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Published on April 24, 2006

National Volunteer Week

April 24, 2006

Helen Rockenbach, retired RN

Helen Rockenbach, retired RN,
continues to use her skills as
she volunteers at the weekly
Wednesday morning Blood
Pressure screening in the VWCH
lobby from 9-11 am. 

Especially during National Volunteer Week, but also in every week of the year, Valley West Community Hospital recognizes the invaluable contribution of the approximately 70 in-service volunteers who serve our patients, their families, our visitors and employees with wide smiles and generous hearts. Area Clergy also volunteer as Chaplain on Call to meet the spiritual needs of our patients, day or night.

“Our volunteers often provide the first smile visitors receive when they enter our hospital,” said Brad Copple, VWCG Administrator. “The warmth, concern and helpfulness that our volunteers exhibit sets the tone for a friendly, caring, community-centered organization.”

Volunteers serve in Patient Registration, Gift Shop, Specialty Clinic, Medical Records, Emergency Department, plus sorting the mail. The Gift Shop is fortunate to have two volunteers who do all the flower arrangements for the shop. New babies are gifted with volunteer-created crocheted or knitted baby hats, as well as baby Afghans created by loving volunteers at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Somonauk.
Another group of volunteers and Auxilians work off site or in their homes preparing for or serving in other VWCH Auxiliary projects: staffing the hospital booth at the Sandwich Fair, serving as holiday hostesses at a local bank, roasting hot dogs at the annual VWCH Health Fair and helping with the many fundraising activities that the Auxiliary sponsors every year.

In 2005, in-house volunteer hours totaled 8,238 hours, an increase of 1,000 hours over 2004. “Club 500” was created in 2004 to honor volunteers who have donated 500 hours or more of volunteer hours at the hospital. Every spring at the Auxiliary’s Annual Luncheon, all volunteers are honored for their service and new volunteers are inducted into Club 500. This year’s luncheon will be help on May 18th starting at 11:00 am at Edgebrook Golf Course. Those attending will enjoy a style show by Coldwater Creek.

“The volunteers at VWCH are very dedicated and always willing to help wherever needed. They make my job enjoyable and fun.” Jana Kingston, Volunteer Services Coordinator.

For information on becoming a volunteer or for tickets to the May 18th luncheon, call Jana at 815-786-3704 or visit the hospital gift shop.

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