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
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
As an escort, Bill Baxter takes patients via wheelchair wherever they need to go.
Dean Laux edits and publishes the HVV News Quarterly and also writes a newspaper column on hospital happenings.
Dick Fenstermaker has been a courier, mail deliverer, Information Desk clerk, and HVV President Emeritus.
Nonagenarian Jim Myers works in the ER on Tuesday mornings.
Treasurer Frank Collins keeps track of the HVV's finances.
Current HVV President Bob Bartholomew.
Katie Bliss, the "lady in the hat", is a meeting planner and a patient escort.
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.