Volunteers are missed at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital
Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital is entering its fifth month of adhering to strict coronavirus safety precautions. This includes prohibiting hospital volunteers from serving in order to protect them and to limit the number of people entering the hospital.
Their smiling faces and helping hands have been sorely missed at the hospital, said Melissa Maxon, Volunteer Services coordinator for both the hospital and Samaritan Evergreen Hospice. “We have an amazing crew of men and women who serve in so many different capacities,” Maxon said. “Since mid-March, they have been missing from our halls but not far from our hearts.”
The most recent Volunteer Services Annual Report illustrates the value of volunteers to hospital staff and patients. Last year, 86 volunteers performed 13,631 hours of service in the hospital. This is the equivalent of 6.5 full-time paid staff with a value of $346,636. Seventeen specially trained volunteers served Evergreen Hospice on the coast, giving 530 hours last year.
The volunteers provide support to more than a dozen hospital departments. They hold fundraisers and manage the hospital gift shop – activities that have also been halted during the pandemic. They make sure patients find their way to appointments and are comforted by bedside visits and holiday trinkets added to their food trays. “Hug me” pillows, lovingly sewn and stuffed by volunteers, bring comfort to adults, and donated stuffed animals sooth pediatric patients.
“No wonder we are missing our volunteer friends so much,” Maxon said. “We think of them every single day and hope they are well during these strange times. Once it is safe, we look forward to their return.”
For a copy of the annual report or information about volunteering, contact Maxon at firstname.lastname@example.org.