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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2010

St. Nicholas Hospital Celebrates National Volunteer Week

Sheboygan, Wis.—St. Nicholas Hospital will recognize the dedicated services provided by its many volunteers during National Volunteer Week which is observed from April 18-24. Various departments will be acknowledging the valuable assistance their volunteers offer them and the Hospital will hold an Ecumenical Service on Wednesday, April 24, 2010, in the Chapel at 1:30 p.m., followed by a reception honoring the volunteers in the Christopher Room.

Nearly every day of the year, more than 200 Hospital volunteers manage and staff the Gift Shop, direct patients and visitors to the right locations, carry out clerical duties, and escort children on tours. Many of them also assist staff at flu clinics and health fairs, help at special events sponsored by the Hospital, visit hospice patients and families in their homes, and distribute the Sacrament of Holy Communion. In a year's time, St. Nicholas Hospital volunteers have generously given nearly 17,000 service hours to the Hospital.

A significant number of volunteers join the Partners of St. Nicholas Hospital and engage in sponsoring fund raising activities such as the Christmas LoveLights, the Annual Scholarship Card Party, the Spring Flower Sale, and books sales. Their successful efforts result in providing financial support to the LifeLine program, scholarship assistance to area high school graduating seniors, and contributing to various worthy Hospital projects.

"I'd like to thank all of the volunteers for their countless good deeds," said Cynthia Bertsch, Director of Fund Development and Advocacy. "Their contributions of time, compassion, and joy make a tremendous difference in the lives of our patients, their families, and our Hospital staff."

"The volunteer's extraordinary ways of reaching out to others is greatly appreciated," said Sara Hester-Johnson, Social Worker and Hospice Volunteer Facilitator. "Thanks to each and every St. Nicholas Hospital volunteer."

About St. Nicholas Hospital
St. Nicholas Hospital is the recipient of the 2009/2010 HealthGrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award™. St. Nicholas Hospital is rated among the Nation's top 5% of hospitals for patient experience and one of only 211 facilities in the country to achieve this distinction two years in a row.

St. Nicholas Hospital is a non-profit hospital sponsored by the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis located at 3100 Superior Avenue, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Their mission and vision is to provide family-centered, compassionate care without regard for race, creed, or ability to pay. This is achieved through the core values of respect, care, competence, and joy.

To learn more, visit www.stnicholashospital.org .

CONTACT: Xue Yang
Marketing Assistant
St. Nicholas Hospital
3100 Superior Avenue
Sheboygan , WI 53081
920-459-4739
xyang@sns.hshs.org

 

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