It is my privilege to once again thank all volunteers in our area for their unselfish dedication in assisting others. April 10-16 is National Volunteer Appreciation Week, and it is especially fitting as I begin my 25th year as drector, to recognize volunteers in the Grand Strand Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, Inc.
Not only is the Grand Strand Auxiliary one of the oldest and largest service organizations along the Grand Strand, but it boasts one of the largest volunteer staffs -- over 200 ladies & gentlemen.
Grand Strand Regional Medical Center is very proud and appreciative of the volunteer team. They assist staff, patients, and family members, and also serve the community at our annual health fair, prostate screening clinics, and with flu shot registration.
Volunteers do not take the place of paid employees, but perform some of the tasks that allow trained medical staff to attend to patients.
Last year our volunteers donated almost 38,000 hours of service. They assisted with admitting and discharging patients; delivered mail to patient rooms; provided clerical assistance in many departments; provided comfort and assistance in ICU waiting rooms and the Emergency Department; gave out information to visitors; greeted staff, patients and visitors in the gift shop. Volunteers are usually the first people to come into contact with a patient or visitor entering our hospital, and most likely will be the last person they see as a volunteer transports them to their car for the ride home.
Please take time during this special week of recognition and thank all volunteers for their unselfish efforts to help others. Congratulations to the volunteer staff at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, and to all volunteers in various agencies throughout our community. Volunteers truly touch lives and lift spirits -- which is the theme for 2011.
I am very proud and honored to work with this wonderful organization.
The writer is director of volunteer services for Grand Strand Regional Medical Center Auxiliary