Cy-Fair Hospital Honors the Volunteer Auxiliary at an Annual Luncheon During National Volunteer Week
When you think of the theater, you probably think of actors and actresses. And when you think of a hospital, your first thoughts might be of doctors and nurses. But just like the stage hands and costume designers who work tirelessly backstage to help produce a play, the Auxiliary volunteers at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital fill roles behind the scenes that add special touches to each patient’s stay.
“Our volunteers perform so many invaluable services each and every day, from lending a helping hand in the intensive care unit, pharmacy or emergency room, to designing craft projects during the holidays,” says Nadia Saqr, marketing manager and volunteer services liaison at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “They work closely with staff and contribute their personal time and talents to serve the health care needs of our community. Since the hospital open in 1983, they have provided an astonishing nearly 329,000 hours of service.”
Hospital volunteers work in many departments and have various responsibilities, such as escorting patients, performing clerical duties, or making caps for babies born in the hospital’s Women’s Center. Proceeds from the hospital gift shop, which is operated by the Auxiliary, have provided more than $45,000 in scholarships over the past five years for area high school students interested in pursuing careers in health care. Students age 14 and older can volunteer at the hospital through the Auxiliary’s Junior Volunteer Program, which offers young people an opportunity to learn more about health care professions as well as the importance of volunteering.
“People volunteer for many different reasons. Some want to learn new skills or strengthen old ones, while others want to meet new people and explore career opportunities in health care,” says Saqr. “We encourage anyone interested in communicating with people, building their social network, sharing interests, and extending a helping hand to become a volunteer. We are fortunate to have nearly 120 men and women, ranging in age from teenager to senior citizen, volunteering at our hospital.”
For more information on becoming a volunteer at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, visit www.CyFairHospital.com/Volunteer or call 281-897-3186.