Doylestown Health celebrates National Volunteer Week (April 15-21, 2018).
A key part of the team
Doylestown Hospital is fortunate to have about 900 adult and teen volunteers in nearly 90 different services.
Volunteers are an important part of the Doylestown Health team. Volunteer Week provides the opportunity to thank these dedicated individuals who share their talents with the organization all year long in a wide array of services.
In fact, our volunteers impact the lives of patients and their families from birth through the end-of-life.
Last year, they contributed more than 123,610 hours of service doing everything from making sure patients receiving chemotherapy in our Cancer Institute are comfortable, to knitting hats for the newborns in our VIA Maternity Center.
Volunteers making "magic"
Director of Volunteer Services Karen Langley often receives positive feedback about volunteers.
"We get comments from patients and visitors quite often saying there is just something 'different' about Doylestown Hospital – a feeling that cannot be described," says Karen. "This is part of the 'magic' of our organization. I believe a big part of this magic can be attributed to our amazing group of Volunteers. Always putting the patient and family first, they exude compassionate caring with every interaction."
Each spring, the hospital takes time to acknowledge volunteers with a special banquet and themed Volunteer Week activities. Hospital staff actively participate, recognizing their volunteer colleagues with special lunches, treats and decorations.
A lifetime of service
The teens who volunteer at Doylestown Hospital serve in a variety of ways, helping in the Snack Bar, transporting patients and assisting customers in the Gift Shop.
They juggle volunteering with schoolwork, after-school activities, jobs and sports. Their many hours of service to Doylestown Hospital often mark just the beginning of a lifetime of service.
Assistant Director of Volunteer Services Doreen McVaugh has worked with the teens for more than 35 years.
"We're proud that so many young people in our community chose to start their volunteer experience at Doylestown Hospital," says Doreen. "These teen volunteers are extraordinary citizens who are very busy but still find time to give back to others. Their time at Doylestown Hospital starts a tradition of a lifetime of volunteering, a sense of responsibility to contribute their time to others. Thank you to our teen volunteers for theirservice!"
We can't forget another group of volunteers that deserves recognition – our Animal-Assisted Activities dogs and their handlers.
You may have seen photos of these special canines lining the walls of the main hallway in the hospital. These trained and certified dogs bring comfort and happiness to patients while they heal. They are also adored by staff who get to know each of the dogs.
After a visit from a Golden Retriever, a patient told his volunteer handler, "You don't know how much this means to people like me who love animals."
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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