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Washington County Hospital auxiliary holds annual volunteer education day

November 19, 2007

Auxiliary members from across Washington County Hospital gathered recently at Robinwood Medical Center for their annual education day. About 90 volunteers heard from three speakers.

Michael G. Day, elder law attorney, discussed asset protection and Medicaid.

James P. Hamill, president and CEO of Washington County Health System, presented an update on the health system. He reported on two new programs to help cancer patients receiving care at the hospital. One is the oncology care specialist, who can help patients reduce the time from diagnosis to treatment of their disease. The other is the American Cancer Society patient resource navigator. The navigator will assist patients with non-clinical needs such as transportation, medications, and child care. He thanked volunteers for their generous gift of time to various hospital programs. He also applauded them for their fundraising efforts on behalf of patient care needs and the new hospital that is being planned.

The Rev. David C. Baker, director of spiritual care programs at Washington County Hospital, addressed the volunteers, as well. His topic, The Secret of Exceptional Volunteers, reviewed some of the reasons as well as the personal characteristics of people who volunteer.

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The Washington County Hospital Auxiliary is a registered charitable organization in the State of Maryland, whose mission is to supplement the work of hospital staff, provide care and comfort for patients, and to raise funds for hospital programs, equipment, building, and scholarships. For information about volunteer opportunities, call 301-790-8143.

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