Thursday, 24 April 2014

The Value of Volunteers - Priceless!

There is a contingent of workers at our hospitals who put in countless hours and don’t take home a cent for their time. You can find them fundraising in the community and supporting patient care in nearly every area of our hospitals. Easily recognized by their green smocks and big smiles, our hospital auxiliary volunteers are hard-working and caring individuals dedicated to supporting local hospital care.

Volunteering is about giving back. Volunteering means working with others to make a meaningful contribution to a better community. At Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare, we are fortunate to have the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and the Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary supporting our community hospitals in Bracebridge and Huntsville. These Auxilians assist patients, staff and visitors, promote awareness in the community, and raise money to help purchase much-needed equipment. It is thanks to support like this that we are able to realize our vision of Outstanding Care that is People Focused and make continued investments in the hospitals that improve patient care.
As a hospital administrator, every time I hear about all the work our volunteers are doing and the dollars they are fundraising, I am humbled – humbled by their generosity, commitment and contagious enthusiasm. Each of our volunteers has a story to tell, each of them comes from a different background with different life experiences, but yet they all have one thing in common – and that is their willingness to give of their time in support of the hospitals.

To all of our volunteers, I cannot overstate your role and your contribution to safe, high-quality care. Each and every one of you makes a difference – not only to our patients needing care of one type or another, but to our Board of Directors, leadership team, staff and physicians. On behalf of all the people that come through our doors, I sincerely thank you and I hope that you feel a deep sense of satisfaction in knowing that you make enormous contributions to improve patient care at MAHC.
The value of volunteering is something money can never measure and our Auxiliary members are simply priceless.