Celebrating Our Volunteers
While our doctors, nurses and other health care professionals work hard to provide the best in pediatric health care to this region, East Tennessee Children's Hospital's volunteers devote numerous hours of their free time to help the hospital run smoothly. These men and women work directly with patients, manage projects and fundraisers and enrich the Children's Hospital community with their positive contributions. Their hard work in places like our gift shop, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and information desk saved the hospital more than $1.3 million in the 2013 fiscal year, a cost that is equal to providing more than 6,300 chest X-rays.
This April, we are celebrating the hard work of our volunteers as part of National Volunteer Month. The volunteers contributed 52,784 hours in fiscal year 2013, created countless arts and crafts with patients and provided comfort to families in the surgery waiting lounge. We applaud the volunteers' work outside of the hospital walls, too. With their steadfast assistance, Children's Hospital has raised more than $6.3 million in the 29 year history of the Fantasy of Trees annual event.
There is no typical Children's Hospital volunteer. They come from different backgrounds, ages and professions. Despite their diversity, these generous men and women are united in working to provide the very best in pediatric health care to the sick and injured children of our region.