Health Care Volunteers “Light the World”
More than 34,000 auxilians and volunteers “light” Iowa hospitals every day of every year. Although they can’t be in their hospitals during the pandemic, that hasn’t stopped volunteers from helping their hospitals and the communities they serve. They have stepped up and have made hundreds of masks and “fidgit” blankets for patients, made care packages for employees and, most importantly, have sent messages and videos of encouragement to hospitals’ front-line employees who may need extra support to get through this difficult time.
Grundy County Memorial Hospital Community Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator and IHA Iowa Hospital Auxiliary/Volunteer President Erin Schildroth expressed her gratitude: “Hospitals miss the support of volunteers in their daily work with patients and families. For every piece of therapy equipment cleaned, for every bag of popcorn delivered to a busy nurse, for every smile shared with a visitor … we are very grateful.”
Across Iowa, hospital volunteer coordinators and employees miss the helpful and compassionate presence of volunteers in their hospital hallways.
“None of us could have predicted how much life would change and how quickly,” said Kathy Moe, Iowa Hospital UnityPoint Health-Trinity Regional Medical Center volunteer coordinator. “Although we can’t thank them in person, volunteers are loved, appreciated and needed.”
The following information is for hospital auxilians and volunteers. IHA appreciates everything auxilians and volunteers do to help Iowa hospitals. Contact Pam Gridley at IHA (515-288-1955) for help with auxilian/volunteer issues.
2019 Iowa Hospital Auxilians/Volunteers Annual Survey
The 2019 annual survey is combined with the American Hospital Association's annual survey. The auxiliary/volunteer portion include three questions:
- How many auxiliary members and volunteers (adults and teens) were there in 2019?
- How many hours of service did the auxilians and volunteers give to the hospital in 2019?
- What were the total funds contributed to the hospital by the auxiliary and volunteer department in 2019?
To make positive changes to health care policies in Iowa, IHA relies on the support of hospital advocates to be the voices of Iowa hospitals at the State Capitol. With the ever-evolving issues and challenges that hospitals face, communicating a shared vision of health care in Iowa is crucial. Together our voices can be heard.
Hospital Day on the Hill
The February 24, 2021 virtual ‘IHA Hospital Day on the Hill’ included messages from Governor Kim Reynolds, AHA Executive Vice President Tom Nickels, IHA President/CEO Kirk Norris and 2021 legislative session priorities from Legislators.
2020 Educational Opportunities
2021 Educational Opportunities
Register HERE for the complimentary May 18, 2021 Iowa Hospital Auxilians and Volunteers (IHAV) S.W.I.P.E. Series - Steal with Integrity and Pride from Everywhere. Why reinvent the wheel when you can S.W.I.P.E. best practice ideas? Join Iowa hospital auxilian and volunteer colleagues in this virtual roundtable to continue the discussions from the first IHAV webinar series. It is your turn to share ideas and best practices that have gained success during the pandemic. Bring ideas to this interactive virtual session as we dive deeper into recognition/appreciation (May 18), gift shops and fundraising (July 8), resiliency (Sept 15), and recruitment (Dec 2). The Iowa Hospital Auxilians and Volunteers (IHAV) Business meeting will be Sept 15 with the resiliency session. The event will be facilitated by IHAV Board president Kathy Moe, Manager, Volunteer & Guest Services, UnityPoint Health-Trinity Regional Medical Center, Fort Dodge.
Please mark your calendars for the Iowa Hospital Association Annual Meeting on October 5-7, 2021.
2021 Recognition and Sharing Opportunities
- National Volunteer Week, April 18-24
- National Hospital Week, May 9-15
- Volunteer Manager's Day, Nov. 5