Straight TalkA weekly update from management on the issues that matter most. Mar 29, 2018 America has a long and proud tradition of volunteer service, and this week we celebrate NCH’s Volunteers. NCH President's Volunteer Service Award Recipients In 2003 the President’s Council of Civic Participation created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to recognize and thank Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. Honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspires others. NCH’s 2018 Presidential Award recipients are: Micheline Bright, Eleanor Lawrence, Pat Crutchfield, Sue Provenzano, and Diana Fichter. Another award, Volunteers of the Year, honors those outstanding role models who deliver care that our patients, their families, and our staff recognize as the highest quality. These honorees consistently meet NCH’s excellence in compassionate care criteria by demonstrating kindness, inspiring others, assisting coworkers, resolving challenges, exceeding expectations, and exemplifying goodness. The 2018 recipients are: Margeret Madison (Offsite Facility), Peter Peruzzi (Baker), Joyce Heath (North Naples), and Gerry Guerra (Marco). Volunteers live longer and help others live longer and better. Altruistic behavior and social interaction add years of good life. “Specifically giving to others may offer a promising avenue for increasing longevity, especially among more vulnerable groups such as older adults,” according to a recent academic study from the University of Michigan and University of Rochester. The relationship between volunteering and lower mortality in older adults is real, with associated health benefits and better well-being. Volunteering is good for everyone and for our community. Volunteers have increased levels of life satisfaction, self-esteem, and most importantly making others feel good. A concept known as “helper’s high” is received by volunteers when involved with doing good deeds for others. Being an important part of a thriving healthcare system helps all—patients, families, volunteers, and our community. If you would like to volunteer, please apply at NCH Volunteer Application. Southwest Florida has the longest life expectancy in America and is the healthiest and happiest community in the nation for a record three years in a row. Our over 1,200 volunteers are leaders and models for the rest of us as we perpetuate our community’s success. NCH would not be a Five Star Hospital without our volunteers. Our welcoming culture, clinical competence, and overall contribution to our community’s health depend on everyone’s sharing the common mission of helping folks live longer, happier, and healthier lives. P.S. DO YOU HAVE A COLLEAGUE OR FRIEND WHO WOULD BE INTERESTED IN UPDATES? Please enter their email address at nchmd.org/straighttalk, and we will add them to our complimentary mailing list.