2015-2016 National Hospital Ambassador
Hospital: National Salute to Veteran Patients Week
The week of February 14 is the National Salute to Veteran Patients week. Although this is sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs, we can remember those in other medical facilities as well.
The purpose of the program is to:
- Pay tribute and express appreciation to Veterans,
- Increase community awareness of the role of the VA medical center,
- Encourage citizens to visit hospitalized Veterans and to become involved as volunteers.
Valentine’s Day is almost here! Involve your community and host a “Valentines for Veterans” Drive. Gather up cards and take them to a medical facility. I’m fairly certain someone will consider you their sweetheart when you do!
Need more ideas? Visit the National Organization’s Pinterest Page for some fun ideas on decorating at a medical facility, Valentine-themed games for seniors and more!
Next month the entries for Outstanding Hospital Volunteer are due to me. Department Chairmen should select one winner from applicants submitted and have it to me by March 15, 2016.
Remember, the requirement for Department Chairmen is to submit a minimum of four (4) communications on how you promoted the Hospital Program to your membership. Sadly, there are some Departments I haven’t heard from and several haven’t met the minimum. There is still time, so please make sure to send your promotions, bulletins, or presentations to me via email or regular mail.