50 Years of GRMC Volunteers
“Being a volunteer at GRMC is an opportunity to be a part of one of the best programs in Texas. We wear our uniforms proudly as we work to greet each visitor to make them feel welcome and cared for. GRMC is a great place of which to be a part.”
How it all started
In October 1961, a group of dedicated and caring women gathered to organize an auxiliary for the hospital serving Seguin and Guadalupe County. In November, the group joined the Texas Association of Hospital Auxiliaries. There were a total of fifty-nine active members, who served in many areas of the hospital.
The Auxiliary played a major role in the move to the new hospital, Guadalupe Valley Hospital (GVH) in 1965. Carline Lehnhoff was president of the Guadalupe Valley Hospital Auxiliary in 1965 when the new hospital was built. The auxilians wore “cherry cherry red costumes” in 1965, switched to the “pink Ladies and Men “uniforms in the early 90s and today wear a blue vest with white pants.
What they did
In 1965, the auxiliary members worked in the following areas:
• Taking coffee and newspapers to the patients before breakfast
• Manning the information desks
• Helping the linen room and distributing linens
• Delivering notes, flowers and mail to the patients
• Running errands and providing escort service for patients arriving and leaving the hospital
• Assisting on the medical and surgical floors
• Helping in sterile storage
• Emergency room
• In charge of the sewing room
• Keeping records of admissions and dismissals.
• Notified a church when a member was admitted
• Purchasing items that are needed for hospital
• Awarded scholarships to needed medical students
• Take newborn photos
50 years later: The GRMC Volunteers
Today, the list of duties are much the same, assisting medical departments like Imaging, Endoscopy, Hospice, Marketing, Maintenance, Prescription Assistance Program, Wellness Center, Outpatient Surgery Center and Wound Care and assisting patients as they arrive, stay and leave GRMC.
Over the years the commitment and numbers of now, GRMC volunteers, continues to grow with 160 volunteers that equate to nearly 17 full-time employees. In the past 9 years, the GRMC volunteers have donated $1,000,623.00 towards medical equipment, new service development and hospital renovations.
Current GRMC Volunteer President, Sue Kaulfus says “Being a Volunteer at GRMC is an opportunity to be a part of one of the best programs in Texas. We wear our uniforms proudly as we work to greet each visitor to make them feel welcome and cared for. GRMC is a great place of which to be a part.”
Former Auxilary President Carline Lehnhoff, embraced the importance of the auxilians, stating that “it just wouldn’t be the same” if the auxilians weren’t there, she says. “There wouldn’t be that personal touch.” The same holds true fifty years later with the GRMC volunteers.
You too can join our volunteers’ long history of caring service to our community. Find out more about volunteer opportunities at GRMC.