Thursday, April 14, 2016

EIRMC volunteer named national finalist for award

Jim Pletscher is many things — a veteran, philanthropist, and volunteer in Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department.

It is people like Pletscher that EIRMC is seeking to recognize during National Volunteer Week. Before and after shifts, he can be found cleaning up cigarettes butts in the parking lot, jump starting cars, or chatting with patients and staff.

Earlier this year, Pletscher was selected as one of the winners of EIRMC’s Frist Humanitarian Award. He went on to win that same honor the division level of EIRMC’s parent company, Hospital Corporation of America, and this week he was was notified that he was selected from over 165 nominations as one of the two national finalists for the Volunteer Frist Award.

This is the first time that EIRMC has had anyone recognized at the division or national level.
Here are some fast facts about the hospital’s volunteers:

  • There are 126 volunteers helping in 15 different areas.
  • In 2015 they donated more than 25,000 hours, which would amount to 12 full-time employees.
  • The average monthly hours donated was 2,100.
  • Shuttle drivers average 2,400 rides/month.

Overall, EIRMC volunteers employ professional skills as patient ambassadors, chaplains, and pet partner team members.

For more information, visit www.eirmc.com.