LANCASTER — In honor of National Healthcare Volunteer Week (April 21 to April 27, 2013), Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) recognizes the many active volunteers who donate their time, energy and talents to the organization, as well as those who have volunteered in the past, and encourages others to start helping within the community.
AVH currently has over 425 active volunteers assisting in 55 departments throughout the hospital. These community members are essential to the healthcare team – they provide comfort to the sick, and offer their talents to assist AVH employees though a variety of tasks.
Last year, AVH volunteers contributed nearly 64,000 hours of service to patients, families, and staff. This is equivalent to the work of 30 full-time employees, which saves the hospital more than $1 million each year.
“Our volunteers play an integral role at AVH, and selflessly support our mission to improve the quality of health in our community,” said Edward Mirzabegian, AVH Chief Executive Officer. “We truly appreciate their dedication to the hospital and desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others.”
AVH will honor its volunteers tonight (April 23) at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at The John P. Eliopulos Hellenic Center.
Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and to help the less fortunate, while also providing the opportunity to gain valuable skills that can be used later in life. For more information about volunteer opportunities at AVH, contact the Volunteer Services Department at 661-949-5105.
(Information via press release from Antelope Valley Hospital.)