By Katherine Parker
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — This year has been big for the Norman Regional Hospital Auxiliary, and their president, Dot Adkins, calls it their “wow” year.
So far this year, the group has given about $700,000 to the Norman Regional Health System.
“We been very lucky to get the time of volunteers from the Moore Medical Center since it was lost. That’s why I call this our ‘wow’ year. We have been able to do so much more, and there has been growth in every area,” Adkins said.
The auxiliary’s mission is to strengthen, improve, promote and support the hospital by providing the highest quality of service to the hospital, patients, community and one another. Volunteers are there to ease patients’ fears, provide smiles and remove obstacles.
Adkins said at their core, auxiliary volunteers are “cheerleaders” for good health.
“Volunteers don’t have time — they make time to help others,” she said.
With as much as the group has accomplished this year, volunteers are still needed. Volunteers can spend their time in 19 areas between the HealthPlex and Norman Regional Hospital on Porter Avenue.
These areas include the information desk, surgery waiting, gift shops, pastoral care, hospitality house, scrub shop, inpatient and emergency departments, cardiac rehab, cancer resource center, office work, ambulatory care, distribution/transportation, health club, diagnostic imaging, wound center and projects team.
“There are so many choices, nearly any one can find something they want to do,” said Jan Fendley, auxiliary treasurer and volunteer for 10 years.
Through numerous projects, the auxiliary has helped the hospital through grant requests and large construction projects. In June, the group donated $4,000 to Winston Medical Center in Louisville, Miss., following a tornado that destroyed the medical center.
One of the projects Adkins is most proud of is a neoBLUE LED phototherapy system that treats babies suffering from jaundice. The Norman Regional Hospital Auxiliary recently donated two neoBLUE LED blankets through grant requests to the Norman Birth Center. This system allows a mother to remove her baby from underneath the rolling stand and hold her child while they are wrapped in a neoBLUE blanket.
Other major projects include valet services at both hospitals; a complete overhaul and paint of the “Home Run Van,” which transports patients; a rehabilitation center on Porter campus that is set to open this fall; and new uniforms for volunteers.
The new uniforms were implemented in February and are a navy blue blazer-style top with white or khaki slacks.
“It isn’t how much time we give but how much love we put into our volunteer time,” Adkins said.
The Norman Regional Hospital Auxiliary generates revenue from seven facilities including two gift shops, one on each campus. The gift shops are recently remodeled and sell baby gifts, OU and OSU swag, clothing, jewelry and more.
The volunteer group operates two coffee shops, the Daily Grind, on each campus. Additionally, located on the Porter campus, the Scrub Shop sells scrubs to Norman Regional Health System employees and the community and recently added men’s Under Armour to its inventory.
Nu-N-Nuff, on the Porter campus, accepts gently used household goods and clothing and resells them to patients, their families and community members. The layout of the shop is similar to a Goodwill, with items organized by type.
Shoppers can buy items like T-shirts for 50 cents, ladies’ jeans for $2.50 and boys’ and girls’ clothing for $1. Store Hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Friday and Saturday. The store is closed on Sundays.
The Norman Regional Hospital Auxiliary opened the Doris Luttrell Hospitality House in 2002. Also, on the Porter campus, this facility provides low-rent housing for families who live outside of the Norman area and who have patients in the hospital.
Recently refurbished, the hospitality house has eight rooms each with two double beds. Rates are as follows, listed by per room, per night:
· One to two persons — $35
· Three people — $40
· Four people — $45
An outdoor patio with tables for relaxing — as well as a dining area, library and the use of washers and dryers (at no additional charge) — are included in the amenities.
Wendy Fiebrich, Norman Regional Health System director of volunteer services, said she finds working with auxiliary volunteers rewarding because of the diverse group of community members who make a commitment to serve the hospital.
“We have such a diverse group of people, including teenagers and college students. We get the chance to show them a glimpse of the health care system and how they can be involved,” Fiebrich said.
The Norman Regional Hospital Auxiliary begin in 1951. Since then, thousands of men and women have given more than 600,000 hours of service to the hospital system.
Currently, there are 275 adults, 50 college students and 44 teenagers who volunteer with the group.
For more information about volunteering, call the auxiliary volunteer office at 307-1790.
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