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March 1, 2017 - February 28, 2018

Proudly serving WVU Hospitals for 56 years since


Administrative Greetings



Friends, It has been a true pleasure to serve as President for the past two years. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your service to WVU Medicine. The service you provide is invaluable, not only to the patients and their families but also to the staff.

Leadership Message

It has been an honor to serve with you this past year. Your support of the activities of Friends has been greatly appreciated. Whether you helped with a clearance sale in the Gift Shop, worked a game day tent, or attended Festival of Trees or the Garden Party, we are grateful for your time. Looking ahead, we have already started working on a new signature event to support the Heart and Vascular Institute and are eager to continue the work started by Volunteers in 1961. As I look forward to the coming year, I am certain that the support of Friends of WVU Hospitals provides to WVU Medicine will continue to grow. Our volunteers are our foundation and our strength.

Victoria Shuman Friends Board President 2016-2018

Thanks again for your service to WVU Medicine, its patients, their families, and your continued support of Friends. Sincerely,

•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Hi! I’m the “new guy,” Whitney Rae Hatcher. I joined WVU Medicine as Manager of Volunteer Services & the Friends Gift Shop in January 2018. After spending the past two years fundraising for Saint Thomas Health in Nashville, TN, the opportunity to return home and serve my alma mater at WVU Medicine through Volunteer Services department is truly my dream job. One of the greatest gifts you can give is your time. I am continually humbled and impressed by our volunteers who go above and beyond to serve our patients and our community. In many ways, this year has been a year of transition for the Friends of WVU Hospitals. We’ve accomplished a great deal this year, but there is still much work to be done. While we wrap up this year of transition, I am looking forward to 2018-2019 being a year of transformation. It will take all of us doing our part. I am excited to see where we will go and what we will accomplish, together.

Whitney Rae Hatcher Manager Volunteer Services and Friends Gift Shop

At your service,



The purpose of Friends shall be rendering service to West Virginia University Hospitals (WVU Healthcare) and its patients, and assisting WVU Healthcare in promoting the health and welfare of the community in accordance with charitable objectives established by WVU Healthcare.


In 1961, shortly after West Virginia University Hospitals opened its doors, a group of women organized an auxiliary at the behest of the Hospital’s first administrator, Eugene Staples. This “Ladies Auxiliary” became “Friends.” Initially, Friends’ primary activity was purchasing items needed in the nursing stations and waiting rooms, but by 1965 Friends’ activities expanded in to a gift shop; a play therapy program for the pediatric nursing station; a sewing group that produced patient gowns and towels; a patient lending library; and fund-raising activities. Fifty– six years later, Friends’ activities have expanded to match the needs of the preeminent healthcare facility in West Virginia. As WVU Healthcare has grown, so has Friends. No longer exclusively a “Ladies Auxiliary,” Friends encompasses men, women, high school, and college students, retirees, professionals and homemakers.


“Helping OTHERS and making FRIENDS…” 3


President - Victoria Shuman President Elect - Stacy Shearer Secretary - Joey Wright Treasurer - Nada Kisner Adrienne Davis Kerry Gibson Shirley Leonhardt Thomas Licciardi

Darlene Nelson Susie Pappas Jena Prokopchuk Stacie Redelman Lauren Ritchie Matthew Veith Susan Woodruff




Special Events

Jena Prokopchuk, Chair Victoria Shuman Stacy Shearer Joey Wright

Stacie Redelman, Chair Victoria Shuman Stacy Shearer Matt Vieth Nada Kisner Susie Pappas

Joey Wright, Chair All Board Members


Gift Shop


Shirley Leonhardt, Chair Victoria Shuman Stacy Shearer Adrienne Davis Sue Woodruff Darlene Nelson

Victoria Shuman, Chair Stacy Shearer Tommy Liccardi Stacie Redelman Kerry Gibson Matt Veith

Adrienne Davis, Chair Victoria Shuman Stacy Shearer Tommy Liccardi Lauren Ritchie Matt Veith

Strategic Planning Stacy Shearer, Chair All Board Members



CARE and COMFORT •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• VET TO VET PROGRAM Vet to Vet is a partnership program that utilizes veterans in recovery in a peer-counseling capacity to help other veterans. In 2017, on Veteran’s Day, quilts were presented to in-patient veterans and stockings were presented at Christmas.

This program began initially many years ago but was re-energized by Lee Green in July 2016. The Stroke Support Volunteer Program now has 4 active volunteers who visit stroke survivors weekly and provide support and encouragement to our patients. Whether Lee brings a joke, a friendly conversation, sometimes a prayer and always a lending ear, not just for patients but also for families and caregivers. Lee and other Stroke Support Program Volunteers also provide a positive impact on the staff in that unit. The clinical staff and these volunteers work together to provide valuable support to our Stroke Patients as they recover.





•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• DIVERSIONAL ACTIVITIES The Diversional Activities Program is a leisure activity program designed to meet the psychological needs of our patients as part of WVU Medicine’s commitment to excellence in patient care. Intervention activities are designed to minimize hospital generated stress, anxiety, and boredom and to allow the patient to adapt to the physical and environmental limitations that can be presented by illness.



patients participated in patient activities, a 29.28% increase in participation since 2016.

