Hospital Volunteers History

Our organization began as a hospital auxillary to the Venice Hospital, in 1951 by a group of women (wives of doctors, businessmen and other prominent women) from the Venice community. It developed and

Primary Service

The HVV's primary purpose is to support the Venic Regional Bayfront Health's vision to be the healthcare provider of choice. Our Volunteers provide compassionate care in over 50 departments/services t

Be a Part of Something Special !

The Hospital Volunteers of Venice, with nearly 600 dedicated members, support the advancement of the entire health care system.

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We accomplish this goal, by assisting the professional staffs, in providing comfort and care to patients and their families.  We generate funds which are used to provide grants, donations and scholarships for continuing medical education.

A wide variety of oppurtunities are available throughout the health care system for volunteers ages 14 years and up. Prospective volunteers are interviewed for placement, attend an orientation session, and receive on-the-job training. The minimum commitment required is four (4) hours per week on an ongoing basis, with seasonal placements available for at least four months. For more information, contact Ingrid Tetreault, Volunteer Services Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (941)483-7050.

What Hospital Volunteers is About

Our Philosophy of Volunteer Service »

The HVV is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, a separate entity from our partner, Venice Regional Bayfront Health and its affiliate, the HealthPark. Our mission is to support the hospital in its objective of providing compassionate and dedicated care to all those who are in distress of mind or body. We serve patients, their families and the community through the hospital and HealthPark. We greet patients and families at curbside as they arrive. We provide them with free valet parking --the best deal in Sarasota County-- during their stay. We assist them in the registration process. We escort them to where they have to be within the hospital or HealthPark. And we serve as their advocates, to assure that they are treated with expertise, care and respect. The hospital provides space for us to run income generating enterprises such as Lifeline, the Elephant's Trunk Thrift Store and the Korner Gift Shoppe. We use the income from those activities for the benefit of (1)students seeking scholarships funds for pursuing careers in healthcare, (2)patients and visitors who get all that free valet parking, and (3)other nonprofit organizations such as Tidewell Hospice, South County Food Pantry and the Boys and Girls Clubs.

Hospital Volunteer Contributions

Hospital Volunteers of Venice

who serve the Venice Regional Medical Center,
have contributed to the
following...

  • Hospital Valet Parking.
  • Medical Scholarships.
  • Medical Engineers.
  • Marine Corps League
  • Waterway Beautification
  • Venice High School
  • Venice Little Theatre
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church
  • First Baptist Church
  • Newspaper to hosptial patients
  • Prescriptions for Indegent patients
  • American Cancer Society
  • Lifeline Services for Indegent Patients
  • Lions Club
  • Christmas Mission
  • Senior Friendship Center
  • Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Venice Regional Medical Center
  • others...

Meet Some Volunteers

Bill Baxter

 

As an escort, Bill Baxter takes patients via wheelchair wherever they need to go.

Dean Laux

 

Dean Laux edits and publishes the HVV News Quarterly and also writes a newspaper column on hospital happenings.

Dick Fenstermaker

Dick Fenstermaker has been a courier, mail deliverer, Information Desk clerk, and Vice President/Patient Services. He'll be the HVV's next president.

Jim Myers

 

Nonagenarian Jim Myers works in the ER on Tuesday mornings.

Jim Shook

 

Treasurer Jim Shook keeps track of the HVV's finances.

Junie Fontana

 

Former HVV President Junie Fontana tends our money making popcorn machine.

Katie Bliss

 

Katie Bliss, the "lady in the hat", is a meeting planner and a patient escort.

Dale and Rita Gideon

 

Dale & Rita Gideon work together - she at the front desk in the HealthPark, he installing life saving medical alert devices for the hospital.

  • Grants & Donations
  • Our History
  • Our Purpose

This past fiscal year we operated the Elephant's Trunk Thrift Shop, the hospital's Korner Gift Shoppe and the Lifeline Medical Alert service, and

we also sponsored and conducted numerous special events and fund-raisers within the Venice community. Profits from these activities were returned to the community in the form of scholarships, grants and donations. For the fiscal year we paid out a record $234,468. Since its inception the HVV has made grants and donations to the Venice community totaling $8.3 million.

The Hospital Volunteers of Venice began operations in 1951 as an auxiliary arm of what is now Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

Its' earliest members were active and interested women, many of them the wives of physicians or local businessmen. Over the years the HVV grew in numbers and impact as it assumed increasing responsibility in serving the hospital's staff, patients and families in the local community. Now the HVV has over 600 men and women in its corps of volunteers, the highest ratio of volunteers to hospital beds in greater Southwest Florida.

The HVV's primary purpose is to support the Venice Regional Bayfront Health's vision to be the healthcare provider of choice.

Our Volunteers provide compassionate care in over 50 departments/services throughout Venice Regional Bayfront Health and the HealthPark.