Auxiliary Donation Of $86,000 Helps Bristol Regional Enhance Short Stay Surgery Patient Care Area

Volunteers at Bristol Regional Medical Center recognize that surgery can be an emotional event for a patient, so they are focused on providing a comfortable and appealing setting to make that day more relaxing.

Enhancing its healing environment, Bristol Regional recently upgraded its short stay surgery area. This investment became possible through an $86,000 donation from the hospital’s auxiliary.

New additions include privacy walls, new curtains, paint, artwork, flat screen televisions, guest chairs, cabinets and bedside tables.

"We are truly fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers at Bristol Regional, who are creating a positive experience for patients," said Rebecca Duncan-Beck, the hospital’s director of surgical services. "They assist our patients and co-workers tremendously and do a great job of making our hospital better for us all. We greatly appreciate not only their monetary contribution but also their time and talent."

A portion of the money volunteers collect is donated monthly to the patient and employee emergency assistance funds, Wellmont Hospice House and the McGlothlin-Street Hospitality House.

Becky Blevins, volunteer services manager, said the auxiliary raised the $86,000 by hosting various fundraisers and selling items in the gift shop. A total of 327 volunteers donated their time last year through the Bristol Regional auxiliary, amounting to 39,737 hours in volunteer service.

The Bristol Regional auxiliary contributes more than money. In addition to running the gift shop, volunteers escort patients within the hospital and operate a free trolley system in the parking lot for hospital co-workers, patients and visitors.

“The auxiliary’s dedication to Bristol Regional is essential to our operation,” said Bart Hove, the hospital’s president. “Every year, their efforts to help the hospital are impressive, providing valuable equipment and meeting our facility needs. Their spirit and sense of pride in our hospital comfort our patients and their loved ones and ensure they continue to receive high-quality care.”