Tuba City Hospital Launches New Volunteer Program

March 31, 2005

Pictured Left to Right: Emerson Biakeddy, Volunteer; Tully Frank, Volunteer Coordinator; Dr. Scott Deasy, Interim Chief Executive Officer

TUBA CITY, AZ. -- On Monday, April 18, Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC) begins its celebration of National Volunteer Week by formally launching its new Volunteer Services Program. The new program will serve as an integral part of the hospital and its service to the community by providing an opportunity for volunteers to gain a first hand view of a quality health care facility and the many career options that are available. It will also complement the healthcare services offered by clinical and support staff by providing assistance to patients and their families. Finally, it is hoped that the volunteer program will create interest in the continued improvement of healthcare for our community.


"As a community hospital, our focus is on our patients who depend on the excellent care that our doctors and nurses provide," said Dr. Scott Deasy, Interim Chief Executive Officer. "The same caring, compassionate environment that our patients value also makes our hospital a rewarding place to volunteer." "There are many ways to volunteer at the hospital," said Tully Frank, Volunteer Coordinator. "We make a special effort to match a volunteer's interests with an opportunity so that they will enjoy a rewarding experience." Opportunities at the hospital include assisting patients and their families as well as working within specific clinical departments such as pharmacy or radiology. Volunteer assignments are also available in areas that indirectly involve patients, such as health promotion/disease prevention or general services.


"Our volunteers are generous with their time and talents. Each volunteer plays an important role in adding to the comfort and well being of our patients. They are truly an asset to our hospital," said Jeff Corrigan, Interim Director of Human Resources, whose department oversees the new program.


TCRHCC welcomes volunteers to the new program. All volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and in good general health. Volunteers must also meet several requirements, including compliance with the Volunteer Services Handbook and all hospital policies regarding safety and infection control procedures, TB screening and Hepatitis B vaccinations, as well as confidentiality.


What's it like to be a volunteer at the hospital? Volunteer Emerson Biakeddy said, "It is gratifying to know that I have contributed to helping others in a meaningful way. My community has helped my family and I so much; I feel this is one way that I can give back to others."


For more information about the new Volunteer Services Program, please contact Tully Frank, Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation at 928.283.2040 or tully.frank@tcimc.ihs.gov.


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