Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center The Benefits of Volunteering

Emporia, VA – Compassionate, generous, giving; these words reflect what it means to be a volunteer, and in the health care system, volunteers are an invaluable part of the team. Such is the case with Jean Newsome who has dedicated the last 36 years to volunteering. Like others, she helps support the hospital’s mission to provide exceptional patient care. Ms. Newsome is passionate and loves interacting with people. Whether it is performing clerical duties, escorting patients, delivering flowers, or ensuring the comfort of patients by providing a warm blanket, pillow or water, Ms. Newsome makes a difference in the lives around her. Her joy and love for people exemplifies the true meaning of what a volunteer is. Senior Circle Advisor and Volunteer Coordinator Tracy Mitchell at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) shared, “Ms. Newsome has been a volunteer in our Auxiliary department since 1983 and is still going strong! She runs errands for anyone who needs it and delivers the complimentary local newspaper to patients and visitors in the waiting areas. Recently she was in my office looking for pencils for a patient to complete her crossword puzzles. She is a true advocate for our patients and our hospital.”

Being a volunteer can transform a life from the connections volunteers create with people to the joy of giving back to the community. The rewards speak for themselves. Ms. Newsome joyfully shared, “I have truly enjoyed my work over the last 36 years and those with whom I have had the pleasure of working. Helping not only patients but employees is a blessing. We have a good group of people and a good organization.”

To become a volunteer, visit SVRMC.com and click on About: Volunteer Opportunities to download a volunteer application. Contact the volunteer coordinator with any questions at (434) 348-4455.

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