In 1977—a year before the lake area's only hospital opened its doors—an extraordinary group of men and women recognized the community's need to support quality health care and formed the Lake of the Ozarks General Hospital Auxiliary.
Today, the Lake Regional Hospital Auxiliary boasts more than 380 enthusiastic, good-hearted members of all ages and contributes approximately 60,000 hours of service annually.
Auxilians are a diverse group comprised of retirees, doctors, active businesspeople and others. Each auxilian participates in a variety of activities that fit their special talents and interests, including staffing The Shoppes at Lake Regional Health System. They also assist with the Auxiliary's hospital ball, held each October.
Benefits and Dues
Auxilians receive access to select hospital programs, recognition awards and the Mile Marker newsletter. They also have the satisfaction of knowing they're making a significant contribution to the quality of health care in their community.
Yearly Auxiliary dues are $5 per person or $8 per couple. Lifetime dues are $100 per person or $150 per couple. Lifetime dues go to the Ethel Rayburn Nursing/Health Care Scholarship Fund, which awards annual scholarships to employees who are pursuing a nursing career.
Civic-minded high school students ages 14 to 18 who are interested in making a difference in their community are encouraged to participate in Lake Regional Health System's Junior Volunteer Program. Junior volunteers assist staff with basic manual tasks on patient floors and in other hospital departments as assigned.
Junior volunteers will receive service pins and certificates upon completion of 50 hours of service. Also, deserving volunteers often receive letters of recommendation to accompany their college applications.
The following items must be completed and submitted to the Lake Regional Hospital Auxiliary office by noon Friday, May 19, 2017.
- Completed Junior Volunteer Application and include a paragraph about why you would like to volunteer
- Copy of school vaccinations
- Medical release signed by a parent or legal guardian
- Two non-family references
The goal of hospice is to provide the highest quality of life possible while managing symptoms, such as pain, fatigue and shortness of breath. Volunteers help patients by assisting with a variety of tasks,such as providing companionship, running errands, assisting with light housework and meals, and providing respite for caregivers.
Hospice volunteers receive the same orientation as other hospital volunteers, plus a separate hospice volunteer orientation. This second orientation provides training in understanding grief and bereavement, the dying process, communication techniques, hospice regulations and other hospice-specific topics.
Once actively serving, hospice volunteers report to Jill Wilke, director of Lake Regional Palliative Care, Home Health and Hospice, and are a part of the care team, consulting with the nurses, social worker, chaplain and therapists. Volunteers are reimbursed for mileage.
All junior and adult volunteers must complete orientation before beginning work at Lake Regional Health System.