We salute our volunteers!

4/15/2014

​PeaceHealth Oregon West Network extends a heartfelt thank-you to our 1,200-plus volunteers, who between them do the work of an estimated 58 full-time employees each year. That's nearly 120,000 hours, and it translates to the equivalent of more than $2.6 million.

Our volunteers range in age from 15 years old to 93 years old, and our longest-term active volunteer has been working with us for 44.5 years. That’s dedication.

Carolyn Berlier, recently honored as a United Way Volunteer of the Month, has been a volunteer at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend since 2011, It started as an outlet for a longtime quilting habit that took on a life of its own in retirement. A friend who works at Sacred Heart told her about the Continuation Quilts program, which delivers volunteers' hand-stitched quilts to dying patients and their families. For several years now, Carolyn has been cutting the backing and purchasing materials for the quilts, as well as sewing and donating two-dozen of her own creations. But over the last couple of years, the former banking executive's volunteer duties have expanded. She now works two full days a week at the reception desk in Volunteer Services. She loves her colleagues, her fellow volunteers ("They're all here because they want to be here") and the dynamic environment of the hospital. "I have found absolutely the most perfect outlet," said Carolyn, who retired and moved from California to Eugene with her husband in 1995. "I would work every day of the week here if I could. It kind of allows you to keep fresh, to keep from growing dormant, as a senior."

Volunteers are a vital part of the PeaceHealth family. We couldn't do the work we do without them. These dedicated people donate their time and talents while giving comfort and compassion to our patients, helping us fulfill our healing mission. For that, we say, “Thank you.”