Volunteers Needed

new green gift shop logo vector filesThe Duke Regional Hospital Auxiliary needs volunteers to staff their gift shop, The Giftique. Do you have four hours to give each week? Volunteers assist customers with purchases, restock merchandise and work the cash register. Training is provided.

The Giftique is located just inside the main entrance of the hospital on the third floor. The shop offers a wide array of gift items including cards, flower arrangements, stuffed animals, baby gifts, jewelry, books, snacks and toiletries.

The hospital Auxiliary helps raise funds to support Duke Regional programs and services through The Giftique, the daily fundraiser operated by the Auxiliary and staffed by volunteers. They also hold fundraising sales throughout the year.

Click here to learn more about The Giftique.

Visit The Giftique at Duke Regional Hospital

DSC_5545Looking for the perfect gift? Visit The Giftique, located just inside the main entrance (3rd floor) of Duke Regional. The boutique, managed by Duke Regional Hospital Auxiliary, offers an array of gifts including cards, flower arrangements, stuffed animals, baby gifts and jewelry. Books, snacks and toiletries are also available.

Family members and friends can call The Giftique at 919-470-4149 to purchase a flower arrangement that will be personally delivered to the patient’s room. (Please check with the patient’s nurse before sending live flowers or plants.) For added convenience, The Giftique also rents and sells Medela breast pumps and accessories.

All proceeds from The Giftique go toward helping fund special projects for Duke Regional Hospital and to benefit our patients. From renovating the waiting room on Labor and Delivery to purchasing patient belonging bags, the Auxiliary has made a difference to the hospital and our patients.

Store Hours:
Monday through Friday: 10 am to 5 pm (Closing Wednesdays at 4 pm)
Saturday and Sunday: hours vary

Claudette Meeks Junior Volunteer Award Winners Announced

The Duke Regional Hospital Auxiliary established the Claudette Meeks Junior Volunteer Award in 2012 in memory of Claudette Meeks, a woman dedicated to improving the lives of those around her. Ms. Meeks reflected a “spirit of giving” through her leadership and interactions with others.

The award, given annually to a junior volunteer who displays the characteristics of Ms. Meeks’, was presented to Shane Jones and Jasia Torain during the Junior Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon held August 6, 2014 at Duke Regional Hospital (DRH).

As Shane and Jasia were outstanding and received enthusiastic nominations from staff, the Auxiliary decided to present both of them with the $500 award. Take a moment to read some praise from their nominators.


Shane Jones, Junior Volunteer, and Jim Farrell, President of Duke Regional Hospital Auxiliary

“Unit 5-2 has been extremely lucky to have Shane Jones as a volunteer for the past two years. He works exceptionally well not only with our team, but also with patients and visitors. He has a positive and upbeat attitude that resonates throughout the unit,” said Jessica Lumb, RN, Unit 5-2.

Shane played a significant role in enhancing the junior unit navigator program. “With his prior experience as a junior volunteer, Shane has diligently coached and mentored our new volunteers. This has helped to get our volunteer team comfortable and efficient with their responsibilities,” continued Lumb.


Jasia Torain, Junior Volunteer, and members of Duke Regional Hospital’s Human Resources Department

“Jasia Torain is a great addition to our Human Resources team. She consistently presents a cheerful, positive and professional image to our staff and clients. She is always smiling, helpful, considerate and respectful,” said the Human Resources Team.

Jasia returned to the department for the fourth and final year before she attends college. “We consider Jasia to be part of the Human Resources family and were delighted to learn she wants to get a degree in Human Resources,” said Wendi S. Austin, Assistant Director of Human Resources at DRH.

Thirty teenagers successfully completed the hospital’s eight-week Junior Volunteer Program, serving in several inpatient care areas and departments throughout the hospital.

“Each summer the hospital offers volunteer opportunities for teens 15-18 years of age,” says Carol Swanson, Manager for Guest and Volunteer Services. “We are grateful for their efforts and especially enjoy the energy they bring to Duke Regional.”


The Giftique

The Giftique, Duke Regional Hospital’s gift shop, is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Weekend hours vary. The Giftique is located just inside the main entrance of the hospital on the third floor. The shop is staffed and managed by the Duke Regional Hospital Auxiliary.

Visitors will find a wide array of gift items including cards, flower arrangements, stuffed animals, baby gifts, jewelry, books, snacks, and toiletries. The Giftique also rents and sells Medela Breast pumps and accessories.

