Alamance Regional Medical Center Auxiliary has completed another successful year of serving the community. During the 2011-2012 year, auxiliary volunteers worked at the hospital a total of 65,905 hours with an estimated value of more than $1.4 million.* In addition, the auxiliary donated $407,500 worth of equipment and gifts to enhance hospital services.
“We recognize the dedication and commitment our volunteers put forth in order to provide our hospital with funding to purchase some of the much-needed state-of-the-art equipment we require for many of our programs and services,” says John G. Currin Jr., president and CEO, Alamance Regional Medical Center. “And we see daily the impact they have on the lives of our patients and their families. They set a wonderful example for all of us.”
Some of the items funded by the auxiliary include individual headphones for dialysis patients to listen to music or TV during dialysis treatment, an automatic door that allows handicapped patients easier access to the Cardiopulmonary services area, and landscaping for a therapeutic garden courtyard for Behavioral Medicine patients.
One of the programs where the hospital’s volunteers make a huge impact is the Med Alert program. It is a personal response system that links people to 24-hour emergency assistance. At 1,350 subscribers, the hospital’s program is the largest in the state and by far one of the most affordable in the nation at only $14 per month. Currently, 15 volunteers are responsible for overseeing the program’s daily operation, recruitment of subscribers, installation of units, equipment repair, and regularly checking up on the subscribers.
Another service—the courtesy car—operated 255 days this fiscal year, transporting approximately 28,207 patients and guests on the Alamance Regional campus for an average of 111 riders per day. The auxiliary purchases the car, maintains it, and provides 17 dedicated and skilled volunteer drivers.
Volunteers also serve at information desks, escort patients upon discharge, deliver patient mail, and perform a number of other tasks at Alamance Regional.
Additionally, the auxiliary awards scholarships to deserving students seeking health careers. The scholarships are given based on financial need, high academic achievement and acceptance in a health-related program of study. The scholarships are renewable annually until the students receive their undergraduate degree.
Another area of volunteer involvement is the gift shop, which is staffed by a team of 24 auxiliary members. Volunteers are responsible for management, purchasing, serving as cashiers, and stocking and maintaining the gift shop. During the past fiscal year, the gift shop contributed $45,000 to the auxiliary general fund. In addition, a variety of fundraising events are held each year, such as jewelry sales, book and gift sales, and peanut roaster sales. All proceeds from these sales go back to the hospital to directly help patients and visitors.
*The value of volunteer time is based on the average hourly earnings of all production and nonsupervisory workers on private nonfarm payrolls (as determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics). Independent Sector takes this figure ($21.79) and increases it by 12 percent to estimate for fringe benefits.