St. Francis Hospital Recognizes New Generation of Volunteers During National Volunteer Week
ROSLYN, NY – Contrary to popular belief, retirement isn’t the only perfect time to become a volunteer. Recently, a growing number of young people who are full-time students but also work part-time jobs to pay their tuition are managing to find a place in their busy schedules to give back to others. In light of their dedication, St. Francis Hospital is recognizing its next generation of volunteers during National Volunteer Week, from April 6 to 12.
“It’s really amazing to see these volunteers come to the hospital before and after classes—and sometimes in between their work schedules—in an effort to help others,” said Kimberley Arlotta, director of volunteers at St. Francis. “Some of them even volunteered during their spring breaks, which is a true reflection of their total dedication.”
St. Francis currently has more than one hundred junior volunteers, comprising about a fourth of the hospital’s volunteer force. Last year, volunteers donated almost 70,000 hours of free services, saving the hospital hundreds of thousands of dollars that would otherwise be spent on salary costs.
“I actually work my job schedule around my volunteer hours so I can put volunteering first, thanks to my bosses who understand how much it means to me,” said 22-year-old Emily Masiello, who is taking classes at the State University at Farmingdale to become a physical therapist and also works part-time as a restaurant hostess. “I love coming to the hospital and helping people,” said Emily, who volunteers eight hours a week at St. Francis.
For 18-year old Ezequiel Rodriguez, volunteering at a heart center has provided him with a real life look at what he hopes to be one day—a cardiac surgeon. “I volunteer in the surgical waiting rooms and really enjoy being able to help patients and their families,” said the aspiring medical student.
About St. Francis Hospital
St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center®, is New York State’s only specialty designated cardiac center and a nationally recognized leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cardiac disease. St. Francis is ranked one of the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report and has earned the prestigious Magnet® designation for nursing excellence. A leader in cardiovascular care for more than 50 years, St. Francis Hospital also offers an outstanding program in vascular, prostate, ear-nose-throat (ENT), abdominal, oncologic, gastrointestinal and orthopedic surgery. St. Francis is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island (CHS). Contact us at 1.888.HEART.NY or visit us at www.stfrancisheartcenter.com.