TAVs make meaningful contribution to SAMC
It's summertime and that means SAMC's TeenAge Volunteers (TAVs) are helping in Outpatient, ER Registration, Women's Center, Wound Care and other departments. They assemble admission packets, do mail-outs, alphabetize and file papers along with various other office related duties.
TAVs also help transport patients and deliver supplies and flowers. This year we have several TAVs who are interested in the medical field and have been observing and helping on nursing floors, Rehabilitation Services and in Radiology.
"We always look forward to the TAVs coming every summer," said Cari Zhang, RN, director, 7-East/Cardiovascular. "We keep them busy designing bulletin boards, putting our patient education materials together, stocking our rooms with Star Cards, answering the call light. I've been very impressed with the TAVs this year."
Zhang went on to say that last week Hannah Worley, a 9th grader and daughter of Regina Worley of MedNet, completed a bulletin board and then took the time to speak to nurses about becoming a nurse. Worley took every opportunity to learn about nursing while being a benefit to SAMC as a volunteer.
Volunteer director Jamie Weeks says the TAVs like to stay busy so they are willing to do "pretty much anything to help out."
Alex Gauldin, son of Chris Gauldin, PA of Southeastern (11262) Cardiovascular Associates, says being a TAV has been a great experience. "I get to go all over the hospital delivering supplies," Gauldin says. "I especially enjoy delivering equipment into the patient rooms because I get to visit with them briefly and I believe it helps them feel a little better."
The TAVs have begun fundraising efforts for 2016 senior scholarships. Money raised through bake sales, lollipop sales, hot dog sales and book fairs go to the scholarship fund and Senior TAVs can apply for scholarships if they meet certain criteria. In the photo above, Alex Reynolds, TAV President; son of Emmie Reynolds in OT, counts and bags lollipops. Lollipops sell for a dollar and come in a variety of flavors.