Family members and friends can call the Giftique at 919-470-4149 to purchase a flower arrangement that will be personally delivered to the patient’s room.

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Holiday Jewelry Sale to Benefit Hospital

Duke Regional Hospital’s Auxiliary is holding a Holiday Jewelry Sale on Thursday, November 7, 2013 to raise funds to support hospital programs and services. The public is invited to the sale, which will be held from 8 am to 4 pm in the First Level Classroom at Duke Regional. Shoppers will received FREE sunglasses or CZ earrings with purchase of $100 or more. Cash and credit cards are accepted.

Click here to see a list of upcoming sales.

The mission of Duke Regional Hospital’s Auxiliary is to assist in the delivery of comprehensive health care to the community by providing the best possible services to meet the needs and expectations of patients, staff and the community, to provide personal growth and development opportunities for volunteers of all cultures, and to support the corporation in fulfilling its goals and objectives. The purpose of the Auxiliary is to raise funds for the hospital. To learn more, visit dukeregional.org

Volunteer Roundup

Yesterday, Duke Regional Hospital recognized some essential members of our team – our volunteers!

“Duke Regional volunteers are the best! They serve throughout the hospital assisting our patients, their loved ones and our staff,” says Carol Swanson, MBA, manager of Volunteer Services and Corporate Communications at Duke Regional. “We hold a luncheon each year to express our appreciation for their efforts and recognize volunteers who have achieved milestones for their service.”


Volunteers Ron Fochler and Cloria Lewis

Individuals achieving service milestones in fiscal year 2013:

  • Ron Fochler: 1,000 hours
  • Cloria Lewis: 1,000 hours
  • Jim Farrell: 4,000 hours


    Carol Swanson, Manager of Volunteer Services & Corporate Communications, with volunteer and current Auxiliary President, Jim Farrell

Louise Satterwhite, guest navigator and past president of Duke Regional Hospital’s Auxiliary, was awarded Volunteer of the Year for 2013.

“Louise has made significant contributions to Duke Regional both as a leader of the Auxiliary and as a guest navigator,” says Swanson. “Under her leadership, the Auxiliary made great strides in enhancing electronic record keeping and automating fundraising processes. These efforts led to increased funding for patient care and satisfaction programs. Louise also volunteers two days a week assisting with special projects and discharging patients through our Guest Navigator service.”


Carol Swanson presents flowers to Louise Satterwhite, 2013 Volunteer of the Year

Additionally, Duke Regional recognized retirees Doris Breeze, Anne Gregory, Maxie Honeycutt, Patricia McIntre and Helen Stahl. These women have donated their time and talents to the hospital for many years.


Volunteer retirees Doris Breeze, Helen Stahl and Maxie Honeycutt

Since the hospital opened its doors in 1976, volunteers have played a key role in helping achieve our mission “to care for our patients, nurturing the sick and strengthening the well, and to improve the health of the communities we serve.”

During fiscal year 2013, 196 volunteers provided 23,700 hours of service. Visit dukeregional.org to learn more about volunteering at Duke Regional.

Junior volunteers make a difference

Duke Regional Hospital welcomed 28 junior vol­unteers June 14. The team has assisted employees with many tasks, including completing errands and special projects, and assisting patients with greeting, way finding and their discharge from the hospital.

Jim Farrell and Veronica Walker

Volunteer Coordinator Jim Farrell presents the Claudette Meeks Junior Volunteer Award to Veronica Walker.

Veronica Walker, a graduate of Northern High School in Durham, was awarded the Claudette Meeks Junior Volun­teer Award by the Duke Regional Hospital Auxiliary. The annual award honors the memory of Claudette Meeks, former Volunteer Services manager who passed away in 2012, and the award will be presented each year to a graduate or rising high school senior who exemplifies the spirit of giving for which Claudette was known. Veronica has volunteered two summers at Duke Regional, and has assisted in a number of departments, including Pharmacy.

Each summer, DRH offers volunteer opportunities for teens 15 to 18 years of age, providing an excellent opportunity for them to interact with healthcare profes­sionals and learn in a medical environment.

Applications for next summer will be accepted January 1-April 1, 2014. Visit dukeregional.org/about/volunteer or contact Volunteer Services at 919-470-4150 for information.