AHA Honors Nineteen Hospital Volunteer-Driven Programs

WASHINGTON (October 8, 2018) – The American Hospital Association (AHA) honored 19 hospital volunteer programs with its Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE). The AHA HAVE Awards Program is in its 35th year and highlights the extraordinary efforts of volunteers and volunteer programs, as well as the value and positive impact their contributions have on the patients, hospitals, health systems, staff and communities they serve.


The recipients fall into four categories: community service programs, community outreach and/or collaboration programs, fundraising programs, and in-service hospital volunteer programs. Recipients of this year’s prestigious awards hail from Iowa, Ohio, New Jersey and Wisconsin. Representatives from these programs received their awards at the 35th Annual HAVE Awards Breakfast on Sunday, Sept. 30, during the 50th annual Association for Health Care Volunteer Resource Professionals (AHVRP) conference in Chicago. An additional 15 hospitals were recognized as 2018 HAVE finalists.


For more information on the 2018 HAVE awards, please contact Ursula Pawlowski at upawlowski@aha.org.


The 2018 HAVE recipients and finalists are:


Community Service


  • Family Caregivers of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa


  • Integris Grove Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary-Souper Bowl Saturday, Integris Grove Hospital, Integris Health, Oklahoma City
  • Moore County: They Immunize Kids Early (MCTIKE), First Health of the Carolina, Inc., Pinehurst, N.C.
  • Morris Hospital Patient Transportation Program, Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers, Morris, Ill.
  • Munroe Auxiliary Healthy Home, Munroe Regional Medical Center, Ocala, Fla.


Community Outreach/Collaboration



  • HSHS St. Joseph Community Garden, HSHS St. Joseph Hospital, Chippewa, Wis.


  • Flu Clinic Volunteer Program, Enloe Medical Center, Chico, Calif.
  • Grand River Meals on Wheels, Grand River Health, Rifle, Colo.
  • The H.O.P.E Program/Having an Opportunity to Prepare for Employment, Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Conn.
  • Winchester Medical Center Hurst Hospitality House, Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.





  • Tackle Kids Cancer, Hackensack Meridian Health, Hackensack, N.J.


  • Art in the Barn, Advocate Good Shepard Hospital, Barrington, Ill.
  • Glitz Gala Jewelry Auction, Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, Hannibal, Mo.
  • UnityPoint Health Des Moines, Iowa Lutheran Hospital Auxiliary Not New Shop, UnityPoint Health Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Volunteer Memorial Day Program, Peconic Bay Medical Center, Northwest Health, Riverhead, N.Y.





  • Trauma Survivors Network, The MetroHealth System, Brooklyn Heights, Ohio


  • Art Therapy Program, The Medical Center, Navicent Health, Macon, Ga.  
  • OR Suite Volunteer, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Reiki for Staff Volunteer Program, The Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, N.J.





Marie Johnson, 202-626-2351, mjohnson@aha.org
Colin Milligan, 202-638-5491, cmilligan@aha.org




About the American Hospital Association

The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA website at www.aha.org.


About the Association for Health Care Volunteer Resource Professionals

Founded in 1968, the Association for Health Care Volunteer Resource Professionals (AHVRP), a professional membership group of the American Hospital Association (AHA), is the premier membership society for health care volunteer services, retail operations and related support services disciplines. AHVRP provides timely and critical support through thought leadership, learning and knowledge sharing, professional development, certification, recognition for personal and professional achievements, networking, collaboration and advocacy resources for leaders in health care volunteer management as well as auxiliary leaders, volunteers, students, faculty and retirees who are interested in issues relate to healthcare volunteer resources, retail operations and advocacy.





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