St. John Thanks Volunteers during National Volunteer Week
TULSA, Okla. (April 23, 2017) — For the many ways they support our patients, guests and associates, St. John Health System would like to recognize and thank our dedicated volunteers during National Volunteer Week, April 23-29. Managed by the St. John Auxiliary, volunteers serve in a number of roles throughout the health system, donating their time to reception desks, flower delivery, gift shops, surgery waiting rooms, patient dismissals and spiritual care.
During the 2016 calendar year, St. John saw 605 volunteers donate 71,088 hours of service. Volunteers range in age from 15 to 96 and serve between four and 20 hours per week. The Auxiliary continues to work on its $2 million pledge for the St. John telemedicine program. In 2016, the Auxiliary put another $280,000 toward the pledge, leaving a balance of $1.17 million. Another donation will be made in May. All proceeds come from the day-to-day operations of the Auxiliary gift shops.
The Auxiliary is also preparing for another summer of junior volunteers. St. John will host more than 100 high school students at St. John Medical Center, St. John Owasso, St. John Broken Arrow and St. John Sapulpa for eight weeks in June and July. In addition to shadowing various department staffs, students learn about health care careers, take classes and tour the hospital campuses.
National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 to celebrate the efforts of volunteers and encourage a culture of service. St. John is always accepting new volunteers for service at St. John Medical Center, St. John Owasso, St. John Broken Arrow or St. John Sapulpa. To learn more or sign up to be a St. John volunteer, click here.
About St. John Health System
Ascension’s St. John Health System operates seven hospitals and more than 90 healthcare clinics and facilities in eastern Oklahoma and southeastern Kansas. St. John Health System employs approximately 8,000 associates. Across the region, St. John Health System provided more than $68 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016. Serving Oklahoma for more than 90 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia.