Through a variety of fundraising efforts, Lee Memorial Health System Auxiliaries committed nearly $900,000 for new technology, programs, and projects to benefit patients and the community in the 2013 fiscal year, according to annual reports they presented to the Board of Directors on Oct. 10.
As a not-for-profit public health organization, Lee Memorial Health System relies heavily on community support and is fortunate to have thousands of compassionate volunteers who are dedicated to furthering the health system and its commitment to provide the highest quality of care to the people of Southwest Florida.
“Our volunteers are dedicated to improving the quality of care we provide by adding that personal touch and engaging in activities that help meet the needs of our community,” says Jill Palmer, Director of Volunteer Resources and Auxiliary Development at HealthPark Medical Center. “Their selfless giving plays a huge role in our success. Volunteer efforts touch the community in countless ways and their generosity affects so many lives each and every day.”
Auxiliary services began with the efforts of 30 women in 1950, serving Lee Memorial Hospital – the only Lee Memorial Health System facility established at the time. The first year of auxiliary donations totaled $1,232. There are now three auxiliaries serving six hospitals and numerous outpatient facilities. The number of volunteers has grown to over 5,000 men and women and a total of over $14,000,000 in donations. The personal touch they provide to the health system is truly immeasurable in dollars.
Annual donations are raised through a variety of fundraising businesses including the sale of hot buttered popcorn in each hospital lobby, gift and uniform shops and special events. Each auxiliary also donates money for educational grants, which have totaled $150,000 annually, to help hundreds of students pursue degrees in various health care professions.
Volunteers enhance the health system’s quality of care by giving services a personal touch and providing extras. There are several different types of volunteer opportunities available at all facilities including trolley service, reception, clerical, gift shop, or simply spending time with patients and their families to make their stay more comfortable.
Volunteer work is a gift to the community. As a gesture of appreciation, Lee Memorial Health System offers discounts and other benefits to volunteers. For more information on how you can make a difference, please call one of the Lee Memorial Health System Auxiliary/volunteer offices:
Lee Memorial Hospital 239-343-2388 HealthPark Medical Center 239-343-5055
Cape Coral Hospital 239-424-2206 Gulf Coast Medical Center 239-343-0636