For 58 years, the Auxiliary volunteers have been familiar and friendly faces at Natividad Medical Center, whether they are helping hospital staff in various departments, in the Gift Shop, assisting patients and visitors at the information desks.
In recognition of the 2018 National Volunteer Week, April 15th to 21st, and in honor of the Volunteer Auxiliary’s 58th year of service to the hospital, Natividad Medical Center is shining the spotlight on its dedicated volunteers. In 2017, the 400-member Auxiliary provided over 43,000 hours of service to the hospital. These volunteers include young adults seeking work experience in a professional environment, college and high school students who have medical careers in mind, and retired seniors who wish to remain active and be of service to the community. Almost half of the volunteers are fluent in both English and Spanish, which is a plus in our multi-lingual community. They perform a wide range of essential activities that make it possible for Natividad Medical Center to focus and serve the residents of Monterey County effectively.
The Volunteer Auxiliary also oversees and coordinates other important activities each year, to include concierge service to families in waiting rooms, Pet Therapy, spiritual care, infant Cuddler Program, patient and specimen transport, staffing of the Gift Shop, clerical support in administrative offices, meal and mail delivery to patients, guiding hospital tours and sometimes just show compassion to patients or family members who are anxious or worried.
According to Dr. Gary Gray, Chief Executive Officer of NMC, “Volunteering is important as it helps create a healthy community. Our volunteers provide countless contributions to the hospital on a daily basis. We are undoubtedly grateful and proud to honor our team of volunteers in tribute to National Volunteer Week.”
For more information or to join the Natividad Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary, please call (831) 755-4215 or email Nathan Fuentes at firstname.lastname@example.org.