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What's Working to Keep Rising Health Care Costs Down in the Yakima Valley

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YAKIMA, Wash. - Memorial Hospital's volunteers are saving the community a lot of money. Joe Douglas has been a volunteer at Memorial Hospital for the past 14 years. He's a retired Aerospace Company executive and now he has the hospital's inter-office mail down to a science.

Joe says he knows it's a two mile route once around, and to make things more efficient, Joe has offices that are way down the hall put flags up if they have outgoing mail.

The hospital currently has 320 volunteers and Memorial recently recorded its one millionth volunteer hour since opening in 1950.

Volunteers, like Joe, have saved the hospital almost 90 thousand dollars in the last year and Memorial has been able to pass the savings along to the community.

Ann Henning, Volunteer Program Director says, "They are really the heart and soul of the hospital because they care so much about giving back to the community."

 

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