Adult, teen vols having huge impact on hospital costs

Volunteers at Chandler Regional Medical Center
and its sister hospital Mercy Gilbert racked up nearly
10,000 hours of service last year, a contribution
hospital officials say would be equal to more than
$1.7 million if calculated in paid hours.
Both Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert
are members of the Dignity Health consortium of
Nearly 500 adult and 187 teens participate in
the hospitals’ volunteer program.
“It never ceases to amaze me the skills and life
experiences our volunteers bring to Dignity Health,”
said Barb Farmer, program manager of the Volunteer
Services Department.
“We partner people to create service areas that
align with their passion, and it makes for a dynamic
“By doing so, we enhance the patient experience,
provide support for our staff, give people meaning
and purpose in their lives, and create community
partners and hospital advocates.”
In addition, Chandler 395 new recruits attended
volunteer orientation; “Paws for Patients” volunteers
and their pets visited 31,698 guests; courtesy cart
drivers provided 52,146 rides through the parking
lot; Eucharistic ministers visited 14,676 patients;
$46,000 in scholarships was given to students
pursuing a career in health care; and $95,426 in
equipment and supplies were purchased from gift
shop proceeds.


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