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Arlene Linder, representing Douglas County Hospital, and Paulette Friday, representing Friends of Knute, are shown with the Health Care Volunteer Day proclamation. (Contributed photo)

Volunteers make impact, save money in health care

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Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton presented a proclamation deeming April 10, 2013 as Health Care Volunteer Day.

LaDean Moen of Alexandria, president of the Health Care Auxiliary of Minnesota (HCAM), was on hand to receive the proclamation.

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She represented Knute Nelson. The Douglas County Hospital is also a member of HCAM.

Some key points noted in the proclamation:

• HCAM represents more than 23,000 volunteers who serve at 100 hospitals and aging services care centers across Minnesota.

• Health care volunteers in Minnesota served more than 1.5 million hours in 2011, valued at more than $34 million.

• Health care volunteers raised more than $6.5 million in 2011 to improve the quality of health care in the communities where they live and serve.

• Health care volunteers advocate on behalf of the health and well-being of the citizens of Minnesota.

National Health Care Volunteer Week recognizes and celebrates the outstanding contributions of volunteers in supporting patients, residents, their families and communities.

Locally, Knute Nelson volunteers contributed more than 6,800 recorded hours of service throughout the organization in 2012, including wellness, care center, Nelson Gables and Grand Arbor.

At Douglas County Hospital, the volunteers contributed 20,015 hours.

According to the Independent Sector, the dollar value per hour for volunteers is $22.14 in 2012.

For more information about volunteering at Knute Nelson, contact Judy Thielke, life enhancement director, at (320) 763-1162 or jthielke

@knutenelson.org.

For information about volunteering at Douglas County Hospital, contact Vickie Olmschenk, director of auxiliary and volunteer programs, at (320) 762-6024 or volmschenk@dchospital.com.

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