September 16, 2016
As members of the Fort HealthCare Partners organization, Fort Memorial Hospital volunteers are an invaluable resource to the community and a vital part of any healthcare organization. Several important roles fulfilled by volunteers add a tremendous amount of value to Fort HealthCare’s services and directly influence positive patient and guest experiences. Fort HealthCare is actively seeking more compassionate individuals to volunteer their time, talents, and smiles at the hospital in Fort Atkinson.
Fort HealthCare Partners ask volunteers to help out for a minimum of two shifts per month. Shifts vary between one and four hours, and individuals may contribute more time only if they wish. There are many different types of opportunities available for volunteers, and they enjoy several benefits as well.
Kari Behling, Fort HealthCare Volunteer Services Manager, notes, “Early risers are especially needed right now for our early morning Patient Escort Service. Our escorts help people arriving at the hospital find their way, and offer a friendly face for individuals and families to be greeted with when they come to the hospital. The patient escort early morning shift is from 5:30-9:00 a.m. Volunteers on this service enjoy coming in to help out and then they still have the rest of their day left to do other things.”
Fort HealthCare volunteers enjoy a complementary beverage when working their shift and receive a 20 percent discount on purchases made at the hospital’s gift shop to use anytime. Partners members can earn awards and are invited to an annual awards banquet. Members also may use the hospital’s Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation department’s exercise gym free of charge (during allotted hours), and receive discounts on classes offered through the Fort HealthCare Community Health & Wellness department. Other benefits include free flu shots annually in October, a free subscription to the Fort HealthCare Volunteers newsletter, The Volunteer Voice, and invitations to all volunteer-related special events.
There are other less tangible benefits as well – because volunteering feels good! Behling adds, “Partner volunteers often comment that they feel they get just as much or more benefit from volunteering as do the patients and families they serve. Volunteers have fun and gain personal satisfaction from helping others.”
Volunteers can also learn new skills, make new friends, develop new interests, and have a chance to make a difference. Volunteering at Fort HealthCare can help people stay active in retirement years, or sharpen skills for re-entry into the business world. High school and college students are also encouraged to get involved.
Behling says, “Whether you have been a patient or a visitor at Fort HealthCare, you likely have at some point probably come in contact with one of our hospital volunteers. Our volunteers are always wearing a smile and offer kind words for our guests here. We truly would be at a loss without them.”
To start enjoying the benefits of volunteering, or if you have any questions, feel free to call or stop by the Volunteer Services Office at Fort Memorial Hospital for information on how to apply. The hospital is located at 611 Sherman Avenue East in Fort Atkinson. Call 920-568-5276 or toll free at 1-800-421-4677 ext. 5276, or visit FortHealthCare.com/Volunteer to learn more.