St. Luke's Volunteers Spotlight

"Volunteers are absolutely essential here at St. Luke's. From escorting patients to data entry, laundry to the gift shop, our volunteers are all over this hospital helping, smiling and bringing a positive presence to people on their best or worst day. I am incredibly fortunate to work with over 1,000 different individuals every year who give their time, passion and energy to helping others. Volunteers are a huge part of what makes St. Luke's Hospital so great and I am honored to work alongside such wonderful people." 
- Lauren Wittenburg, Volunteer Coordinator


Chris Montross, St. Luke's Pet Pals volunteers

Meet Chris in this KCRG-TV9  Show You Care story! 

Paul Rehn, Spiritual Care Chaplain

Meet Paul Rehn in this KCRG-TV9 story -- one of our dedicated volunteer chaplains! 


Harvey & Ellie Denlinger

Eucharistic  & Palliative Care Volunteers
1,028 Combined Lifetime Hours


Harvey and Ellie are a great team that help out in Eucharistic, Palliative Care and Hospice. They started volunteering after seeing the wonderful care hospice volunteers gave their son. They love hanging out with the patients and enjoy the connections made. When not volunteering, you can find these two just hanging out and going on fun day trips together. 

What employees are saying about Harvey and Ellie:

"Harvey & Ellie volunteer as a team with hospice and palliative care patients - they go above and beyond for patient needs and they are able to make bonds that make them more like friends or family. They have such big hearts and are so giving of their time to the community! We in Hospice and Palliative Care thank them for all they have done, all they are currently doing and all they will do that has yet to come!" - Katie Christensen, Hospice Coordinator  


Ed Hermann

West Desk Information & Escort

5,352  Lifetime Hours
15 years of service


Ed began volunteering because after his wife volunteered in the St. Luke's Gift Shop and volunteered him to volunteer also. Prior to retiring he was a social studies and history teacher. His favorite subject to teach was the Westward Movement. 

What is most rewarding about volunteering to Ed is the ability to assist those who need help. His most memorable moment as a volunteer was in 2008 when a woman walked in and dropped off a basket to him one day. After she left Ed took it to the ER because he thought it was a delivery. To his surprise there was a baby in it! It was a Safe Haven drop off. 

What employees are saying about Ed:

"Ed is on time, reliable, and always willing to help out at the West Desk!"  - Cerenna Chalhoub, Outpatient Registration

"Ed is quiet but always willing to help. He comes in for his shift on time, never hesitates on request to escort, push a wheel chair etc. One thing I really admire about Ed is his attitude when he makes a run for us and no one is there for him to escort. He comes back and lets us know that someone else got the Patient/visit or the floor changed their mind and did not need a volunteer. He just has a casual attitude like "oh well" that is life. I have enjoyed working with him and look forward to more time with him as a volunteer." - Mary Morgan, Scheduling/Registration Services




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