Emergency Department Volunteers
Two ambulances arrive with accident victims. A family rolls up to the door with a loved one experiencing chest pains. A mother is frantic with a crying baby exhibiting a high fever. An elderly gentleman doubles over in pain. A young boy has fallen off of his skateboard and has a nasty cut on his head. All are taken care of in a day’s work at the ACH Emergency Department.
With the continual flow of cases in the E.D., it is imperative that all supplies be stocked in each room, as well as having beds and rooms that have been prepared for the next patient. This is where a group of dedicated volunteers come into play. These volunteers take pride in the work they perform for the staff and patients.
According to Dave Welsh, a longtime volunteer in the E.D. department, there is a real sense of pride knowing you have helped provide quality service to families during a time of stress. “I enjoy working with the staff in the E.D.. There is a real sense of family among everyone. I know that the work I have done, whether it is stocking a room with supplies or preparing a room for the next patient, I have helped make a difference.”
Volunteers provide another valuable service to patients and family members as they provide hospitalities in the E.D. comfort area. Whether it is visiting with visitors to help ease their minds, providing crayons and a coloring book for little ones, or providing directions to the cafeteria, these volunteers are always looking for ways to assist and help make visitors feel more at ease.
Volunteers who are currently providing service to the Emergency Department include: Dave Welsh, David Hostettler, Lola Stirtz, Asha Lanham, Carl Barrick, Becky Edwards, Shayna Raj, Kaitlyn Adams, Rick Smith, Holly Morrow, Codi Karlen and Lyndsey Thomas.