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Paynesville Press - December 8, 2004

PAHCS gets volunteer coordinator

By Bonnie Jo Hanson

jenniferJennifer Shinn is looking for a few good volunteers. As the new volunteer coordinator and foundation director for the Paynesville Area Health Care System, recruiting volunteers is just one of her many duties.

Shinn started working at PAHCS in September. Her job entails determining where volunteers are needed and placing volunteers in areas where they will be the most beneficial.

For instance, a new program includes volunteer greeters at the clinic, one of whom is already in place; administrative volunteers; one-on-one volunteers to visit patients; cafeteria volunteers; volunteers for activities; and nursing station volunteers to perform non-nursing duties such as delivering meals to patients.

Finding the right volunteer for each area could bring some much-needed energy to PAHCS, she said

. As the foundation director, Shinn will be responsible for fund-raising and administering charitable donations to the PAHCS Foundation. These donations can be used for a variety of purposes, according to Shinn. Currently she is working on fundraising for a new meditation room at the hospital and a patio at the nursing home in Watkins.

Shinn began her career working on a development program at Southwest State University in Marshall, where she focused on raising scholarship money for students.

Shinn graduated from the University of Minnesota with degrees in psychology, social work, and nursing home administration. Currently, she's in graduate school studying philanthropy and development. She believes her position at PAHCS is a good fit because it uses her skills in foundation development in a health care setting, which was important to her.

Shinn, a native of Granite Falls, lives in Cold Spring with her husband Jim. She enjoys family outings with her husband and their children.

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