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Volunteer Spotlight: Rehabilitation Engineering

April 06, 2014

National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, is a great time to acknowledge and thank the volunteers that make a such a big difference our patient’s lives.

To be a volunteer is to be a special kind of someone who is at the center of social change by making a difference every day.

This year is the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Week . Craig Hospital is lucky enough to have about 165 volunteers who regularly give their time and talents around the hospital. These volunteers contribute in a variety of ways, some with very unique skills.

One department that benefits from volunteers with a very specific skill set is the Rehabilitation Engineering department.

Left to Right: Patrick Wagner, staff David Birkle, Peter Pauwels, Bill Strickland, Bob Birkle

Jim Leach, James Kayser

Jim Leach, James Kayser

These Rehabilitation Engineering volunteers spend one day a week helping Dave Birkle, Craig Hospital’s Rehabilitation Engineer.

By scheming, trouble-shooting and creating equipment, these dedicated volunteers invent solutions for a variety of patient goals and needs.

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to talk with Dave Birkle or to witness one of his solutions, you’ll know he has sharp mind paired with an unwavering desire to create functional and optimal designs for the patients he helps. Having said that, Dave claims to be in the presence of geniuses and “mad scientists” when working with the talented engineers that volunteer with him in the engineering shop. From welding, to engineering sip and puff fishing poles, each engineer brings a specific and special talent to the shop at Craig.

In June 2014, Jill Stelley Virden, Volunteer Coordinator at Craig Hospital will award this group with the “Jim Richards’ Outstanding Volunteers of the Year,” award.

“Thank you, Patrick, Bill, Bob, Jim, Peter, and James for your assistance in making Craig Hospital a “world class” rehab hospital.”
– Jill Stelley Virden.

Thank you to all of our Craig Hospital volunteers. You are the heart and soul of what makes Craig so much more than a hospital.