Volunteers give selflessly of themselves and are vital to California’s hospitals. They staff the gift shops, answer phones, work hand in hand with staff, and more in order to help hospitals run smoothly. The Committee on Volunteer Services is essential in linking hospital volunteer leaders, hospital administrations, and other hospital community representatives throughout the state. The committee members plan and recommend policies and standards for volunteer activities in hospitals and health systems throughout the state.
Established in 2003 and observed each April, National Donate Life Month is a time designed to draw attention to organ donation and motivate individuals to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors.
There’s still time to register for the California Hospital Volunteer Leadership Conference on Feb. 16-17. This year’s conference will be held virtually, utilizing the Zoom webinar and meetings features.
Are we there yet?
It’s a question we have all heard that usually indicates the trip has been way too long. We can certainly say that about this past year!! It has been filled with stops and starts, bumps and potholes, and some very sharp twists and turns that have made us all a little nervous and fearful. It has even stopped us in our tracks a few times.
Will Glaspie, director of volunteer services, at Oroville Hospital is retiring this month after a 40+-year career in health care. Before he heads off to enjoy his well-earned retirement, CAHHS had a few questions for him. Some answers have been edited for clarity.
1. How long have you been the director of volunteer services with Oroville Hospital?
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” ― Fred Rogers
Years from now, when we look back on the past year, we will undoubtedly be filled with memories of struggle. The struggle to cope with an unprecedented crisis in modern times that had led to isolation for hundreds of millions, illness for millions more, and death for hundreds of thousands.
Welcome to the new CAHHS Volunteer Services monthly newsletter – Volunteer Heartbeat: The Pulse of California Hospital Volunteers – designed for California’s hospital volunteers and volunteer program leaders.