National Volunteer Week: TMC Auxiliary volunteer receives “more than expected”

TMC Volunteer HospiceIn honor of National Volunteer Week, Tucson Medical Center is celebrating the passionate work of nearly 700 volunteers in TMC Hospice, senior services, pet therapy and the TMC Auxiliary. The dedicated patrons log more than 90,000 hours every year helping TMC patients have the most comfortable and pleasant hospital stay possible.

If you visit TMC, you are sure to spot volunteers wearing teal shirts and friendly faces helping patients and visitors in more than 45 areas of the hospital. You’ll find them at the information centers, gift shops, surgery lobbies, patient care locations, hospice and TMC for Children.

And you’ll find them transporting patients, like Mr. Mark Harris.

Mark HarrisHarris retired recently, and after a long career in commercial real estate, he was looking forward to taking a few strokes off his golf game. The avid golfer enjoys the course, and there is no better place than Tucson to put those cleats and clubs to good use. Harris, however, soon found himself looking for something more rewarding.

The TMC campus spans more than 100 acres, but patients never need to worry about a long walk or finding a location. TMC Auxiliary volunteers operate an inside courtesy cart service, providing free transportation to all patients and visitors. This fit Harris perfectly, and he signed up to operate the in-house golf-cart twice a week.

“Transporting the patients is perfect for me, because I really wanted to have that personal interaction. I view each patient as a customer and focus on friendly customer service,” said Harris. He added an important reason why he chose TMC. “Volunteering at TMC was very easy – I didn’t have to jump through hoops and the hospital genuinely appreciates the volunteers.”

TMC AuxiliaryHarris knew he wanted to give back, but something unexpected happened. “The gratification is more than I expected,” he said with a broad smile. “The patients and families are so grateful – I’ve received so many positive, heartfelt comments. ”

Making a difference by volunteering at TMC won’t take over your calendar. “TMC’s Volunteer Services works with you to find the right fit for your schedule. The hours I contribute are just right for me – I still have plenty of time for the gym, hiking and the course,” explained Harris.

Volunteers are an integral part of TMC’s mission as a community hospital. TMC values every volunteer whether they have chosen to give a few hours a week or something more.

TMC Volunteer NICUVolunteers provide care and assistance that helps alleviate burden and concern, allowing patients to focus on their health. For Mark Harris, helping others has revealed a strong passion. “I love this job – I really do.”

Find out how contributing a little time can make a significant difference in our community at www.tmcaz.com/volunteering or by calling the TMC Volunteer Services office at (520) 324-5355.

 

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