Our Volunteers Make THE Difference
Over 100 women and men volunteer their time and talents to Jamestown Regional Medical Center and its Foundation every year. They are the difference in achieving our vision of becoming the best rural hospital in the country for patients to receive care, employees to work and providers to practice.
When you need a friendly "hello"
TeleCare is a free community service in which volunteers call individuals Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. to say a simple “hello” to individuals who may live alone, are vulnerable due to health or age-related issues or do not have anyone to check on them
Telecare gives peace of mind to our clients and their families. It can be a lifesaving service, but more importantly, it offers friendship, kindness and a connection to the community. If you or someone you know may be interested in this service, please call Regina Olson with JRMC Volunteer Services at (701) 952-4809 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
If you live alone, are homebound, disabled, or recuperating from an illness or injury Telecare may be just the resource to keep you connected and independent. If you are retired, widowed or a senior citizen, the friendship and kindness offered by our volunteers could be a source of comfort to you.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
A Telecare volunteer will call you weekday mornings between 8am-10am. If they are unable to reach you, arrangements are made to perform a welfare check by a person the client designates
WHAT DOES IT COST?
Our caring calls are completely free of charge and are provided by the JRMC Auxiliary and Volunteer Services.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
You can call JRMC Volunteer Services and you will be asked to provide general information, including the names of 1-2 alternate contacts. All information is kept confidential. The calls will begin shortly and can be stopped at any time by calling JRMC Volunteer Services.
HOW DO I BECOME A TELECARE VOLUNTEER?
If you are interested in volunteering as a Telecare caller, please call JRMC Volunteer Services using the number on this brochure. Calls are made from the comfort of your own home.
Sometimes we all need a "lift"
JRMC Driven to Care is a program providing transportation to JRMC patients, referred by social services, medical staff, home health, hospice or the volunteer coordinator, who need a ride home, or to be driven to a doctor appointment in Jamestown or the surrounding area up to 95 miles. The program even includes transportation of spouse or close relative, if the patient is taken by ambulance or air lifted.
If the person’s needs may be met through JRMC Driven to Care, the coordinator will match them with a volunteer driver. The requests that cannot be met by JRMC Driven to Care or do not fit our mission are declined or referred. Volunteers are contacted by the coordinator and are provided with the necessary background information about the person requesting care. This match is mutually agreed upon by both the care receiver and volunteer. Either party has a right to decline the match. The coordinator is available for consultation regarding any special problems that may arise.
Giving our Littlest Patients a Reason to Smile
Teachers said she talked too much. Her mother joked that her daughter was always up to something.
But that young girl grew into a kind-hearted young woman, whose mission was to serve children. Despite Kala Bercier’s sudden and untimely passing in 2013, her mission continues today.
Kala (Schroeder) Bercier grew up on her parents’ dairy farm in rural Gackle. She graduated from Gackle-Streeter. In 2000, she married Dale Bercier and together, the couple had two children, in addition to his two children from another relationship.
For the benefit of all of the kids, Kala volunteered in their activities. Her outgoing and chatty nature meant she was a natural soccer coach, religious education teacher, volunteer with Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, Victory Lutheran School fundraiser and active church participant.
“She just thought that raising those kids was her mission in life,” says Kala’s mother, Peggy Schroeder.
Schroeder, and her daughter Tanya, Kala’s younger sister, both work at Jamestown Regional Medical Center. Peggy is the unit clerk in the surgery center. Tanya is a radiology technologist.
Kala’s kind heart and outgoing nature also captured the heart of an anonymous donor. That donor made a gift in Kala’s name to JRMC Foundation.
“The gift provides items of comfort to children and their families,” says Foundation Director Lisa Jackson. In an emergency, parents and caregivers aren’t always prepared for a hospital stay.
“When someone in your family is sick, you rush to the hospital without thinking,” Jackson says. “An overnight bag with snacks, toys and a change of clothes is usually an afterthought.”
Kala’s Korner offers personal comfort items such as toothbrushes, deodorant, slippers, as well as toys or activity books for young patients and visitors.
“This is very good,” Peggy says of Kayla’s Korner. “If Kala were alive, this is something she would do.”
The mission of Kala’s Korner touched the hearts of the Jamestown Optimist Club and employees at Heritage Insurance in Jamestown.
“We wanted to make an impact where it was needed,” says Steve Bossert, agent at Heritage Insurance.
Peggy appreciates these gifts, and the anonymous donor who started it all. She loses sleep sometimes, thinking of who the donor is and why that person chose Kala. But she is comforted too, knowing her daughter’s legacy is remembered in a project she’d have admired.
For more information on Kala’s Korner or to make a gift, call JRMC Foundation at (701) 952-4880.
The auxilians meet the first Monday of every month in support of JRMC’s mission. Auxiliary members proudly serve as ambassadors between the hospital and the community through increased community awareness, health-related education and fundraising initiatives. They conduct events, host speakers and make crafts; among many other activities.
In addition to volunteer support, annually, the Auxiliary hosts:
- Tea for All Seasons
- Spring & Holiday Bazaar
- Salad Luncheon
- major annual campaigns
- monthly dessert and education
- free flu shots and blood screening for TB
- an invitation to the annual JRMC Volunteer Appreciation event
Submit your application to volunteer at JRMC and be THE difference too. We will give you a call upon receiving your application.