Posted on: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Northside Hospital honored its Atlanta Auxiliary volunteers at the 43rd annual Auxiliary Luncheon, held Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Villa Christina. More than 110 Auxilians attended the event, which recognized the volunteers for their dedicated service to the hospital.
Northside’s Auxiliary began serving the Atlanta hospital and community in 1969 with 100 volunteers. Today, the organization has 325 active volunteers, from ages 14-99 years, who work in more than 30 departments and have given more than 47,800 hours of service to Northside in the past year.
This year’s luncheon, themed “Volunteers are the key to success,” honored volunteers celebrating anniversaries and other very special milestones. The event also recognized the Auxiliary’s newly-elected officers, who are eager to continue the organization’s sterling reputation.
“Again this year, we have accomplished our mission to provide compassionate support and quality service to patients, families and visitors, as well as funding for special projects which benefit the hospital,” said Lisa Angel, Auxiliary president. “I am humbled by the dedication of our volunteers. It is a privilege and an honor to work with such a conscientious group of caring people.”
Angel presented Northside with a check for $344,289, raised from all of the Auxiliary’s fundraising efforts in 2012-2013 including sales in the Gift Shop, commissions on baby photo sales and several other sales to employees. The money was used to fund Northside’s annual Camp Hope for adult cancer patients, additional online resources for maternity patients, scholarships to those interested in the medical field, support programs and services for cancer patients and families in the Special Care Nurseries, the hospital’s Healing Sounds (music therapy) program and much more. In all, the Auxiliary money supported more than 25 departments of the hospital.
Additional accomplishments of the Auxiliary over the last year include:
The Auxiliary hosted 105 “volunteens” in various areas of the hospital.
Volunteers delivered 3,559 flower arrangements and 2,728 pieces of mail to patients, and transported 5,752 patients.
The Auxiliary’s Community Health Education Program (CHEP) performed 42 puppet shows to more than 4,000 children.
Happy Tails (pet therapy) volunteers made more than 550 visits to patients and their families in the High-Risk Perinatal and Medical-Surgery units.
Volunteers made 2,655 items, including baby blankets, caps, baby booties and scarves, for babies in the hospital’s Special Care Nursery and patients receiving cancer treatment.
Network of Hope volunteers visited with and offered support to 540 breast and other cancer patients. They also made 423 follow-up calls to recently discharged breast cancer patients.
“The Northside Hospital Auxiliary has always been and remains an essential component to hospital’s long-standing success,” said Bob Quattrocchi, president and CEO of Northside Hospital. “There are no limits to the extraordinary contributions our volunteers make to our patients, visitors and staff each and every day; we greatly appreciate all that they do.”
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