Affinity Celebrates National Volunteer Week
Volunteers contributed more than 150,000 hours of service in 2008
04 / 28 / 2009
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
(920) 554-0686 (pager)
MENASHA, Wis. - Volunteers play an integral part in organizations throughout the Fox Valley. Affinity Health System honors, during National Volunteer Week, the health care volunteers who have donated more than 150,00 hours of their time.
The impact of volunteers’ efforts is staggering:
- Volunteers contributed more than 150,000 hours of service to Affinity Health System last year.
- The cost savings to Mercy Medical Center due to volunteer programs and the work of more than 550 volunteers was more than $1,000,000.
- Time donated by more than 425 St. Elizabeth Hospital volunteers amounts to more than $996,000.
- Through their fundraising efforts, volunteers contributed $88,000 to St. Elizabeth Hospital capital needs and $7,500 in scholarships to local students.
“We want to thank and acknowledge the hundreds of volunteers who make our hospitals run,” said Daniel E. Neufelder, president and CEO of Affinity Health System. “Thank you, volunteers, every day you are heroes who make a difference in our workplace and the lives of those you serve.”
Affinity’s volunteer programs offer many opportunities to meet the interests, skills, and schedules of a variety of volunteers ages 14 or older.
Those who are interested in volunteering can find out about Affinity’s volunteer program at www.affinityhealth.org/volunteer. Information on volunteering can also be obtained by calling the Volunteer Services department at each hospital: at Mercy Medical Center (920) 223-0225; St. Elizabeth Hospital (920) 738-2425; and Calumet Medical Center (920) 849-7506.
For the Editor:
Affinity Health System, a faith-based regional health care network, is the Fox Valley’s second-largest employer, according to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry. For the fourth consecutive year, Affinity has been named one of the nation’s top 64 health systems based on clinical performance according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. For ten consecutive years, Affinity Health System has been named to the SDI (formerly Verispan) Integrated Health Network Top 100, an annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks in the nation. Both St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh rank among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in terms of quality and efficiency, as determined by the 2007 Premier | CareScience Select practice National Quality Award. Members of Affinity include Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Health Foundation, Oshkosh; St. Elizabeth Hospital and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Appleton; Affinity Medical Group, a regional network of 25 family practice and specialty clinics – 22 of which are recognized as NCQA Level III medical homes, the highest level of recognition – in 14 communities; Calumet Medical Center, Chilton; and Affinity Occupational Health.