Every year, volunteers dedicate thousands of hours of service to facilitate the work of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital's staff and offer friendship and comfort to patients.


With sincere appreciation and gratitude, Henry Mayo will honor its volunteers during National Volunteer Week, April 10-16, for their outstanding contributions to the hospital and the community.


"National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to say 'thank you' for the time and effort our volunteers give to our Hospital, whether they are helping to raise funds or providing service to the Hospital," said Maria Strmsek, DVS, CAVS, director of volunteer services at Henry Mayo.


Henry Mayo is fortunate to have more than 346 adult and teen volunteers and 9 pet dog therapy volunteers dedicated to helping the Hospital achieve its mission of improving the health of our community through compassion and excellence in healthcare services.


In 2010, volunteers at Henry Mayo gave an estimated 56,175 hours of service. Volunteers assist with a wide range of services in both patient and non-patient care areas, and special projects and events. Homebound volunteers knit baby hats and blankets for our newborns, or design hand puppets for children in the Emergency Room.


Volunteers also serve on the Hospital and Health Foundation boards.


Auxiliary, Guild, and Home Tour League volunteers have raised thousands of dollars over the years which have funded enhancements to the hospital that benefit the entire community.


"The majority of our volunteers find it to be a very rewarding environment, because everyone here appreciates them. From the nurses and physicians to the patient, they're all grateful for the support provided by volunteers," Strmsek said.


Henry Mayo will host a luncheon on April 14 at the Hyatt Valencia to celebrate, recognize and thank hospital volunteers. The theme of the invitation-only event will be "Our Volunteers Rock the World."


For more information about Henry Mayo's volunteer services program, please call (661) 253-8051.