Hospital Volunteer Corps celebrates 36th anniversary
VAIL — The Vail Valley Medical Center Volunteer Corps recently celebrated its 36th year of supporting the hospital in its efforts to provide compassionate, patient-centered care. Comprised of more than 120 members, the Volunteer Corps assists VVMC’s healthcare and support staff in helping patients find their way, answering questions and providing a more personalized and meaningful experience for patients and guests.
“VVMC relies on the generosity of volunteers, and we are so grateful for the unfailing support of our Volunteer Corps,” said VVMC President and CEO Doris Kirchner. “Our volunteers are some of the smiling faces and lending hands you see at our facilities in Gypsum, Edwards, Beaver Creek, Avon and Vail. They are an important part of what makes the VVMC experience friendly and comforting.”
Volunteer Corps Board members and volunteers gathered to commemorate the anniversary and for the annual board of director’s installation. Among the newly appointed officers are President Nancy Berg, Vice President Dick Woodrow, Recording Secretary Gail Nash, Treasurer Jacquie Landt, Assistant Treasurer Meg Mason and Corresponding Secretary Jane Reisinger.
The Volunteer Corps Board of Directors leads the organization’s effort to support VVMC’s various services, including the Emergency Departments in Vail and Beaver Creek, as well as the Information Desks at VVMC, Shaw Regional Cancer Center, Sonnenalp Breast Center and Jack’s Place.
Volunteers are a tremendous resource to nonprofits like VVMC. Each year, the Volunteer Corps donates more than 7,000 service hours. Since its inception, the group has raised over $1 million for a variety of programs and equipment benefiting VVMC patients. Funds are primarily raised through the VVMC Gift Shop, which is run by volunteers.
“VVMC offers a personalized experience where patients and guests are often greeted by name,” said Debby Jasper, outgoing president of the Volunteer Corps Board. “The Volunteer Corps can be credited for contributing to VVMC’s warm and caring environment. I’m so grateful to have been a leader and continued member of this generous and selfless group.”
For more information on the Volunteer Corps or to become a volunteer, call VVMC Volunteer Coordinator Erin Gersbach at 970-479-5068 or visit http://www.VVMC.com/volunteer.
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