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spotlight on • METHODIST VOLUNTEERS IN PARTNERSHIP (VIP)

giving back • METHODIST HEALTH SYSTEM Tina Meyers is working hard—in retirement. Over the last four years she’s been a steady presence at Methodist. From helping guests in the gifts shops to greeting visitors at a receptionist desk, she is a dedicated volunteer. “For me, it’s been a great way to feel like I am fulfilling a purpose and giving back a little bit to the community and to be part of something as important as Methodist,” Meyers said. Meyers is one of more than 600 volunteer-members who power Volunteers In Partnership (VIP), a 70-year-old program that helps elevate and advance Methodist Hospital and Methodist Women’s Hospital. “The volunteers are a vital part of our caring culture,” said Linda Rajcevich, director of patient and guest services at Methodist. “Whatever your skills, preferences or availability, odds are we have a meaningful opportunity for you to serve and make an impact here.” There is even a program for young people wanting to help in the hospitals called “Volunteens.” Touching lives VIP members support a wide range of areas including patient services, information and hospitality, operational support and the gift shops, where Meyers spends most of her volunteer time. Meyers started as a sales clerk and has since expanded her duties to include giftware buying. “We get to choose the products and work hard to find unique and fun items. We set up the shop differently for every season,” she said. She quickly discovered that the products were just part of what the volunteers could offer. “The gift shops are more than just a place to pick up something special or grab a snack,” she said. “Many times it’s where people go to get away for a moment. We often lend a listening ear and even a hug to those who are scared or worried about their loved one.”

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methodist volunteers in partnership SUPPORT METHODIST HEALTH SYSTEM

phone: (402) 815-1130 email: vip@nmhs.org web: bestcare.org Methodist Hospital: 8303 Dodge St, Omaha, NE 68114 Methodist Women’s Hospital: 707 N 190th Plaza, Elkhorn, NE 68022

Making an impact All told, 140 volunteers contribute to the success of the gift shops at Methodist Hospital and Methodist Women’s Hospital. The shops are a key Methodist fundraiser, in addition to two yearly events, a gala and a golf tournament. In the two last years the VIP has raised over $750,000. “Right now, we’re raising money for Methodist’s Emergency Department renovation and expansion,” said Meyers, who also has served on the VIP Board. “We get a lot of input from the foundation on what the needs are, and VIP Board members choose what they feel is the most important project. We’ve raised money for NICU heart monitors, an outdoor dining area, new high-tech operating rooms, and now the ED.” After taking an early retirement and not ready to completely retire, Meyers said volunteering with Methodist VIP has been a great and meaningful fit for her. “I think a lot of the volunteers feel that way. They realize what they’re doing is important. It makes a difference for people who are here in the hospital and their families, but it also makes a personal difference for them because they feel like they are contributing.”

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