Bristol Regional Volunteers Enhance Hospital Experience With $80,000 Donation

BRISTOL – Bristol Regional Medical Center’s volunteer auxiliary recently bolstered the hospital’s delivery of patient-centered care with a donation of $80,000.

“The volunteers work hard all year to raise money for the hospital by hosting several fundraisers every month, as well as running the hospital’s gift shop,” said Becky Blevins, volunteer services manager. “Their sense of pride in our hospital ensures our patients and their loved ones continue to receive high-quality care.”

This donation will enhance Bristol Regional’s Healing Environment philosophy, which encompasses a number of projects developed by co-workers to improve the experience for patients, their families and staff members while they are in the hospital.

Every year, the auxiliary makes financial donations that have helped Bristol Regional deliver superior health care with compassion. In previous years, the hospital has used the substantial funds from the auxiliary to purchase vein finders and upgrade its short stay surgery area.

Auxiliary members play several important roles in addition to fundraisers and running the gift shop. They are the smiling faces who greet people entering Bristol Regional and give patients and guests a ride to their vehicle. By generously giving their time and energy to help the hospital in multiple other ways, these members leave a lasting impression on all those they serve.

“The volunteers are a respected part of the Bristol Regional team and play a major role in the hospital's day-to-day operations,” said Greg Neal, Bristol Regional’s president. “I’m humbled by their tireless dedication to helping our hospital provide the best possible experience for our patients. They bring great comfort and happiness to patients, their families and all our co-workers.”

One example is Charlie Castle, who has volunteered more than 16,000 hours at Bristol Regional since 1994. In 2012, the Tennessee Hospital Association recognized Castle’s outstanding commitment to the hospital with a Meritorious Service Award. At the time, he had volunteered 12,000 hours, but he was not content to stop.

Although Castle has volunteered the most hours among auxiliary members, he is not alone in his efforts to help. It is common for Bristol Regional to have volunteers who have worked more than 10,000 hours. In 2013, 409 volunteers donated more than 43,110 hours of service to the hospital.

“Our volunteers help keep the hospital running smoothly and show such warmth to everyone they see in our hospital,” Blevins said. “It’s rewarding to work with people who are so passionate about our patients and make a difference in the community. They are a perfect complement to the tremendous staff members we have throughout Bristol Regional.”

Volunteers of all ages are welcome to join the hospital’s auxiliary. To learn more about opportunities at Bristol Regional, please contact the volunteer services department at 423-844-2831.