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Grand Itasca Volunteer Services Release 2013 Annual Report

2/17/2013

Grand Rapids – Grand Itasca Volunteer Services (GIVS) recently released their annual report for 2013, detailing the broad ancillary benefits the over 100 volunteers contribute to Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital.

 

Grand Rapids MN – Grand Itasca Volunteer Services (GIVS) recently released their annual report for 2013, detailing the broad ancillary benefits the over 100 volunteers contribute to Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital.

“Our mission that advances and supports the well-being of Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospitals is important to our members,” says Alice Pletcher, current GIVS President. “We have just over 100 volunteers that work throughout the year to provide dedicated volunteer service to patients, visitors and staff. They also generate funds from sales in the gift shop and coffee bar that provide scholarships for area students and extra departmental projects at Grand Itasca”.

The 2013 Annual Report outlines the key contributions that Grand Itasca Volunteer Services made to Grand Itasca and area students in 2013. These include:

Infant Security System in the Women’s Health and Birth Center $ 10,237.42
Fetal Monitors for Birthing Suites $ 23,157.28
Holiday Stockings for Babies Born in December $         47.64
Historical Wall Art for Rapid Clinic Lobby $       612.00
Pediatric Toys for all New Patient Rooms in Rapid Clinic $    1,493.73
Campus Landscaping at Grand Itasca $    1,026.51
Celebrate Daffodil Days that Supports American Cancer Society $       300.00
Foundation Golf Tournament Sponsor for High School Scholarships $       100.00
$  36,974.58

GIVS awards 5 area college students with $1500 scholarships to assist with their course work in a health care curriculum.

In addition to the financial grants that directly support patient care at Grand Itasca and scholarships for area students, GIVS volunteers provided 10,840 hours of service to Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital.

“Our organization plays an important role for our community’s health care facility. Grand Itasca’s patients and staff need us every day,” said Pletcher. “We are always looking for new volunteers to join our organization too, so please contact Grand Itasca any time if you are willing to volunteer with us at the hospital.”

Grand Itasca Volunteer Services is a non-profit corporation, which has supported Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital since it’s inception as the Itasca Memorial Auxiliary in 1956. The GIVS scholarship program began in 1969 and has contributed nearly $200,000 in scholarship funding to area students pursuing an education in a health care related field. Governed by a volunteer board, Grand Itasca Volunteer Services’ mission is to advance and support the well-being of the Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital community. To learn more about Grand Itasca Volunteer Services contact Colleen Swanson, Volunteer Coordinator at 218-999-1454 or colleen.swanson@granditasca.org.

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