The Medical Center of Aurora Volunteer Program Featured in the Aurora Sentinel

"Hospitals Changing Their Stripes When it Comes to Volunteers"

Aurora, CO, March 15, 2012

Brandon Johansson

From the Aurora Sentinel:

Navigating the maze-like halls of a modern hospital can be a daunting task.

Add to that the stress of seeing a loved one hospitalized, and finding your way from the entrance to a hospital bed can seem impossible.

“When people come into a hospital, they are already stressed and worried,” said Stephanie Manley, volunteer coordinator at Medical Center of Aurora. “They kind of lose their ability to read signs.”

That’s where volunteers like Serene Taher come in. For the past three years, Taher has been one of the more than 100 volunteers at TMCA, often working the front desk and helping visitors find where they need to go.

Decades ago, a sizeable chunk of hospital volunteers were candy stripers decked out in bright red and white striped smocks. While candy stripers no longer stroll the halls of local hospitals,  officials say that doesn’t mean volunteering at area hospitals has slowed in recent years.

In fact, officials say not only is volunteer work thriving, but volunteers are tackling more complex and vital roles than the candy stripers of a generation ago.

Stephanie Manley, volunteer coordinator at The Medical Center of Aurora, said the hospital near Interstate 225 and East Mississippi Avenue has more than 100 volunteers who chip in between 1,700 and 2,000 hours every week.

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