A Monthly Newsletter of the FMH Auxiliary and Volunteer Program 400 West 7th Street Frederick, MD 21701 Volunteer Office: 240-566-3567 - Website: www.fmh.org
What a wonderful time of the year. The hot and humid days of summer are finally beginning to give way to the cooler, more comfortable and colorful days of fall. That also means that those volunteers who recently returned from their summer vacations have settled back into their respective service areas and the routine of helping patients, visitors and staff in providing the highest level of care and concern possible. All of the FMH Auxiliary should be proud of the outstanding service that we provide to the members of the Frederick community.
3 New Members Kathy Parker Marlene Welch Esther Ziegler ---
Construction at the new James M. Stockman Cancer Institute continues moving forward with the structural steel framework of the building completed and site work activity is ongoing. If you have the opportunity please take a few minutes and visit the Rose Hill location to view the progress first hand. At the same time completion of the relocation of the ambulance entrance should provide a great new look for the main campus and improve overall traffic flow. Also the new dental clinic has opened and will provide a much needed source of dental care for many in the community. The last three months of the year offer a number of fund raising events including the Uniform sale, Gift Shop Bazaar, and Books R Fun sale where you can stock up on items for the holidays. We can always use a helping hand at these events and it’s an opportunity to mingle with hospital staff and other volunteers for just a few hours of your time. Don’t forget to visit the Gift Shop and Select Seconds as they both are stocked with a wide variety of items at affordable prices. (Continued on page 3)
Don’t forget to visit the Gift Shop for Halloween Fun!!
Newsletter Committee 2016 Issue 8 Editor & Co-Chairs: Jan McLoon/Joann Ramsburg Circulation Committee: Joann Ramsburg, Mary Frances Trout, Audrey Hiltbrand, Dorothy Kovatch, Gerry Souders, Jean Kessinger, Beth Callahan, Karen Dotterer
Thomas A. Kleinhanzl
Dear Friends, The crispness of Fall is in the air and I hope you all have a chance to enjoy the color show that nature has in store for us. With so many Fall activities, I encourage you to enjoy some outdoor time with your family and friends. We are so fortunate to live and work in such a beautiful place. I'm sure you've noticed the Healthgrades awards we have displayed throughout the hospital. Over the next few months you'll see more advertising and media follow-up about these quality awards. Many of these rankings put us in the top 10% of hospitals nationwide. This should make all of us feel proud. The quality of our care isn't captured at the bedside alone -- it occurs with every interaction of a patient (and their family members) have with our volunteers and staff from the time they plan their hospitalization, through their stay and after they go home. Thank you for all you do to provide smooth transitions for our patients during their time with us. On September 12th many of our employees, volunteers, donors, physicians and senior leaders had the opportunity to sign the last steel beam that was placed on the James M Stockman Cancer Institute. Progress continues on the construction as we work toward opening the institute in July 2017. Our cancer team recently launched a Second Opinion Clinic, in conjunction with the MD Anderson network. Any patient who has been diagnosed with cancer and has seen a cancer specialist is a potential candidate for this service. Our MD Anderson certified physicians work in conjunction with MD Anderson faculty to review the patient's records and diagnosis and then they provide a second opinion diagnosis, along with a treatment recommendation. This gives residents of Frederick access to a second opinion from the leader in fighting cancer, without leaving home. In other exciting news, we are now certified as a Great Place to Work for 2016. Of the employees who took the survey, 75% said that FRHS is a "great place to work" and 95% said they have “great pride” at FRHS. This means that we are certified as a Great Place To Work for one year, and during that year we will also be submitted to Fortune 100 lists to see if we meet the criteria for any additional recognition. I mention this news to you because our dedicated volunteers play a vital role in making this a great place to work. I hope you feel as proud as I do of this achievement. The senior leadership team and I thank you for your ongoing dedication. Your gifts of time, talent and financial investment are all making a difference in our success and the care we provide to the community. Best regards,
Tom Kleinhanzl President & CEO Frederick Regional Health System
President’s Letter - Continued Preparations are underway for the 27th Annual Tree of Lights Campaign. New co-chairs for this year’s campaign are veteran volunteers Darlene and John Aulls. After almost a decade of leading the campaign Sue and Dick Basford have decided to step aside and concentrate on other volunteer activities. I want to thank them for their dedication and leadership to the Tree of Lights Campaign and am certain that Darlene and John Aulls will continue that great tradition of excellence. Finally don’t forget the Presidential Awards presentations on October 12th. At this special ceremony we recognize both adult and junior volunteers for their hours of service. This year we will recognize six adult volunteers who have volunteered for at least 4,000 hours during their time as volunteers. Hope to see many of you at this special recognition event as this is yet another example of what makes this the best hospital auxiliary in Maryland.
Have you had your flu vaccine yet? Dates and times the vaccine will be available will be posted in the volunteer office and at Select Seconds. If you work at an offsite facility, please check with the staff there for dates/times the vaccine will be offered at that location. If you had your vaccine at your pharmacy, doctor’s office, etc. please bring us proof. Please note this is for ACTIVELY working volunteers and does not apply to Auxiliary members who are not currently volunteering with us. By the time you read this, the construction project should be almost complete! The new ambulance bays and the remainder of the “red zone” of the Emergency Department are scheduled to open on September 29th. I cannot thank all of you enough for your help getting our patients and visitors to their destinations, especially during this construction. You truly made (and continue to make) a difference for each person that you assist. The compassion, kindness, and caring you show each day impacts everyone with whom you have contact. The Joint Commission is coming to survey our hospital anytime in the next 18 months – Are you ready?? Please take the time to review your service notebook, orientation handbook, position description, and policies and procedures for your area. Know what to do during the different Code situations. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask the others with whom you work or the office staff. Does your service area need some additional volunteers? Want to help with this? You are the best recruiters we have. The #1 reason people give for becoming a volunteer is very simple – someone asked them to help. Keep this in mind as you go through your daily life, talk about your volunteer work, and invite others to “Join Us”. Thanks for all you do - Always!!
