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Volunteers Play a Key Role at Unity Health System

Rochester, N.Y. (April 13, 2011) – The volunteer spirit is alive and well at Unity Health System. Nearly 900 volunteers gave 116,000 hours of their time to Unity Health System in 2010, which has a value of $2.4 million.

“These numbers illustrate what a dedicated group of amazing volunteers we have, who recognize the importance of giving back to our community,” said Marianne Coleman, director of Volunteer Services at Unity Health System. “They not only save Unity time and money, but bring special gifts and talents to the organization that just can’t be measured.” Over the past five years, there has been a 26.5 percent increase in volunteer participation at Unity, noted Coleman.

Unity is celebrating National Volunteer Week, April 10 - 16 with recognition events to thank volunteers for their time and efforts. Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week has been growing in scope each year. It is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities.

Volunteers are called on every day to perform a wide variety of duties, including: visiting with patients; working in the gift shop; delivering mail; staffing information desks; meeting and greeting visitors; transporting patients; being advocates for hospital patients; and providing clerical assistance.

Today’s economy is playing a role in more volunteers, as individuals who are unemployed are looking for a way to stay active, gain experience and new skills, and network. For some volunteers, it’s a way to get their foot in the door for a job with Unity; eight volunteers have recently been hired.

“Helping out at Unity is rewarding for our volunteers,” said Coleman. “It goes two ways. While they’re here giving, they’re also getting something in return – feeling part of a team and making new friends.”

Individuals interested in volunteering at Unity may go to www.unityhealth.org and click on “Jobs at Unity.”

About Unity Health System

At Unity Health System you’ll find the friendliest and most compassionate people dedicated to providing the best possible health care experience. We have over 70 locations in Rochester and Monroe County, including Unity Hospital in the town of Greece and the Unity St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester. Key programs include our Joint Replacement Center, Family Birth Place, Spine Center, Diabetes Center, Chemical Dependency, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, plus the area’s most comprehensive range of services for older adults. ACM Medical Laboratory is the world’s fifth largest provider of clinical trials testing, with locations in western New York, York, England, and lab partnerships across the globe. Our shared commitment to delivering health care the way it should be is reflected in our 98% overall patient satisfaction rating.

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