Letter: A note of appreciation to SVHC volunteers

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To the Editor:

At Southwestern Vermont Health Care, we are celebrating National Volunteer Week, April 7 - 13, honoring over 100 Southwestern Vermont Medical Center volunteers and Auxiliary members for their service to our health system. Our volunteers give over 10,000 hours annually to support the mission to provide exceptional care and comfort to each person that we serve. Whether greeting and assisting our visitors in the front lobby of our hospital, escorting patients to life-enabling and saving treatments, offering reiki to inpatients and staff alike, providing clerical support in various offices, each and every volunteer delivers these services with care and empathy.

Celebrating 100 years of service in 2019, the SVHC Auxiliary is an all-volunteer group that has supported the health system through raising funds for patient programs and various departmental needs, curating our corridor art program, awarding scholarships and health service mentorship programs, and has spent countless hours working to serve the mission of the hospital.

We are certain that our community, both on-campus at SVMC and beyond, appreciates and is thankful for the tireless work of our volunteers. To those volunteers with the commitment to enhance the visitor and patient experience, while assisting our entire system in providing exceptional care, thank you. We couldn't do it without you!

Jennifer Civello,

Adams, Massachusetts

The writer is director of Volunteer Services & Community Engagement for Southwestern Vermont Health Care in Bennington.

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