Hudson, Wis. – National Volunteer Week (April 23-29) is a perfect time to pay tribute to the team of volunteers at Hudson Hospital & Clinic.
The 120 volunteers at Hudson Hospital & Clinic donated 8,877 hours of their time in 2016 – the equivalent of 4.5 full time employees.
“Volunteers provide our patients, staff and community with a sense of strength,” said Rosa Magnus, Volunteer Coordinator at Hudson Hospital & Clinic. “There may be anxiety or worry that a volunteer is able to help lessen those feelings just by being there for the patient, families and even staff that are here caring for the patients. We are forever grateful for their time, talents and dedication.”
On Tuesday, April 11 a recognition luncheon was held at Woodland Hills Presbyterian Homes in honor of the Hudson Hospital & Clinic volunteers’ service.
Those acknowledged for their years of dedication included:
- 30 years: Bob McGrew
- 20 years: Joyce Anderson and Maryann Madery
- 15 years: Marilyn Feyereisen, Tom Hugdahl and Myrtle Spielman
- 10 years: Linda Fett, Marilyn Strandquist, Margaret Webb, Al Wilkie and Burt Witthuhn
- 5 years: Karen Dennison, Marcia Dettling, Val Klett, Linda McFarland, Kathryn Murphy and Marlene Weiss
Volunteers recognized for milestone hours of service included:
- Bob McGrew (769 hours)
- Beth Polgreen and Margaret Webb (300-plus hours)
- Don Bittermann, Liz Engler, Ron Krueger, Anne-Marie McDonald, Lorraine McGrew and Paulette Vadnais (200-plus hours)
People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons: to give back to their community; to gain work experience in health care before choosing to pursue a related career; for an additional opportunity after retirement; to earn school credit; and more.
Kristy Strain, a double major in accounting and business management at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, joined the volunteer team at Hudson Hospital & Clinic four months ago. She hopes to work in hospital administration in the future and relished the opportunity to get some related experience before graduating. She volunteers with the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP), visiting one-on-one with patients, and as a greeter at the information desk.
“I really like talking to the patients and interacting with them – you can definitely see the impact you are making in their lives, even if you are only with them for 15 minutes before they have to go to an appointment,” said Strain. “At the information desk, I enjoy being the first face that people see when they come in. Often, they seem sick or scared, but when they see you smiling and saying, ‘Welcome,’ they instantly get a little perkier, I would say.”
Volunteer opportunities at Hudson Hospital & Clinic range from information desk greeters, gift shop assistants and nutrition care assistants to patient visitors with the Hospital Elder Life Program and the pet therapy program.
Across the four HealthPartners hospitals in the St. Croix Valley, 463 volunteers donated more than 30,000 hours last year. That’s equal to more than 14 full-time employees or $718,156 of service provided free of charge by community members (using a national rate to estimate the value of volunteer time).
For more information on becoming a volunteer at Hudson, contact volunteer coordinator Rosa Magnus at 715-531-6070 or Rosa.M.Magnus@HudsonHospital.org.
photo: Volunteers with 20 years of service: Rosa Magnus (staff), Marian Furlong (CEO), Maryann Madery (volunteer), Joyce Anderson (volunteer), Jane Roenfanz (staff), Kari Rambo (Foundation President)
# # #
About Hudson Hospital & Clinic
HealthPartners family of care includes Hudson Hospital & Clinic, serving western Wisconsin with an emergency center, birth center, rehabilitation center, imaging center, specialty clinics, cancer care, heart care, orthopedics and a nationally acclaimed healing arts program. Founded in 1957, the HealthPartners (www.healthpartners.com) family of health care companies serves 1.4 million medical and dental health plan members nationwide and is the largest consumer-governed, nonprofit health care organization in the nation, providing care, coverage, research and education to improve health and well-being in partnership with members, patients and the community.