Editor’s Note: Each year, the Minnesota Hospital Association recognizes individuals and hospitals across the state for outstanding performance. MHA’s “Volunteer of the Year” award is given to “someone whose activities benefit the well-being of patients and the hospital, and who stands as an inspirational example of hospital volunteerism” (www.mnhospitals.org). Points are awarded for participation in hospital auxiliary organizations, active leadership roles, etc. This year, Director of Volunteer Services Sandy Bergeron nominated longtime volunteer Jane Baxter! The text of Sandy’s nomination is below.
“Jane has been volunteering at Children’s since 1994. For the past 17 years, Jane has volunteered weekly in the Infant Care Center, hematology/oncology unit, and home-based Hospice/Karuna program. Jane is a leader in her volunteer roles, training over 50 new volunteers and presenting at every hospice training since the program’s inception.
Jane graduated from the first-ever Children’s Hospice/Karuna volunteer training in the 1990s and has been placed with 15 families since that time. Jane’s families have included infants, toddlers, teenagers & young adults, and she has been very open to a variety of challenges. She stepped into a leadership role in the Children’s Grand Prix event, volunteered for fundraising events such as Thank God for Kids (Children’s annual gala), and has assisted with special events and requests at the last minute.
We are honored to nominate Jane for her ongoing support of Children’s Hospital!”