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Kalispell Regional Medical Center honors their volunteers


On Friday, April 5, the annual Kalispell Regional Medical Center (KRMC) Volunteer’s Education Day took place at the Buffalo Hill Conference Center. All KRMC volunteers are required to take part in the four hour event which featured the same educational process required of all employees at KRH during their employment orientation. The event featured educational presentations on confidentiality, security and infection prevention as well as a KRH Foundation update from Foundation President Tagen Vine, an inspirational patient story from Dr. Thomas Origitano and an introductory presentation from new KRH President/CEO Dr. Craig Lambrecht.

The event highlighted some of the many successes of volunteerism at KRMC over the past year and reiterated its importance to the success of the hospital. In 2018, 158 volunteers donated a combined 34,155 hours of their time to this organization. Combined they helped save the organization more than half a million dollars this year. Click here to view individual volunteer hours.

At the end of the event, three volunteers were recognized for their individual achievements:

Marlene Stolz – Volunteer of the Year

Eileen Kluesner – Most Hours Volunteered (10,023)

Sally Holand – Captain’s Award for Somers/Lakeside Chamber of Commerce

The presence of KRMC volunteers greatly contributes to the experience of patients, visitors and staff alike. Among their many services, volunteers staff the information desks, carry interdepartmental messages and mail, provide information to the waiting friends and family of surgery patients, conduct tours of the hospital, visit with patients at the cancer center, staff an attractive gift shop, assemble all patient chart forms for distribution to the nursing units, as well as assist in departments such as diabetes education, medical records, print shop, community relations, human resources, medical library, education, nutrition services, OB, pediatrics, emergency, infusion and many others.

Special thanks to all who have supported the KRMC gift shop. Thanks to your continued support, volunteers were able to donate $200,000 to the Emergency Department campaign, $100,000 to the A.L.E.R.T. fund and $100,000 towards a new mammography bus, as well as night goggles for the A.L.E.R.T. team, and baby monitors for OB and X-boxes for the children in the pediatric unit.

To be a part of the rewarding volunteer experience at Kalispell Regional Medical Center, contact the Volunteer Services office at (406) 752-1781 or smiletich@krmc.org.