Joe Collins SPECIAL GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Reminder - On October 18, 2016 at 9:30am there will be a Special General Membership meeting of the Auxiliary. The meeting will be held in the Auxiliary Board Room and is open to all Auxiliary members in good standing. The Proposed Amendment: Change ARTICLE VII, SECTION 10 – Duties of Officers The Executive Committee will appoint a Deputy Financial Secretary with the approval of the Auxiliary Board of Directors to perform and assist with the duties of the Financial Secretary as necessary.
We have had an explosion of fall items in the shop! Everywhere you look, something is celebrating this beautiful season. We have table runners and cloths for both fall and Halloween. Turkeys, pumpkins, scarecrows are on the shelves and would love to go home with you! Ghosts and witches are ready to celebrate the Halloween holiday. We even have fairy garden supplies to create mini scenes. Trick or Treaters can be well supplied for the big night! We have lots of things that light up. Pumpkin buckets that have 3 different light patterns are for sale. We even have mouth pieces that flash and sparkle - how cool is that for an accessory to a costume! We even have lights for the little ones fingers. You will be able to see the "little monsters and goblins" no matter how dark it is. A new product line is McCutcheon's jellies, butters, pickled beets and baking mixes. We are very happy to support a local business. Unfortunately, Peggy Richman has resigned as co-chair of the Gift Shop. We hope to have a new cochair by the next newsletter. Thank you to Peggy for all of her efforts during her tenure. We wish her well as she brings her talents to Select Seconds.
Do you enjoy teaching, representing our hospital and meeting new volunteers? If yes, we could use some instructors to help fill in as substitutes with our Orientation Classes for new volunteers, or perhaps add another orientation to our monthly schedule. The orientation typically lasts 2 hours with part teaching and part touring of the hospital. As a volunteer, you would be coming in perhaps 1 time per month. Please let us know in the Volunteer Office if you think this might be something you would be interested in. 4
Volunteer Award Hours
100 HOURS Maggie Woytowitz Ronald Raineri Christopher Warren-Smith
1,000 HOURS Dela Haislip
Candace Flowers Simon Nkongho Nancy Zeim
R & A Committee
A lunch bunch luncheon was held October 5, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. for volunteers at Manalu Italian Restaurant located at 5227 President’s Way, Frederick 21703. We hope you had a nice time and met some new volunteers.
Pat Smith & Elsie Warnock
The sewing volunteers have been busy making neck and surgical pillows and walker bags. The fibre-fill is purchased; however, we rely on donations of material for the pillows and walker bags. Cotton and cotton blend materials are always needed for the pillows. We are in very short supply of sturdy material and the walker bags. The material needs to be sturdy enough not to sag such as canvas, duck or denim Your donation of materials left over from any sewing projects would be greatly appreciated. Simply drop it off at the volunteer office.
Employee and Volunteer Sales Event Calling all crafters and those who work selling items such as Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, etc. t
The Auxiliary is hosting a sales event on Wednesday, December 7th from 10am – 2pm in the FMH Cafeteria. The Auxiliary will provide table space; each seller will give 10% of the proceeds from the day’s sale to the Auxiliary. Please email Sharon Hannaby ([email protected]
) if you are interested in participating.
Select Seconds Notes
We are off to a great start with our fall merchandise and have a wonderful selection of gowns for Homecoming with great accessories and as always, a great selection of jewelry. We continue to get great donations and an amazing amount of vintage items. Besides clothing, we have garden items, decorating items and many kitchen items as well as books. We had lots of fun with our Elvis window and even had people in line for the store to open when the items went on sale. Our current window is Black and White with an amazing variety of items and they will go on sale Sept. 27th. After that, we will have our Fur and Leather window and that will go on sale Oct 18th. We will then have our Pink window to support Breast Cancer Awareness.
Volunteer hours worked for the month of August 2016 were: 66 Juniors worked 584.50 hours 43 College students worked 455.00 hours 321 Seniors worked 5,660.50 hours Total hours worked in August were 6.700.00.
Select Seconds - Betty Kreh The Select Seconds profit for July was $9,266.03.
Books Are Fun Profit for the August 30-September 1, 2016 Books are Fun event was $1,553.67. ---
Get Out, Take a Ride, and Enjoy Maryland
Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage Paid Frederick, MD. 21701 Permit No. 6
Frederick Memorial Hospital Auxiliary 400 West Seventh Street Frederick, MD 21701
CURRENT RESIDENT OR:
Uniform Sale Gift Shop Bazaar Tree of Lights Vendor & Volunteer Sale FMH Holiday Party Books are Fun Fudgie Wudgie
Oct. 11 & 12 Nov. 16 & 17 Dec. 6 Dec. 7 Dec.14 Dec. 19, 20 & 21 Dec. 19, 20 & 21