Genesis Volunteers

by Brittany Harris on September 22, 2010 at 7:31 am

Every day hundreds of volunteers walk through the doors at Genesis Good Samaritan and Bethesda Hospital, to help out the staff, families, and most importantly, the patients.

"They’re members of the community, a lot of them use to work at Genesis, so once they retire, they want to give back to the community and where they use to work," said Gift Shop Manager Scott Griffiths.

Linda Mills has been volunteering in the gift shop for over 30 years. Prior to that, she was an employee at the hospital.

"Couldn’t get along without volunteers, you know they do a lot for the hospitals," said Mills.

For Shirley Echemann, volunteering was a way to get out of the house, she says it’s been a rewarding experience and recommends others to join the cause.

"They just appreciate everything you do for them, and I love it, it’s a good way to meet new people, a lot of new people, and people are nice," said Echemann.

In 2009, Genesis had over 611 volunteers and logged over 66,000 hours.

"We have the volunteers available all the time, we can call and say hey this patient needs to go outside can you come up and bring them a wheelchair and take them outside for us," said Registered Nurse Arlie Graves.

From aiding the medical staff with various tasks, to offering a hand to patients and family members, these volunteers play a large role in the healthcare system.