Emergency Department, surgery services, and courier services and in nonpatient care areas such as the gift shops, uniform stores, post offices, popcorn services and clerical support. Other service areas are the information desk, ambassador service, patient representative and many, many more.
Karen says that volunteers get a sense of satisfaction from spending time with patients, visitors and staff. It s the best job I ve never been paid for, she says.