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Ukiah Valley Medical Center Honors Volunteers during Volunteer Appreciation Week

Awards & Recognition

Ukiah, CA - Ukiah Valley Medical Center staff is excited to recognize all of our wonderful volunteers during National Volunteer’s Week, April 10-16, 2016. We realize what an important, vital role volunteers play in providing quality care to members of our community, and there is no better time than now to thank them. This year our volunteers will be honored at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.  Volunteers will enjoy a delicious meal, as well as receive gift bags, service pins and certificates of hours worked. Over the last year, volunteers have put in over 3,500 hours, making the difference in a wide variety of departments around our hospital and at specialty clinics.


Most volunteers at UVMC start out by working in the Gift Shop or the Main Waiting Room Desk.  As scheduling and experience allows, volunteers can serve in areas such as the Emergency Room, Advanced Wound Care, Diabetes Education, Obstetrics, or the Chaplain’s Office.  Two new programs being developed that will soon rely heavily on volunteers are the Organ Donor Program and Pet Therapy.  Volunteers at UVMC are asked to make a one-year commitment, although the majority of volunteers stay on for many more.


There are many opportunities for community members who would like to join our team of volunteers.  Long term studies have shown that volunteers live longer, are in better health, have lower rates of depression and less heart disease than the general population.  “The benefits of volunteer work can be felt as you connect with others in a meaningful and sincere way.  As you give of yourself, life gives back to you,” states Felicia Eriksen, new volunteer services manager at Ukiah Valley Medical Center.


The hospital is a wonderful, welcoming, positive environment to be in and our volunteers are very special to us. Current volunteers at UVMC have many reasons for their service including making a difference in someone’s life, giving back to the community that has been good to them, achieving a sense of purpose in life or providing joy for patients, families of patients and themselves. 


If this sounds like an opportunity you would like to explore, contact Felicia Eriksen, volunteer services manager, at 707.463.7690 or eriksefd@ah.org to schedule an interview. 

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Ukiah Valley Medical Center is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 75 communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 31,000 includes more than 22,350 employees; 4,800 medical staff physicians; and 3,850 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 20 hospitals, more than 275 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 15 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. Adventist Health ranked #10 in Becker's list of the largest nonprofit hospital systems in the U.S. for 2015.  Visit uvmc.org for more information.