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Mid Coast–Parkview Health Celebrates Volunteers

National Volunteer Week recognized April 23 – 29, 2017
L to R, Sue Ayer of Topsham, Vicki Robertson of Brunswick, and Betty Callan of Brunswick volunteer at the Mid Coast Hospital information desk, just one of the many volunteer opportunities available at Mid Coast–Parkview Health.
During National Volunteer Week, Mid Coast–Parkview Health recognizes the contribution of the more than 500 volunteers working throughout the system.

"Volunteers are essential to helping Mid Coast Hospital deliver exceptional care while lowering the overall cost of healthcare,” said Shannon Coray, Director of Volunteer Services at Mid Coast Hospital. "As a non-profit, we could not do what we do, if it were not for the loyalty of the dedicated volunteers that commit to regular volunteering schedules. During this week and every week, we thank each and every volunteer for their unwavering service.”

Many volunteers offer their time because they want to give back to their community, but there are additional physical and mental rewards. Research indicates that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it reduces stress by interrupting usual tension-producing patterns. Senior volunteers spend less time at home and more time in their communities, which helps them increase their social and support networks.

Volunteering brings people together and enhances the community. Uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common good fosters camaraderie and teamwork, while promoting personal growth and self-esteem. New job skills can be gained and greater empathy develops through a deeper understanding of the community’s needs.

Ruth Kingsbury has been a volunteer for 60 years and with Mid Coast–Parkview Health for 15 years. She assists the Ambulatory Care Unit or Operating Room at Mid Coast Hospital and plays the piano for residents at Mid Coast Senior Health Center. When asked why she volunteers she said, "Volunteering is just built into my DNA. As a volunteer, I feel a lot of positive energy from the Mid Coast staff and enjoy their can-do spirit.”

Deb Cost became a hospital volunteer after visiting and caring for her mother during an illness. She was impressed with the care and compassion the staff and volunteers extended to her mother and wanted to be a part of it. Deb has been putting her clerical skills to work in several departments. "I discovered how much fun it was to have the variety and challenges of learning new skills,” she said.

For more information about volunteering at Mid Coast Hospital or to submit an application, go to the website, or email scoray@midcoasthealth.com.