JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Each year since World War II, every president has designated March as Red Cross Month, recognizing the services provided to people across the country and around the world. At Naval Hospital Jacksonville, American Red Cross volunteers contribute about 650 volunteer hours each month, and over 7,500 hours annually.
“Our untiring team of American Red Cross volunteers plays a vital role in supporting our patients,” said Capt. Matthew Case, NH Jacksonville commander. “Their contributions, kindness, and compassion are invaluable.”
The American Red Cross provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans, and families — at home and around the world. The Northeast Florida Chapter, founded in 1914, serves 13 counties.
At any given time, NH Jacksonville’s American Red Cross volunteers can be found counseling patients on personal and family issues; helping with plans and arrangements for emergency or convalescent leave; getting background information from patients for use by medical staff in diagnosis and treatment; providing for the reception and comfort of relatives of the seriously ill; and serving as NH Jacksonville ambassadors — lifting the spirits of patients, visitors and staff.
To find out about volunteering, call the Northeast Florida Chapter at 904-358-8091 or NH Jacksonville’s American Red Cross at 904-542-7525, or register online at www.redcross.org.
Naval Hospital Jacksonville and Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Jacksonville deliver quality health care, in an integrated system of readiness and health. NH Jacksonville includes five branch health clinics across Florida and Georgia. It serves 163,000 active-duty and retired sailors, Marines, soldiers, airmen, guardsmen, and their families, including about 83,000 patients who are enrolled with a primary care manager. To find out more, visit www.med.navy.mil/sites/navalhospitaljax.
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