Marjorie "Midge" Vansant, 86, has served nearly 14,000 hours as a volunteer. A Village Improvement Association of Doylestown (VIA) member, she has a combined six years of service on the Doylestown Health Foundation and Doylestown Hospital boards. Midge arrives at 5:45 a.m., twice a week, to volunteer in Same Day Services and the Family Waiting Area of Doylestown Health's Richard A. Reif Heart Institute.
My first volunteer position was . . . "At age 16 as a candy striper in New Jersey."
I volunteer because . . . "My husband has had heart surgery twice. I hope I have something to offer, like a kind word, to calm and support family members who are waiting. It can be scary."
I am proud to be a VIA member because . . . "I like to be in this atmosphere where everybody is contributing to the health of the community."
Whenever I'm away from my work at the hospital . . . "I can't wait to get back."
I'm passionate about . . . "The Friends of the Heart Institute. I feel very fortunate to still have my husband, which motivates me to be involved with raising funds for the needs of the Heart Institute."
Doylestown Health is . . . "A terrific health system. Patients rave about the excellent care and the warm, friendly, helpful staff."
My most meaningful project was . . . "Handwriting cards to family members whose loved ones passed away in hospice care. I have written about 16,000 notes in my 20 years as a hospice volunteer."
About The Village Improvement Association
The Village Improvement Association of Doylestown (VIA) was founded in 1895 to support and enhance the quality of life in Central Bucks County through service and education. In 1923, the VIA opened Doylestown Hospital. Today, members continue to oversee the governance of this award-winning healthcare system.
About Volunteer Services
Building on the mission of our founders, Doylestown Health Volunteer Services includes 894 volunteers working to enhance patient care in 80 different areas of the health system, including Doylestown Hospital, Doylestown Hospital Hospice, Doylestown Hospital Surgery Center and various physician practices.
About Doylestown Health
Doylestown Health is a comprehensive healthcare system of inpatient, outpatient and wellness education services connected to meet the health needs of all members of the local and regional community. Doylestown Hospital, the flagship to Doylestown Health has 232 beds and a Medical Staff of more than 435 physicians in over 50 specialties. An independent nonprofit health system, Doylestown Health is dedicated to providing innovative, patient-centered care for all ages.
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