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Olean General Hospital Celebrates Volunteer Week

Posted on: 04/24/2014

This month, Olean General Hospital celebrated and gave thanks to the nearly 150 volunteers who donated over 63,000 hours of expertise to the hospital in the past 14 months. April 12– April 20 was National Volunteer Week. The hospital honored OGH’s Volunteers and Auxilians on April 17 at the Premier Banquet Center with a dinner and door prizes.

Volunteers at Olean General Hospital can choose from various volunteering opportunities in either patient contact areas or non-patient contact areas. Patient contact area opportunities include Van Gogh drivers, patient escort service, art cart program, a compassionate companion program, library cart, and mail delivery. Some of the non-patient contact area opportunities include involvement in the gift shop and the sewing committee.

In 2012, the Olean General Hospital Auxiliary was recognized by the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) for giving a considerable amount of time and energy to serving Olean General Hospital and the community.

The idea of celebrating volunteer month in April stems from President Nixon’s executive order in 1974, which established one week in April as an annual celebration of volunteering. This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, demonstrating the enduring importance of recognizing our country’s volunteers for their vital contributions.

“They’re just wonderful, cordial people who help out at our hospital without any pay,” said Suzanne Gaughn, Director of Volunteer Services about the hospital’s volunteers. 

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