Volunteers donate $14k toward services and equipment at MVHS

Mirror board members Linda Kurtyka, and Craig Heuss, present Scott H. Perra, FACHE, president/CEO of MVHS (center), with a donation to support the health system.

UTICA – On Friday, June 15, 2018, the Faxton St. Luke’s Volunteer Association and The Guild of St. Elizabeth Medical Center held their annual Strawberry Social and first joint business meeting at Hart’s Hill Inn in Whitesboro.

The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) volunteers gifted $14,000 to support services and equipment at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) and St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC). Monies raised come from sales in the gift shops as well as from vendor sales held at each hospital.

In December 2018, the FSLH Volunteer Association and The Guild of SEMC elected a single mirror board of 13 members who oversee both organizations.

“I am extremely proud that we are, again, able to support very worthwhile causes for the hospitals,” said Jane Gwise, president of the FSLH Volunteer Association and The Guild of SEMC. “Each year, a portion of the funds raised through our sales and gift shops goes toward events such as the Stomp Out Cancer Telethon, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Events, the Prohibition Party, the MVHS Golf Outing and Lights of Love Holiday Celebration. The proceeds from the events have a significant impact on the care provided to our patients and residents.”

In 2017, MVHS had a total of 318 volunteers serving at all three of its campuses with a total of 33,245 hours served.

MVHS has openings for volunteers to assist in several departments. The assignments and work schedules are flexible. Some common tasks for volunteers are delivering mail to different departments throughout MVHS, providing information and directions at the reception desks, keeping families updated in the waiting rooms and providing customer and sales service in the gift shops.

To become a volunteer at MVHS, please call (315) 624-6142.