Since their origination in 1958, even before Valley Memorial Hospital opened, the ValleyCare Auxiliary has given 1,6 million hours of volunteer time and has been responsible for raising more than $6 million to expand facilities, programs and services.
In addition, according to a report issued today by Denise Bouillerce, the marketing and public relations representative for ValleyCare Health System, the Auxiliary has also provided 192 scholarships to local high school students who were entering college with plans for a medical career.
ValleyCare CEO Scott Gregerson said ValleyCare has been providing not-for-profit, high quality medical care in the Tri-Valley for more than 53 years.
"The ValleyCare Auxiliary has been there every step of the way making a difference for patients, families, visitors and staff," he said.
"Simply put, our volunteers are an invaluable resource," Gregerson added. "The level of service we are able to provide is enhanced through their efforts and we are very grateful for their support."
The ValleyCare Auxiliary is involved in a variety of activities throughout the health system, including: escorting wheelchair patients, delivering flowers, staffing the Gift Shop and Thrift Shop, directing visitors at the hospital's information desks, working in the outpatient surgery center and helping staff members in different departments throughout the hospital, Bouillerce's report stated.
"You will also find them assisting patrons at the ValleyCare Health Library, or visiting with a patient in our Cancer Center," she added.
Still, more adult volunteers are needed in the Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin facilities with many positions available. Training is provided and hours and days of service are flexible.
Those interested in becoming part of the ValleyCare Auxiliary should sign on to the group's Website at www.valleycare.com/auxiliary, or call (925) 734-3368 for more information.