South Lake Tahoe, CA…During Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 7 – 13, we celebrate those who give their time and energy to improve the lives of others. The benefits of volunteering go beyond lending a helping hand. Studies show volunteers have significant health benefits such as lower blood pressure, decreased likelihood of depression, and an increased sense of purpose and life satisfaction.
Volunteers are the bedrock of Barton Health. More than 55 years ago, our hospital was founded by volunteers, and the spirt of helping to support our community’s health thrives within our organization to this day.
Barton Auxiliary volunteers ensure patients and visitors feel welcomed and families embraced while their loved ones are seeking care. Since 1955, our Auxiliary has raised over $7.5 million supporting the health and well-being of our community. This group donated an impressive 9,400 hours of service to our system in 2018 alone.
Each year, volunteers at the Barton Foundation brighten the lives of others through special events, raising money for community health programs. Barton’s expanded Behavioral Health services and Cancer Support Services are possible in part due to the hard work of this group.
Barton employees and medical staff make an impact in our community through volunteering as well; from serving dinner to those in need to giving their time to educate local students on the impacts of drugs and alcohol.
I am proud to be a part of a team who gives their time so generously to make a difference – not just during National Volunteer Appreciation Week, but throughout the year. Thank you for your efforts and continued commitment to our patients and our community.
Clint Purvance, MD, CPE
President & CEO, Barton Health