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Published on April 29, 2014

UHS Celebrates Nursing Week and Auxilian Day

2014 Nursing Week Events

UHS will be celebrating the 2014 Nursing Week May 5-9, 2014, which corresponds with National Nurses Week.  Nurses Week is an annual event starting on May 6 and ending on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.  Nursing Assistants Week is combined at UHS to make one celebration to recognize the contribution of our nursing teams in providing excellence in care and service of our patients.

At UHS Hospitals, selected nurses and support staff will be recognized in the Seventh Annual UHS Nursing Awards. Unit Councils and Nurse Managers will be making the selection of one licensed and one unlicensed staff members that exemplify the provision of exceptional patient care in their work area.  Special Nursing Celebration receptions will be held on May 6 at UHS Binghamton General Hospital and on May 8 at UHS Wilson Medical Center.  On May 7 the “Blessing of the Hands” ceremony will be held by UHS Chaplains rounding on the units at UHS Wilson Medical Center and UHS Binghamton General Hospital.

Governor Cuomo Proclaims May 7 as Health Care Auxilian Day

Governor Andrew Cuomo has proclaimed May 7, 2014 as Health Care Auxilian Day in New York State to recognize the dedicated auxiliary members who donate more than five million hours of service each year to their health care facilities and to their communities. 

UHS Binghamton General Hospital, UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital, UHS Delaware Valley Hospital, UHS Wilson Medical Center and UHS Senior Living at Ideal are fortunate to have a strong cadre of very active auxiliary members who work diligently to support the hospitals’ mission to provide excellent patient - centered care.  Auxilians initiate, fund and volunteer for a wide variety of patient and family care services.  They raise funds for hospital equipment, improvements and services.  There are approximately 850 volunteers throughout the UHS system. In 2013, UHS auxilians donated over 103,500 hours, valued at over $2,250,000.  Their fundraising allowed them to contribute generously to the hospitals they support. Recent donations included $40,377 to UHS Binghamton General Hospital; $12,000 to UHS Wilson Medical Center; $38,500 to UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital; and $14,000 to UHS Delaware Valley Hospital.

UHS Binghamton General Hospital and UHS Wilson Medical Center recognized their auxilians and volunteers at an April 8 luncheon, and they will celebrate again with an auxiliary board of directors breakfast in July.  UHS Delaware Valley Hospital honored their volunteers with an appreciation luncheon in April. UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital honored their volunteers with a breakfast buffet April 10 and will celebrate again at their annual volunteer appreciation luncheon in May.  

For information about volunteering at UHS, contact the following:

- Jeanne Carangelo, Manager of UHS Volunteer Services at UHS Binghamton General Hospital and UHS Wilson Medical Center, at 762-2318
- Julie Clarke, Director of Volunteer Services at UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital at 337-4151
- Mary Hunter, President of UHS Delaware Valley Hospital Auxiliary at 865-5707.