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
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
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