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Mayo Clinic volunteers honored

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Mayo Clinic volunteer president Karen Koeller along with St. Marys volunteer president Art Maley and Methodist volunteer president Ralph Speakerman present a symbolic check to Mayo Clinic president and CEO John Noseworthy MD for over 3 million dollars at a volunteer recognition luncheon at the Rochester International Event Center Wednesday. That's the pay that would have been collected by the over 1500 volunteers that logged 136,076 hours in 2013.

In 2013, volunteers from the four Mayo Clinic volunteer programs together donated more than 136,076 hours, according to the clinic.

That translates into 65 jobs, or $3,012,722.60 in pay, based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data on the value of volunteer time.

The programs, and volunteer time, are:

• Mayo Clinic Hospital — Saint Marys Campus had 433 volunteersgive 46,900 hours of service within 17 service areas.

That includes 33 volunteers in a patient hospitality pilot project in three nursing units, providing comfort items such as warm blankets and pillows, answering questions, and helping with such things as close blinds, handleTV remotes and remove meal trays.


Volunteers also assist with ordering meals, retrieving snacks/beverages from the unit kitchen, ordering library materials, requesting Caring Hands and Picture Cart service as well as spending time with the patients.

• Mayo Clinic Hospital — Methodist Campus had 355 volunteers provide 43,092 of time, and 122,355 service contacts with patients, visitors and staff.

There were 160 No One Dies Along volunteers who provided 413 hours of vigils for 21 patients who were nearing death.

Two new programs provide informal support for parents with infants in the level two nursery: Reiki and Healing Touch.

• Mayo Clinic Volunteer Serviceshad 491 volunteers donating 45,671 hours of support in 24 different service areas.

The Caring Canine teams continue to grow in number, and animal assisted therapy was added this year.

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