Community members volunteer thousands of hours of their time every year to make a Westfields Hospital & Clinic visit a little more welcoming and a little less worrying to patients and their loved ones.

In 2018, 70 hospital and clinic volunteers at Westfields donated 2,400-plus hours of time. Across the four HealthPartners hospitals in the St. Croix Valley and western Wisconsin, 402 volunteers donated 27,648 hours last year. That's equal to more than 13 full-time employees or almost $700,000 of service provided free of charge by community members (using a national rate to estimate the value of volunteer time). National Volunteer Week is April 8-12, 2019.

"We absolutely depend on our volunteers. They complement the work of our staff to help our patients feel welcome, confident and secure whenever they need our care. We are so grateful for all they do," said Steve Massey, president of Westfields Hospital & Clinic.

Volunteers work in many different areas across the hospital, including: visiting hospital patients for delirium prevention, wayfinding, pet therapy, Westfields Hospital & Clinic Foundation, gift shop and more.

"We are fortunate in our rural area to be able to offer the services of a metropolitan area hospital combined with dedicated local staff and volunteers," said Maria Berends, volunteer coordinator. "When our volunteers selflessly give their time and talents they are helping not only our patients but also are a tremendous help to our staff. They make our campus a brighter place and for this we are so grateful."

For more information on becoming a volunteer at Westfields Hospital, contact Maria Berends at 715-243-2793 or email Maria.C.Berends@WestfieldsHospital.com.