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News for Administrators of Healthcare Volunteers

Sue DeGolier and Janene Riedeman  | Published on 3/28/2018

Are you responsible for coordinating the volunteer effort in a health care organization? Do you feel like no one in your organization really understands what you do? AHV is for you. We are a sector specific network within MAVA . . . just for you. You can connect with other people who do the same work and learn from one another. The more people who participate, the richer the exchange of information will be. Join us at one of our upcoming events.

“Let’s Talk Healthcare” Networking Session
Friday May 11, from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Hennepin Health (formerly Hennepin County Medical Center – HCMC)

Attend in person or call in for this FREE networking session! It will be an informal discussion of current hot topics and is an opportunity to ask questions and learn from your peers who work in a similar setting. The agenda will be determined by participants. Topics that have already been suggested include:
• Recruitment – where to get skilled volunteers?
• Regulations – what does your organization do about fingerprinting, flu shots, initial/annual health screening?
• Onboarding, annual education – is anyone doing this electronically?
• What do you measure to demonstrate the impact of the volunteer program?
• Future AHV meetings – format, time, location, topics?

Hosted by Kelly O'Brien, Volunteer Coordinator at Hennepin. A call in option is available. Specific location, parking, and call in information will be available when you register for this event on the MAVA website.

AHV works collaboratively with the Minnesota Association of Healthcare Volunteers (MAHV) to help provide education opportunities for volunteer coordinators. MAHV (formerly HCAM) is a statewide organization that has been serving Minnesota healthcare volunteers since 1946. Their mission is to provide their members with opportunities to share ideas, develop leadership skills, and promote volunteer services that support Minnesota’s Healthcare facilities. They have seven geographic regions throughout the state.

Planting Seeds of Service – MAHV District D Spring Meeting
Including Breakout session: “Do Volunteers in Healthcare Still Matter in 2018?”

Monday, May 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Registration is $20 per person which includes breaks, lunch, and other speakers
St. Gabriel's Hospital, Little Falls, MN

Sue DeGolier (AHV), Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, will conduct a workshop for volunteer coordinators during a breakout session. Is the volunteer program in your organization relevant for 2018? During this session we will discuss what it means to be relevant. Attendees will consider their own volunteer program through the eyes of their various “customers” and gain ideas from one another.

There will also be a concurrent breakout session for gift shop coordinators hosted by Deb Anderson (AHV), Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center of Brainerd.

Hosted by Linda Johnson, Volunteer Manager at St. Gabriel's Hospital, 815 2nd St SE, Little Falls, MN 56345. Phone: (320) 631-5432 E-mail: Contact Linda for more information and to register.

Looking Ahead...
MAHV will host their conference September 12-14. It is open to both you as the professional volunteer leadership staff and to your volunteer leaders! Several AHV members are involved with planning and speaking at this event focused specifically on health care.

We hope to see you at these events. Membership in MAVA or MAHV is not required to attend. We also look forward to hearing from you. Your suggestions will help us as we coordinate programming for the days ahead.
Your AHV Leadership Team,

Sue DeGolier
Director, Volunteer Services

Ridgeview Medical Center

500 S. Maple Street

Waconia, MN 55387

Office: (952) 442-2191, ext. 35594                     
Janene Riedeman
Director, Volunteer Services
St. Cloud Hospital, CentraCare Health System
1406 6th Avenue North
St. Cloud, MN  56303
Office:  (320) 251-2700 ext. 54482