Lakeland Regional Celebrates National Healthcare Volunteer Week
Wednesday, April 24 2013
Especially during National Healthcare Volunteer Week, April 21-27, we recognize the signficant contributions of our more than 275 active volunteers. These individuals offer their time and talents to enhance the patient experience at LRMC, and they are a critical part of our team.
In 2012, more than 66,000 volunteer hours were spent making a difference in every corner of our hospital – from administrative support, food service, central supply, transport, escort/errand service, surgical waiting, patient admission, the gift shop and more. Lakeland Regional’s volunteers range from college students to retirees – all who say they volunteer for reasons that are personal to them.
When Elaine Ogilvie retired from her nursing career, she decided to give back to her profession through volunteer work at Lakeland Regional. Now, two decades later, she finds added fulfillment through helping patients and their families in the surgical intensive care unit waiting room.
With a personality for retail, Diane Lassiter began volunteering in the Lakeland Regional gift shop in 2011. Since that time, she says the customers and other hospital team members are an essential part of her day. “It’s just so much fun, and helping others makes me forget about any problems I may be facing.”
Casey LaMorte is a senior at Southeastern University who chose to volunteer at Lakeland Regional to gain valuable healthcare experience before she entered nursing school. What she received in return was more than what she anticipated. “I love interacting with the patients and seeing how much the teams care for the families we serve,” said Casey.
When visiting Lakeland Regional, you may find Ed DeLang at the B entrance helping at the information desk. He is knowledgeable and makes visitors feel at ease as they visit their loved ones on the various hospital units. Ed began volunteering in September 2012 to help him stay busy after his wife passed away. He is grateful for each interaction and enjoys meeting new people every day.
Thank you to every volunteer at Lakeland Regional for your contributions of time, care and expertise. For more information on how to become a volunteer at LRMC, click here.