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By Holly Ford Volunteer at UVA and pay forward the support and assistance you received d enny volunteers because UVA saved his life. Twice. In a hospital environment, the caring hands of physicians, nurses and staff are accompanied by those of many dedicated volunteers like Denny. At the University of Virginia Health System, the number of volunteers tops 1,600. “Many of our volunteers were patients at UVA or had family or friends who were patients here,” notes Maureen Oswald, volunteer coordinator with UVA Volunteer Services. Care ompassionate Current needs include drivers for the UVA Medical Center’s courtesy shuttle (a golf cart that transports limited-mobility patients and guests) as well as bedside volunteers for patients in the UVA Transitional Care Hospital (TCH). “TCH patients remain in the hospital an average of 25 days,” Oswald says. “This allows volunteers to have longterm interaction with patients and their families, which is different from the main hospital, where patient encounters are usually more brief.” Volunteer opportunities are also available at the UVA Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center and Hospitality Houses. After going through the application process and an orientation—and with a UVA Health System ID badge in hand—a volunteer may begin visiting, comforting and assisting patients, continuing a cycle of caring or starting one anew. Be Part of a CyCle of SkillS Matched with a need At UVA, the opportunities for those who want to give back, or just fulfill a desire to help others, are plentiful and personalized. “The question we hear most often is, ‘How can I best help?’ ” Oswald says. “One thing I love about our volunteer program is that there are so many ways to be involved. We meet with each volunteer to talk about his or her interests, talents, background and capabilities and compare these with the needs of the hospital to find the right fit.” Online chOOSe FrOM 70-PluS JOBS It may be a once-a-month position visiting with elderly patients at the bedside; occasional participation in a special event; or a weekly post helping visitors and guests find their way. There are more than 70 jobs from which volunteers may choose. Want to Give Back? Find out how you can become a UVA Health System volunteer or show your appreciation in other ways. Just call 888-882-9892 or visit 8 Vim & Vigor • S Um m er 2 012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vim & Vigor - Summer 2012 - University of Virginia

Vim & Vigor - Summer 2012 - University of Virginia
Life in Balance
Healthy Dose
Vein Attraction
A Clear Focus on Fibroids
Compassionate Care
The Breakfast Club
Arthritis Answers
A TV Guide to Radiology
Take Aim
It Might NOT Be Cancer
Colin Firth
Step Up to the Plate
Life After Cancer
Get Dad to the Doc
Virtual Health
In Her Element
A Virginia Man Climbs Above Heart Attack and Heart Failure
Too Young for a Stroke? Think Again

Vim & Vigor - Summer 2012 - University of Virginia