ARDMORE, Okla. – Whether they’re cuddling tiny babies, greeting visitors, easing worries of family members or assisting patients as they leave the hospital, Mercy’s nearly 4,000 volunteers across four states are up to the task and donated more than 595,000 hours in the past year.
“In just 12 months, our volunteers have devoted a total of 68 years of time. That is mind-boggling,” said Lynn Britton, Mercy president and CEO, recognizing April as National Volunteer Month. “Our volunteers impact the lives of our patients, their families and our co-workers every single day. I think Mother Teresa said it best, ‘It is not how much you do, but how much love you put into the doing that matters.’ Our volunteers put love into everything they do, never expecting anything in return. They embody the spirit of Mercy.”
For many volunteers, the joy is in the giving.
“It is what keeps me going,” said Katherine Fox who has worked 10,700 volunteer hours since first volunteering at Mercy Hospital Ardmore in 2004. "I enjoy getting to meet new people and helping wherever I am needed."
Fox can be found 4 to 5 days a week greeting hospital guests at the front desk, helping check guests out at the gift shop or anywhere they call her to help.
"I tell people that ‘it’s a proven fact that getting involved improves your health and overall quality of life’,” said Fox, who also serves on the Oklahoma Hospital Association’s Volunteer Committee. “So get out and get to doing.”
Mercy volunteers include teenagers who want experience in the medical field, middle-aged people looking to give back, seniors who want to stay active and people with disabilities learning job skills. Volunteers commit to as little as one hour a month and as much as 40 hours a week. There are a myriad of ways in which volunteers serve.
To volunteer, call Mercy Hospital Ardmore Volunteer Services.