Hospital Initiatives that Benefit Patients and Visitors

 Proceeds from Volunteer Services businesses and partnerships fund in-house programs and projects benefitting patients and families.  Do you have an idea to improve the patient/family experience here but need funds to make it happen?  You can request money from Volunteers!  For more information:

Items recently funded by Volunteer Services:

Following is a list of programs that previously benefitted from proceeds from Volunteer Services-sponsored businesses: 

  1. Alzheimer Caregiver Program
  2. Art posters for patient rooms
  3. Arts and crafts supplies for pediatric oncology
  4. Bicycle safety education program
  5. Blanket warmer for bone marrow transplant patients
  6. Bone Marrow Transplant volunteer tissue typing
  7. Brain injury information booklets
  8. Cancer Survivors Day Celebrations
  9. Cardiothoracic surgery patient education programming
  10. Cherished Portraits program, a free service for families of children with life threatening illnesses, at end of life or who have had a child die
  11. Computers for patients on ventilators in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit
  12. Critical care ambulance
  13.  E-mail a Patient program
  14. Emergency Department Teen drinking/driving education program
  15. Eyeglass cases for ambulatory surgery patients
  16.  Furry Friends - Family Pet and Certified Dog Visitation Programs
  17. Geriatric nursing fall protection programming
  18. Geriatric psychiatry activity room
  19. Heartbeats hospital choir music and supplies
  20. Helen K. Rossi Volunteer Guest House
  21.  "Here's Looking at Me" program
  22. Hope Lodge
  23. Hospital tutoring program
  24. Hydrotherapy shower cart for burn patients
  25. Incentive prizes and waiting room toys for pediatric radiology
  26. Labor and Delivery family visitor waiting area
  27.  "Look Good, Feel Better" program
  28. Medical Intensive Care Unit Waiting Room
  29. Memories Video Program for patients with life-threatening illnesses
  30. Mother's Milk Bank
  31. Music system for MRI patients
  32. New Ronald McDonald House van
  33. Nursing Clinical Education Center Library
  34. Palliative Care Unit furnishings
  35. Parent Connection and neonatal reunions
  36. Patient needlecraft supplies
  37. Patients' Library support
  38. Pediatric clothes closet
  39. Instruments and music library for Music Therapy program
  40. Player piano for main lobby
  41. Reach Out and Read program
  42. Reading materials for Day of Surgery lounge
  43. Recliner chairs for renal patients
  44. Relaxation system for burn patients
  45. Ronald McDonald House remodel
  46. Scholarships for Speech Camp
  47. Sleep kits for "Hush campaign" pilot
  48. Snacks for the Day of Surgery lounge
  49. Socks and stuffing to make sock monkey dolls for pediatric patients
  50. Staffed bus trip for Pulmonary Rehab patients
  51. Statewide poison control 800 number
  52. STAXI wheelchairs house-wide
  53. Surgical Intensive Care Unit waiting area remodel
  54. Teaching folders for surgical patients
  55. Touching Hearts pediatric bereavement programming
  56. Turbans for patients with hair loss and neurosurgery craniotomy patients
  57. TVs for each patient station in Dialysis
  58. Web TV for Bone Marrow Transplant patients
  59. Weekly patient Bingo programming
  60. White boards for communication at patient bedside

Scholarships

Volunteer Services sponsors several scholarship programs:

Graduating Senior Volunteer Scholarship

Graduating high school seniors who have been accepted by an accredited college or university and have volunteered a minimum of 100 hours with us are eligible for scholarships at a minimum of $500. These scholarships are funded by earnings from the Wild Rose Gifts, Fourth Floor Salon, Rooftop Café, and food carts.

Guy L. Harris Memorial Scholarship

The graduating high school senior who accumulates the most hours of volunteer service at UI Hospitals and Clinics also receives the Guy L. Harris Memorial scholarship, in the amount of an additional $250. The special scholarship is made possible from contributions made in memory of lifetime volunteer Guy Harris.

Andrew W. Burchett College Student Leader Award

Any member of the College Student Leader Board with senior status who has contributed 150 volunteer hours with our program is eligible for this $500 scholarship named after our first Student Leader Board chairperson.

Members of the College Student Leader Board recruit, orient, and schedule student volunteers at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Students are honored for their outstanding leadership and service through these scholarships funded by earnings from the Wild Rose Gifts, Fourth Floor Salon, and Rooftop Café and carts, all providing services to patients, visitors and staff at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Norma Adams Scholarship

Norma Adams, RN, was the director of Volunteer Services from 1973 until her death in 1981. The scholarship was established in 1981 to memorialize and honor her unique contributions by assisting and encouraging University of Iowa students in health care fields.

All recipients must be Iowans, have demonstrated promise of high achievement in their chosen profession, and possess qualities of character and personality which will enhance those skills.

Each year a junior or senior from the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, the College of Nursing, and the College of Dentistry are each awarded $2,000.