Hospitals Celebrate Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week is April 12-18

Monday, April 13, 2015

Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Regional Hospital will celebrate National Volunteer Week, April 12 through 18th, as an opportunity to thank volunteers for the time they share with the hospitals' patients.


OVMC and EORH combined had 194 volunteers serving more than 2,000 hours this past year.

“While we have many dedicated, gracious volunteers, it's not every day that we get to honor the time they donate to us, yet National Volunteer Week allows us to set aside time to honor their gracious giving to our organization,” said Mary Velez, director of volunteer services at OVMC.

Both Velez and Denise Paxton, director of volunteer services at EORH, have organized a volunteer awards luncheon for the observance week. According to the directors, a luncheon is just a small way to thank the volunteers for their commitment to others at the hospitals.

The hospitals' volunteer program hosts individuals from age 14 to 55 and above. Many of them volunteer regularly and carrying out needed services to patients. Some services include registration desk, coffee cart, delivering flowers to a patient's room, and performing administrative duties.

“We are happy to recognize our current volunteers while inspiring others to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities,” said Paxton.

One example of how volunteerism has had a personal impact is Siggy Little, a retired school secretary of 42 years of Benwood. Little claims she has found much reward since she began volunteering at OVMC six years ago. Little walks throughout the hospital offering free coffee and tea to patients, visitors, and employees in the hospital.

“My favorite thing about transporting the coffee cart around the hospital is meeting people, and often times, just offering them a cup of coffee brings a smile to their face,” said Little. “I know that my job is more than offering a beverage. For some it means they don't have to leave their loved-one's side or just need someone to talk to while waiting for a doctor.”

Velez said OVMC and EORH are proud of the companionship volunteers like Little offer those who walk through the hospitals' doors.

To find out more about volunteer at either OVMC or EORH, contact volunteer services at 304-234-8643 or 740-633-4545.

Ohio Valley Medical Center, located in Wheeling, W. Va., and East Ohio Regional Hospital, located in Martins Ferry, Ohio, are a 340-bed combined organization with more than 1,600 employees providing the area’s only comprehensive orthopedic centers of excellence, behavioral and mental health services and board certified emergency services on both sides of the Ohio River.