By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) will honor its volunteers during National Volunteer Week, April 10-16.
“Volunteer Week is about giving time and touching hearts,” says Pat Redinger, ARMC volunteer director. “The hospital’s volunteers provide support and assistance to help serve the needs of patients, families, visitors and staff.”
Men, women and teen volunteers at the medical center help to enhance the patient experience and quality of care at ARMC. All are welcome to stop by the Volunteer Week open house for coffee and cake, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on April 13, at the Volunteer Office on the lower level of the hospital.
ARMC’s volunteers have been a great force behind the Medical Center since the early 1900’s. Volunteers from the community were the ones who enabled the hospital to be self-sufficient, by canning and preserving fruits and vegetables grown on the land surrounding the grounds of the hospital. A formal volunteer group was organized at the hospital in 1958. They were known as the “Sunshine Ladies,” and the volunteers wore yellow and white uniforms as a symbol of the light they brought into patients’ lives.
Now, there are about 250 volunteers at ARMC, who donated approximately 36,000 hours of their time and talent to the hospital in 2015.
What do volunteers do?
- Escort patients and visitors throughout the hospital
- Connect with patients through the Friendly Visitor or Living History programs
- Provide pet therapy services
- Coordinate the Children’s Reading Program
- Assist with bilingual visitors
- Provide spiritual care to patients and families
- Provide knitted beanies and booties to our newborns
- Provide quilts to patients for comfort
- Distribute gifts for patients during the holidays
For more information about the Volunteer Department at ARMC call (909) 580-6340, or visit: https://www.arrowheadmedcenter.org/giVolunteer.aspx.
About Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
ARMC is a 456-bed university-affiliated teaching hospital located on a 70-acre campus in Colton, California, and is a designated Level II trauma center. ARMC operates a regional burn center, primary stroke center, a behavioral health center, four primary care centers including three family health centers, and provides more than 40 outpatient specialty care services. ARMC is helping to achieve the Countywide Vision by addressing the community’s wellness and educational needs. For more information on the Countywide Vision, visit: www.sbcounty.gov/vision. Follow ARMC on Twitter at @ArrowheadRMC for important announcements and updates, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/arrowheadregional.