Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) recognized volunteers during April’s National Volunteer Month, hosting a celebration brunch at the conclusion of Volunteer Appreciation Week on April 20.
“Our volunteers are one of GRMC’s greatest assets, given the high level of service, commitment and care they provide to our patients and staff,” says Kendra Thayer, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at GRMC. “Each and every day our volunteers touch our patients and staff members in so many ways, ranging from greeting patients at the front desk and running the hospital’s gift shop, to providing spiritual support through our chaplaincy program.”
Garrett Regional Medical Center has a volunteer force comprised of more than 100 individuals. Volunteer programs include the Chaplaincy Program, Loar Auxiliary Gift Shop, and Volunteers in Various Areas (VIVA). The Chaplaincy Program provides non-denominational services that are administered by members of the clergy from the surrounding area. VIVA volunteers help patients and visitors ranging from greeting, escorting, comforting, and acting as liaisons between physicians and patient’s families during surgery. The Loar Auxiliary is dedicated to managing the Loar Auxiliary Gift Shop, the proceeds of which support Garrett Regional Medical Center.
Volunteering at GRMC offers friendship and fellowship opportunities along with other daily benefits. Individuals interested in volunteering can download an application on the hospital’s website at https://www.grmc-wvumedicine.org/volunteer/volunteer-services or they may call 301-533-4173 for more information.