As I walk the halls of Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, I am regularly struck by the consistent presence and contributions of our hospital volunteers. They are members of our community — our mothers and fathers and grandparents and retired caregivers — who give freely of their time and talents, and are a vital part of our patient care team. Here are just a few of the contributions that our volunteers make to ENMMC:
• Greet patients and visitors, and help them find their way.
• Make our Starbucks coffee with extra love.
• Stock, organize and manage our fabulous Ruth’s Gifts and Coffee Shop!
• Keep our patient and public waiting areas clean and inviting.
• Deliver flowers and other items to patients.
• Wait with and comfort family members while a loved one is in surgery.
Each year in April, we pause together to thank these volunteers for their compassion and dedication. Eastern New Mexico Medical Center celebrated National Healthcare Volunteer Week last week. The week-long celebration ended Friday with a reception to say thank you for all that our volunteers do!
Each year at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, more than 70 men and women contribute more than 20,000 hours of service, across multiple areas of patient and visitor care. Please join us in thanking these valuable members of our team, as well as all the volunteers in our community who give of themselves in the service of others.
Warren Yehl is chief executive officer for Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. The opinions expressed in this column are those of the author.