Riverside Doctors' Hospital Williamsburg Hosts 6th Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon

The 6th Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon kicked off the annual National Health Care Volunteer Week.

Williamsburg, Va. – Since opening its doors in 2013, volunteers have logged more than 31,000 hours supporting patients and their families receiving care at Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg and the health system’s surrounding facilities in the region.

To honor that selfless service, Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg kicked off a weeklong celebration of volunteers Monday, April 8, 2019 with its 6th Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon for the 60 current volunteers who have served the health system in Williamsburg for their cumulative hours.

The event is held each year during National Health Care Volunteer Week, a celebration of the vital support that volunteers provide for health care operations and the many patients, families and friends they help care for each day.

“It often feels wrong to call them volunteers,” said Carrie Karnes, the Volunteer and Community Relations Manager for Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg. “These incredibly kind and giving people are true members of our Riverside team, donating their time and talents to serve our community. It’s often said that volunteers do not necessarily always have the time, but they always have the heart. At Doctors’ Hospital our volunteers have a lot of heart because of all the time and care they give to our patients, residents, families and friends each day.”

Volunteers serve in a variety of roles throughout the hospital, Karnes said, including as emergency department concierges and in reception for the surgical services team.

At other Riverside facilities in Williamsburg, volunteers provide support to the clinical teams and patients at Riverside Doctors’ Surgery Center and to the clinicians and researchers at the Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health.

Sponsored nationally by the Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals (AHVRP), the weeklong volunteer recognition puts the spotlight on volunteers who are an incredibly valuable asset to communities throughout the country.

The first National Health Care Volunteer Week was organized in 1974 by an executive order from President Richard Nixon. Since then, the original emphasis on celebration has shifted to participation, with a nationwide effort to urge even more people to get out and volunteer to help others.

Since opening in May 2013, Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg has remained a crowning achievement in Riverside’s commitment to serving Williamsburg and surrounding areas, and volunteers play a key role.

The hospital, which includes 40 private patient rooms and a full-service emergency department, is a Certified Primary Stroke Center and has NICHE Exemplar Status, a commitment to the highest quality care of older adults.

Earlier this year, Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg earned top spot in a patient satisfaction survey published by Virginia Health Information Report, and in 2017 earned the 2017 QUEST Award for High-Value Healthcare from Premier Inc., a leading healthcare improvement company, for providing outstanding patient care. Only six hospitals nationwide received the award for achieving top performance in all six of the areas measured in Premier’s nationally-acclaimed QUEST collaborative, including cost and efficiency, evidence-based care, mortality, safety, patient and family engagement and appropriate hospital use.

If you are an adult interested in volunteering please call Carrie Karnes at 757-585-2221.

Published: April 9, 2019