April is National Volunteer Month.

On Thursday, April 6 is the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, CHI St. Alexius Health recognized its 120 volunteers for their service to the medical center. CHI St. Alexius Health’s volunteers are present in almost every area of care. On a daily basis, 18 compassionate individuals from the community volunteer their time to greet and assist patients and visitors.  Additionally, they deliver flowers and cards, assemble packets and mailings and help the nurses make instrument packs, amongst other activities.

“We are fortunate to have a dedicated and enthusiastic corps of volunteers. Every day of the year, volunteers of all ages and backgrounds contribute their time and skills to make life better for our patients, families and visitors,” stated Tanya Olheiser, coordinator volunteer services.  “The extra care and services our volunteers provide contribute to the healing environment of CHI St. Alexius Health.” Since the opening of the original hospital, volunteers have contributed millions of dollars to the hospital and its related programs and millions of hours of volunteer service.

At the luncheon, volunteers are treated to a meal, singing, and door prizes.

CHI St. Alexius Health has a long history of volunteerism. Today, the program is continually expanding to accommodate volunteers of all ages including a junior volunteer opportunity for young teens. For information on volunteering at CHI St. Alexius Health, call Tanya Olheiser at (701) 530-7159.