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A Passion for Patient Care: Columbia St. Mary’s celebrates its volunteers

 Julie Hauck and Jerry Jankins are just two of the CSM volunteers that collate more than 1,300 chart packs each week for use on the hospital nursing units.
Julie Hauck and Jerry Jankins are just two of the CSM volunteers that collate more than 1,300 chart packs each week for use on the hospital nursing units.

  Wayne Hoppe, volunteer - CSM Hospital Ozaukee Day Patient Services - comforts a pediatric patient with a stuffed animal and handmade quilt provided through the Volunteer Department's Comfort Creature and Blanket program.
Wayne Hoppe, volunteer - CSM Hospital Ozaukee, Day Patient Services - comforts a pediatric patient with a stuffed animal and handmade quilt provided through the Volunteer Department's Comfort Creature and Blanket program.

Article courtesy of Columbia St. Mary’s Volunteer Services

April 18-24 marked a week-long celebration recognizing Columbia St. Mary’s volunteers. This annual celebration encourages reflection on not only the operational support provided by more than 675 volunteers, but also on the service standards they achieve to make Columbia St. Mary’s one of the premier healthcare networks in the state.

In the past year alone, our volunteers - youth and adult - contributed more than 81,000 hours of service, providing support in nearly every department at each hospital campus and several satellite locations.

It’s not unusual to see volunteers enjoying a sunrise or sunset, as many arrive at their placements as early as 5:30 a.m., and others continue to support hospital activities late into the evening.

While we can count volunteer activities in measurements of time, numbers and dollars, it’s their friendly, caring attitude and commitment to quality service that reflect the true spirit of Columbia St. Mary’s. You can always expect them to get you to your destination; collate admission packs; sort the incoming mail; help file or answer phones; work diligently on a special project; wait with a family or patient; or just be present to lend a listening ear.

Volunteers were honored at Columbia St. Mary’s Annual Recognition Banquets. The Ozaukee volunteers celebrated their “Kaleidoscope of Caring” on April 22. The Eastside volunteers celebrated Western style on May 1.

Please join us in thanking and congratulating the Columbia St. Mary’s Volunteers on their many accomplishments throughout the year, and for sharing their time and talents with us.

To find out more about volunteering at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee, please contact Kerry Burmeister at 414-291-1144. To find out more about volunteering at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Ozaukee, please contact Sherry Tietz at 262-243-7355.

 

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