“Here’s to all volunteers, those dedicated people who believe in all work and no pay.” quips Robert Orben, speech writer for President Gerald Ford.
Volunteers at Rush Memorial Hospital are invaluable to the services offered by the hospital. Presently, there are 27 active volunteers working not only at the admissions desk and 13th Street entrance desk, but also in Oncology, Health Information, Purchasing, Recycling, Pediatric Office, Foundation Office, Med/Surg, Respiratory Therapy, Surgery, and the Medical Office Building.
“We try to pair the volunteer to an area where they have interest or specific skills. It is a winning combination when our volunteers can help with special tasks in departments and certainly with customer service at our entry volunteer desks,” according to Faith Mock, RMH Volunteer Coordinator. She continued, “It is so exciting that we have added a new volunteer desk in the Medical Office Building. The volunteer can direct patients to doctor offices and escort them to various departments within the hospital.”
There are numerous out of the hospital volunteers that sew pillows, crochet blankets for oncology patients, and help with special events such as our Teddy Bear Clinic.
Several of the RMH volunteers have helped for many years and volunteers of all ages are welcomed. College students studying for health and medical degrees are encouraged to volunteer along with the retired citizen that would like to give back to their community through volunteerism.
On May 15, RMH Volunteer John Benagh was honored at a reception held in Richmond by the Area 9 Agency for the “Golden Hoosier Volunteer Award.” Eleven volunteers from Rush, Henry, Fayette, Union, and Wayne counties were honored for their service to various organizations.
“John has been at RMH for a short time, but has become a valuable asset to our surgery department. He has years of volunteer experience in the EMS field. We were so glad to nominate him for this special honor,” Mock said.
More volunteers are needed since the opening of the new desk in the MOB. If you are interested in volunteering at Rush Memorial volunteer applications can be found at www.rushmemorial.com (Volunteer tab) or by stopping by the Admissions, 13th street desk, or Medical Office Building volunteer desk to pick up an application.
For additional information contact Faith Mock at (765) 932-7568.