Beloit Health System Volunteers in Partnership (VIP’s) recently held their annual meeting to announce 2009 accomplishments and to name officers for the upcoming year. One of the highlights of the year was the announcement that the 408 volunteers reached a total service of 41,500 volunteer hours to the hospital. In addition, the VIP’s are very proud of their financial gift to the hospital that exceeded their goal and reached $135,000.
Linda Lynch, Volunteer Coordinator, was pleased to announce Marietta Axmear as the continuing Volunteer in Partnership President. Additional executive officers include: Dick Johnson, Vice President; Joycelyn Ramsden, Secretary; Nancy Schroer, Treasurer; Les Schroeder, Assistant Treasurer and Arnie Lee, Past President.
Linda Lynch, Volunteer Coordinator for the hospital, thanked the volunteers for their achievements and continued dedication to serving patients and families. She emphasized their generous total financial contribution of $135,000 that was accomplished by a large number of fundraisers. The 2009 VIP donation was designated to the Emergency Room Remodeling and Expansion where they will dedicate a new Family Waiting Area.
Greg Britton, President and CEO of Beloit Health System, congratulated the volunteers for their important contributions and shared a power point presentation showcasing the hospital’s future endeavors.
“I enjoyed every minute of my first year as president,” stated Axmear. “The volunteers and hospital staff are a great group of people to work with.” The VIP organization funded six $1,200 scholarships to local high school students going into the medical field, exceeded their VIP goal by 139% for the United Way Campaign, completed four successful fundraising events, set a new record of 662 Lifeline subscribers, and recruited many new volunteers.
Additional Board members and VIP Service Chairpeople include: Maxine Givhan, Eleanor Morse, Jane Threinen, Darlene Nelson, Les Schroeder, Deb Brigham, Judy Simonds, Bob Woodard, Eva Arnold, Roma York, Betty Johnston, Joan Guetschow, Lucille Braden, Betty Jo Bussie, and Betty Johnston.
The continued commitment of the VIP’s is evident by their support of many services including, Lifeline personal response assistance, creating teddy bears for pediatric patients, Ambulatory, Emergency Room, VIP Grille, Gifts From the Hart Gift Shop, escorting patients, Emergency Room, Surgical Waiting Room, Pharmacy, News Carriers, Outreach Clinics, Lovelight, NorthPointe and Riverside Terrace assistance, clerical, valet, and visitor assistance.
For people interested in finding out more about volunteering at the hospital, please call Linda Lynch, Volunteer Coordinator, at 608-364-5162. New volunteers are always needed and welcome.