2017 Statistics


VOLUNTEER Youngest = 14


Oldest = 88


4 291


new placement placement areas areas






New Applications Received

8,555 E-cards 6,280 U.S. Mail


556 volunteers & 25,593 19 therapy d gs hours served



Past Presidents

•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 1961-1962 1962-1963 1963-1964 1964-1965 1965-1966 1966-1967 1967-1968 1968-1969 1969-1970 1970-1971 1971-1972 1972-1973 1973-1974 1974-1975 1975-1976 1976-1977 1977-1978 1978-1979 1979-1980 1980-1981 1981-1982 1982-1983


Alice Van Liere* Marian Fink* Helen Bond* Martha Saxe* Avis Stuart* Murial Wagner Helen McCafferty* Fran Bennett* Lyda Mae Hixenbaugh * Grace English* Judy Jones Thelma Brennan* Anne Hadden* Dorothy Clark Faye Sanders Nellie Sleeth* Mary Miernyk* Sally Tuberose* Nancy Turner Lydia Conaway Cookie Coombs Louise Carter

1983-1985 1985-1986 1986-1988 1988-1990 1990-1992 1992-1994 1994-1996 1996-1998 1998-2000 2000-2002 2002-2004 2004-2006 2006-2008 2008-2010 2010-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2016 2016-2018

Alice Brown O.J. Abbott* Mary Lou Clarkson* Nancy Ferrari Susan Woodruff Helen Carder* Virginia DeCarlo* Helen Carder* Cookie Coombs Susan Woodruff Helen Beto Cookie Coombs Virginia Nugent* Beverly Martin Shera Lorenze Jane Clark Stacy Shearer Darlene Nelson Victoria Shuman

*denotes deceased

Volunteer of the Month

January Rana Dallah Physical Therapy

February Amiti Maloy Friends Gift Shop

March Lee Green Stroke Support

April Savannah Kite Emergency Dept.

May Lesley Klishis OR Waiting Room & Rosenbaum FH

June Joey Wright Friends Board Special Events

July Anne Bolyard NICU & Children’s

August Alexandria Foley WVU HVI & Post Anesthesia Recovery

September Heather Britton Rosenbaum

October VJ Kothari Patient Mail

November Hannah Growe, Evan Stalnaker & Allysa Connell WVU Children’s Hospital


Service Awards

Adults volunteering 100+ Hours 100 Hours Diana Bennett James Boehler David Byrnside Adam Gebremedhin Erina Goodwin Patricia Holgorsen Evan Stalnaker Ellen Trovato John Weber Tia Lyon, Therapy Dog

500 Hours Linda Channell Judy Polak Aquilina Policicchio Jane Taylor Kerry Webster

1,000 Hours Bob Kefferstan 1,500 Hours Stacy Shearer Victoria Shuman 2,000 Hours Lesley Klishis 2,500 Hours Beverly Martin

Students volunteering 100+ Hours Brooke Ashby Allison Brichacek Tessa Cesario Kasey Combs Katherine Dye Haley Hartman Savannah Kite Karagan Mulhall Kirstyn Murphy

Peyton Panger Samantha Park Trinity Shaver Lynsey Soule Joshua Spiker Elizabeth Trump Faithlynn Walker Kayla Yutzy


Friends Financials

Statement of Financial Position (Year Ending February 28, 2018) Checking/Savings Accounts Receivable

202,595.01 (13,958.25)

Accounts Payable Other Current Liabilities

2.538.75 330.00

Total Current Assets


Total Current Liabilities


Property and Equipment Accumulated Depreciation

7,813.81 (13,800.04)

Total Fixed Assets

7,813.81 2,868.75 193,581.82

Other Assets


Total Liabilities Total Equity





•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Statement of Activities

(Year Ending February 28, 2018) Special Projects Starbucks Revenue Garden Party Mum Sales Festival of Trees


3,162.00 6,000.00 2,724.54 3,918.46 12,272.26

Management and General Donations Special Projects/Events


21,256.39 17,462.50 23,666.69


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Statement of Activities (Year Ending February 28, 2018)

Total Sales Cost of Goods Sold Gross Profit Expenses Other Income/Expense Transfer to Main


Net Income

693,411 (374,958) 318,453 (196,579) 494 (25,000)


$25k transferred to Friends in March 2017


The Friends of WVU Hospitals and Atria’s of Morgantown presented the award-winning Friends Garden Party on May 7 at 2 p.m. at Atria's. Tickets were sold for $50/each and a child could be added for $10 for children under 12. Each ticket included one container, soil, two plants, and one figurine to create a miniature garden. The event included refreshments. Attendees were invited to wear their favorite garden hat and a prize was given for the best hat. Attendees could also bring their own containers to the event to create more personalized garden. Total Raised:

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On November 11 and 12, 2017, the 8th Annual Festival of Trees event was held at Stepping Stones at Milan Park. Families were invited to visit “Santa’s Village—The Festival of Trees” and tour each station enjoying food, activities, music and shopping along the way. Mr. and Mrs. Clause and Monti Bear were available for photo opportunities. Friends President Victoria Shuman said, “We are grateful for the ongoing support of the Morgantown community for this annual event and to our mission to provide care and comfort programs for WVU Medicine patients and their families. We are especially thankful for our event sponsors for making the event and our mission successful.” Total Raised:

$4,503.85 11

Monti Bear Mascot

2017-2018 Mascots Brooke Ashby Jordan Ammons Cameron Smith


2017 Annual Meeting



Whitney Rae Hatcher, Manager Volunteer Services Nancy Beckner, Volunteer Coordinator Janice Coster, Activities Coordinator Elizabeth Kanosky, Administrative Assistant

Gift Shop Lindsay Moore, Supervisor Susan Domico, Sales Clerk Melissa “Missy� Davis, Purchasing Assistant Janna Yoder, Accounting Clerk Coming in 2018 Masquerade Ball


October 27, 2018 at

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort


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