NorthBay Health to Gear Up Volunteer Program Again

NorthBay Health’s volunteer program made a critical step forward in efforts to re-launch when it hired Robin Hunt as manager of Volunteer Services in May.

Robin comes to NorthBay from St. Joseph’s Medical Center and the Behavioral Health Center in Stockton, where she served as manager of Volunteer Services.

“It has been a long wait for this day,” said Paul McGinty, President of NorthBay Health Foundation. “Our faithful volunteers have been absent for three years and our system has desperately missed their touch — from their cheerful greetings and kind words, to the TLC volunteers offer our patients, and for tireless energy they have put in to support so many projects that benefit NorthBay. Through the years our volunteers have helped make our health system the best it can be for every patient, every encounter, every time, and we’re ready to get the program rolling again, with Robin’s guidance.”

Robin previously worked with Hospice of Michigan as a volunteer coordinator, joined Dignity Health in 2011 as Volunteer Services supervisor and then became regional manager of the Bakersfield market in 2016.

“Throughout the interview process I was impressed with the warmth I felt from everyone I encountered,” Robin noted. “This will be an easy transition and I already feel right at home.”

A meet-and-greet session between Robin and long-time volunteers was held in June, where attendees learned about upcoming plans to fully re-launch the program. Those plans include reviving the “Cuddler” program for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and assigning volunteers to help at both hospital’s front desks, with badging, patient and visitor escort, and wheelchair recovery assistance.

Other volunteer services are needed; to learn more, go to northbay.org/volunteer.

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