What’s the worth of volunteers? At Johnston Health, it’s significant.
During a recent luncheon, Chief Executive Chuck Elliott equated the value of their service to the health care system’s bottom line. “We couldn’t do what we do without you,” he said. “You’re making our environment better for patients.”
Specifically, the 240 or so volunteers logged 40,519 hours during 2014. Using the value of volunteers – $21.47 an hour according to the Independent Sector – the time donated by Johnston Health volunteers last year was worth $934,784.86. The Independent Sector is a coalition of nonprofits, foundations and corporate giving programs.
Bobby Parker, chairman of the Johnston Health board of directors, thanked the volunteers for their generosity. “I appreciate everything that you do,” he said. “With the shrinking reimbursements brought about by the changes in health care, your volunteerism is more important than ever.”
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The luncheon, held at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, served up a buffet of ham, fried chicken and the fixings. But the highlight was the distribution of certificates and pins recognizing the hours contributed by every volunteer.
The Rev. Greg McClain, director of spiritual care and volunteer services for Johnston Health, presented the Overa S. Stevens Award to Frank Rawls, who has been a volunteer chaplain since 2005. He is an associate pastor at Good Samaritan Missionary Baptist Church in Garner. Stevens was the pastor who helped start the volunteer chaplaincy program 40 years ago.
Wanda Johnson, volunteer coordinator for hospice, recognized George Stafford and Cecilia Hicks, both of Smithfield, for their years of services. They began volunteering with hospice in 2003.