WMC honors volunteers at annual celebration
Winneshiek Medical Center honored their 125 active volunteers and members of the Auxiliary Board, Foundation Board and Board of Trustees at the “Volunteer Roundup” Volunteer Appreciation event held at Nob Hill.
In a Wild West theme, speaker Kathy Moe from UnityPoint in Fort Dodge spoke on the changes in health care and the important role volunteers play in healing. She highlighted how patient experience is more important than it has ever been, and how volunteers are often the people who make patients feel special and loved.
Karla Bakken, volunteer coordinator at WMC said to the group, “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. You, our volunteers, truly give of yourselves every time you volunteer your time for WMC. At Winneshiek Medical Center, we are proud you have chosen to be one of us.”
Winneshiek Medical Center volunteers are present in many areas, including the information desk, hospice, Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), Auxiliary Gift Shop, and at special events. Additionally, volunteers provide hand-crafted items for patients, help with mailings, share their gardening talents and sit on the Auxiliary Board. The following volunteers were honored for reaching service milestones in 2016: