From the Hospital CEO - April 2014


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    Volunteering for a cause or an organization, in which one believes, is considered by many to be an important obligation of giving back to society — a contribution to the greater good.

    To honor those who give so selflessly, National Volunteer Week was established by executive order of the President of the United States in 1974. This year, National Volunteer Week takes place from April 6 to 12.

    Stony Brook University Hospital has the good fortune of having 840 volunteers who support the hospital’s mission. These generous individuals have donated more than 68,000 hours of their valuable time to help the hospital in every way imaginable. Some greet and escort patients, guests and visitors. Others restock supplies and run errands for staff members. Many help with special events and fundraisers. 

    The hospital also has an active auxiliary that in its 25 years has raised close to $7 million, which has successfully funded numerous projects, including state-of-the-art ambulances, surgical intensive care sonograms, mammographic ultrasound equipment and automated external defibrillators, as well as supported Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. These funds have been raised through special events, the Auxiliary Gift Shop, vendor sales, membership dues and donations from grateful patients.

    In addition the Stony Brook University Hospital Auxiliary supports outreach programs to help promote the health and well-being of the community. These include: the Vial of Life (providing lifesaving medical information to first responders during an emergency), sun safety information day at local beaches and the HOPE (Health Occupations Partnership for Excellence) Program, which fosters the development of high school students from underserved, racially and ethnically diverse communities by exposing them to careers in the healthcare field.

    The support that we receive from our volunteers makes a difference in the quality of care that we provide at Stony Brook University Hospital. During National Volunteer Week, we invite our volunteers to visit the hospital’s Volunteer Office to enjoy refreshments and receive in-person thanks from Stony Brook staff members.

    Individuals willing to donate a minimum of three hours a week for at least eight months or a total of 100 hours are encouraged to become Stony Brook University Hospital volunteers. Volunteer opportunities extend to people of all ages, including middle and high school students as young as 14, as well as college students who may be seeking ways to serve the community, while at the same time exploring their own career options. Volunteer assignments are available seven days a week between 7 am and 8:30 pm.

    For more information about becoming a volunteer at Stony Brook University Hospital, please call (631) 444-2610 or click here.

    L. Reuven Pasternak, MD
    Chief Executive Officer, Stony Brook University Hospital
    Vice President for Health Systems, Stony Brook Medicine