Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring - all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Volunteers at Hulston Cancer Center make an important difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families. A diagnosis of cancer is overwhelming and the added stress of navigating through a complex medical center can be paralyzing. As a volunteer in the Hulston Ambassador Program, the kind of personal attention, compassion and unselfish caring that you can provide is vitally important.
What is the role of a Volunteer Ambassador?
Ø Greeting patients and their families
Ø Escorting patients and their families to physician appointments and parking facilities
Ø Visiting with patients and families in waiting areas
Ø Anticipating the needs of patients
Ø Responding to questions regarding cancer information resources and support services
Ø Referring patients to appropriate support staff
Ø Providing patients and families with information about the Springfield area
Ø Taking the book cart around to patients while they receive treatment
Ø Assisting staff with special projects and various miscellaneous duties
For an application or more information on becoming a volunteer at Hulston Cancer Center, call Volunteer Services at 417/269-4169.
Advances in health care and oncology occur rapidly, and funding is essential to capitalize on these changes and exceed the needs and expectations of our patients. Generous gifts from individuals in our community create a vista of hope to those we serve. Hulston Cancer Center is fortunate to have a variety of funds that have been established to assist in providing services to our community.
Glauser Oncology Fund
The Glauser Oncology Fund was created in 1998 by James and Rosemary Glauser. This fund supports the services, clinical practices and technological advancements at Hulston Cancer Center. The Cancer Prevention & Screening Guidebook, an informational booklet that outlines important health information for the prevention and early detection of cancer is provided free to the community thanks to the Glauser Fund. Another service provided by this fund is the Patient Advocacy program. Through this program, Patient Advocates work one-on-one with newly diagnosed cancer patients to identify their needs and match them with available resources to help.
Allenbrand Endowment Fund
The Rick and Lori Allenbrand Endowment Fund was established through the CoxHealth Foundation in 2000 to offer hope, education and support to people affected by cancer. The Allenbrand Resource Center and Library, made possible through this endowment, opened in January 2003. This center provides patients and their loved ones access to information and research about cancer and its treatment. Over 200 people per day utilize the center, and educational programs and group meetings are offered monthly.
Cancer Endowment Fund
The Cancer Endowment Fund provides free community cancer screenings and assists with urgent financial needs of cancer patients. Donations are often given as a memorial or honorarium. Each year several hundred people benefit from this fund by participating in screenings for prostate and skin cancer.
Jane A. Meyer Endowment Fund
Ken E. Meyer established the Jane A. Meyer Endowment Fund in honor of his late wife. This fund supports the Healing Through Music program at CoxHealth. Therapeutic music is available at the inpatient bedside and at other locations throughout the hospital. The musicians involved with this program have created a "Sounds of Healing" CD to help support this fund. This collection of music is intended to encourage the healing process. All proceeds benefit the Healing Through Music Program.
Joyce Schwandt Memorial Fund
The Joyce Schwandt Library, located in the Women's Center, is supported by the Joyce Schwandt Memorial Fund. Joyce Schwandt was the coordinator of the Women's Center Breast Care Clinic. Upon her death from breast cancer, her family established this fund to provide books and other educational materials to women through a free lending library.
To make a donation or find out more about giving opportunities at Hulston Cancer Center, please call CoxHealth Foundation at 417/269-7150.