Cass Health Volunteers Celebrated during Volunteer Recognition MonthApril 27, 2023
ATLANTIC, IOWA – April is Volunteer Recognition Month, which is the perfect time to highlight the dynamic role that volunteers play in every community. Volunteers in the Cass Health Auxiliary contribute their talents, time, and financial support in a variety of ways.
“We are extremely fortunate to have such active and caring volunteers who choose to share their time and talents with Cass Health. They make the lives of our patients better, and they truly embody our slogan, Neighbors Caring for Neighbors,” said Kolton Hewlett, Chief Human Resources Officer. “Not only do our volunteers have a great impact within the walls of Cass Health, but they also make an impact through several community-based volunteer programs. We are also grateful for the volunteers on our hospital board, auxiliary board, foundation board, and county board of health.”
Over the last year, Cass Health’s nearly 100 active volunteers have assisted in the surgery waiting room, covering 1,169 surgeries and accumulating more than 500 hours of service. Library service volunteers delivered 2,351 items to local homes. In the Gift Shop, volunteers worked 3,396 hours. Transportation volunteers drove 23,499 miles to help take patients to appointments. Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) volunteers saw 111 clients between July and December 2022. Volunteers also assist by crocheting baby hats, coordinating the “Hello Baby” gift program for parents of newborns, transporting laboratory materials, calling community members signed up for the telecare program to check in on them, and making walker bags for patients at Cass Health and local nursing homes.
“We are always thankful to have new members – both active and inactive. I think many of our volunteers would say that volunteering is beneficial for their own mental and physical health, too, so we do encourage anyone interested to talk with us and see where we can best use their talents. It’s a win-win,” said Beth Spieker, Director of Community & Guest Relations.
The Cass Health Auxiliary also raises funds through the Gift Shop, membership dues, and fundraisers. The proceeds from their efforts are used for scholarships for local students pursuing healthcare careers, as well as funding equipment, training, or other items for Cass Health. Recently the Cass Health Auxiliary purchased heated massage chairs that patients use while receiving infusions and treatments in the Tyler Family Cancer Center.