Insights Newsletter
What's in this Issue?
AHA Honors Top Volunteer Programs
2014 HAVE Winners
AHA Encourages Volunteer Services to Align With Health Care Transformation
All Are Invited to AHVRP Annual Conference
AHA Volunteer Committee Provides Valuable Input

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Save the date!
2015 SAL Meeting and HAVE Breakfast
State Auxiliary Leaders Meeting: May 2-4, 2015
HAVE Breakfast: May 4, 2015
Washington Hilton
Washington, DC
In conjunction with the AHA Annual Membership Meeting
 
All states are encouraged to send representatives to the State Auxiliary Leaders Meeting and learn how volunteers can support hospitals as they “Redefine the ‘H.’”

Do We Have Your Current Information?
Please send updates to the State Auxiliary Leaders Roster to Meg Leahy, mleahy@aha.org

Looking for a Conference Speaker?
Check out the additions to list of speakers who might be appropriate for your next volunteer meeting. To add someone to the list, contact Joan Miller at jmiller@aha.org.
Summer 2014

AHA Honors Top Volunteer Programs
An overview of the winning programs outlines the breadth and depth of robust volunteer programs.
 
The American Hospital Association (AHA) honored four hospital volunteer programs with its 2014 Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE). The AHA HAVE Awards Program is in its 31st year and highlights the extraordinary efforts of volunteers and volunteer programs and the positive impact their contributions have on the patients, hospitals, health systems and communities they serve.
 
Online applications for the 2015 HAVE Awards open July 28 and are due September 26. For details or to receive notification when awards open, contact Joan Miller, AHA Director of Member Relations, at jmiller@aha.org.
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2014 HAVE Winners
It's all smiles at the ceremony for the 2014 winners of the AHA Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence. From left, AHA Chair-Elect Jonathan Perlin, MD, PhD; Lisa Hildorf, Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, MI; Carole Starr, New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland, Portland, ME; BJ Johanssen, Northwest Medical Center Bentonville, Bentonville, AR; Laura Bergeron, Mercy Health System, Janesville, WI; and Bill Newbold, Chair of the AHA Committee on Volunteers.
 
2014 HAVE Winners
 
Community Service Program
Mercy Hospital Pet Peace of Mind for Hospice Patients
Mercy Health System, Janesville, WI
 
In-Service Hospital Volunteer Program
Brain Injury Voices
New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland, Portland, ME
 
Fund-Raising Program
Women Working Wonders
Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, MI
 
Community Outreach and/or Collaboration Program
Operation Sock-It-To-Me
Northwest Medical Center Bentonville, Bentonville, AR
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AHA Encourages Volunteer Services to Align With Health Care Transformation
 
As hospitals across the country are transforming themselves in light of health reform, the definition of the well-known “H” brand is changing, as well. There was much discussion at the recent AHA meeting for State Auxiliary Leaders about “Redefining the H,” and, by extension, “Redefining the V,” for volunteers.
 
Hospitals are experiencing:
  • Less inpatient care
  • More focus on wellness and prevention
  • More services being provided in the community
 
Volunteer leaders are encouraged to align their service areas with the changing needs of hospitals. This may involve phasing out long-standing services, as well as starting new ones. Start by meeting with your hospital’s administrative leaders to ensure volunteer services is on track to support future needs of your organization and community.
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All Are Invited to AHVRP Annual Conference
Volunteers, auxilians, retail managers and directors of volunteer services are invited to attend the AHVRP Annual Conference and Exposition August 19-22 in the Washington, DC, area. This AHA-affiliated event is the only national conference devoted to health care volunteer services, and features educational sessions and networking opportunities for all.
 
Volunteers and auxilians are granted a discounted registration rate, regardless of when they register. If registering online, use code 321AMAUX to receive the discount.
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AHA Volunteer Committee Provides Valuable Input
The AHA Committee on Volunteers (COV) is off to a running start this year, providing valuable feedback to the American Hospital Association on a variety of key issues affecting health care, including:
  • Challenges for hospitals in redefining the “H”
  • Hospital price transparency
  • Health care quality measures
The COV comprises volunteers, auxilians and directors of volunteers from hospitals across the country. The committee is also involved selecting the Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence winners and supporting the AHA State Auxiliary Leaders network.
 
This year’s chair is Bill Newbold from Northridge Hospital Medical Center in California.
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