Fort Sanders Regional is fortunate to have a family of volunteers possessing a wide range of talents and experience. Whether they are greeting visitors, escorting patients, comforting a family in time of need or helping in the gift shop, our volunteers are known for their devotion to others. Since 1955, the Fort Sanders Volunteer Auxiliary has provided a smiling face, a caring ear and a heartfelt hug to thousands of patients and visitors. But the Auxiliary also provides monetary support for many hospital departments and patients through annual sales and fundraising initiatives.
We serve the community by improving the quality of life through better health. Members of the Fort Sanders Auxiliary have donated more than one million hours of service, totaling a value of more than $18,000,000 in time and energy on the hospital’s behalf. Fundraising efforts consistently add tens of thousands of dollars each year, which help departments in our facility purchase much needed equipment or services.
History of the Volunteer Program
The Fort Sanders Auxiliary was formed with elected officers and a board in 1955. With by-laws, we operate nine volunteer programs (listed below). Additionally, the Auxiliary sponsors the Regional Gift Shop and receives all net income from sales, and honors all requests from Administration for patient care and services.
Wherever your passion lies, Fort Sanders Regional offers a variety of opportunities to help provide excellent service to our patients:
Ask Me: Volunteers will be stationed around the hospital to direct and escort visitors to the right place.
Auxiliary: Auxiliary volunteers will assist with duties in a number of places, including the surgery lounge, front desks, gift shop and administration. The Auxiliary is governed by a twelve-member board with elected officers and is the sanctioned fundraising arm of Volunteer Services, voting on capital requests from Administration funded by proceeds from the hospital gift shop.
Baby Spoons: Spoons are delivered to each newborn born at Fort Sanders Regional.
Fellowship Center: Volunteers will assist guests of the Fellowship Center, Fort Sanders’ hospitality house for families of patients from outside the region.
Heartstrings: This volunteer musical group provides music therapy and entertains patients and visitors each month.
HABIT (Human Animal Bonding in Tennessee): HABIT volunteers and their pets provide animal-assisted therapy.
Newborns in Need: Volunteers prepare layette items for mothers to take home with baby.
NODA (No One Dies Alone): Volunteers act as compassionate companions to patients in their last moments of life.
Knitters: Volunteers teach long-term maternity patients how to knit.
Patient Discharge Assistants: Volunteers assist with patient discharges by escorting patients to their car and serving as the final friendly face before leaving the hospital
PEER: Past stroke, spinal cord and brain injury patients mentor and encourage current patients about life after their illness. This role includes reading to patients, assisting with letter writing, or simply providing conversation and friendly company.
PEER Bariatric: Past bariatric patients mentor and encourage current bariatric patients on living a healthy lifestyle.
Random Acts of Flowers: Volunteers assist with the delivery of flowers.
Silk Pillowcases: Handmade silk pillowcases are given to current chemo patients struggling with hair loss.
Stephen Ministry: Stephen ministers are lay ministers trained to provide spiritual support to patients and caregivers.
Student Volunteers: Our student volunteers (18 and older) share their special gifts and energy with hospital patients and staff.
Thompson Cancer Survival Center (TCSC): Cancer survivors mentor and assist current cancer patients. These volunteers also assemble baskets given to each new TCSC chemo patient.