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National Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 17-23

April 14, 2022 

HSHS hospitals recognize dedication and compassion of volunteers

Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls, Wis.  –  In honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls recognize the hard work, dedication and compassion of hospital volunteers.

“Our volunteers do a wonderful job in assisting our ministries and patients,” says Brandi Sikora, volunteer services manager for HSHS hospitals in Western Wisconsin. “We are grateful these community members have chosen our hospitals to give their time and talent.”

Volunteer efforts include welcoming and escorting patients; working in the hospital gift shops; filing; assisting families of patients in surgery; holding book and bake sales to raise money for community scholarships; flower deliveries to patients; coordination of the hospitals’ Love Lights ceremonies and more.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on our ability to welcome volunteers into our hospitals we are once again able to accept their help, in a limited capacity based on evolving COVID-19 protocols, and want to recognize the hundreds of hours they have donated.

In 2021, HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals had a combined 195 volunteers who donated 21,400 hours to our ministries.

Our hospitals welcome new volunteers year-round. Those interested in learning more, or signing up, can contact the Volunteer Services Office:

HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital: (715) 7171-4255 or

HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital: (715) 717-7439 or




About HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1889, it has been meeting patient needs in western Wisconsin with the latest medical innovations and technology, together with a Franciscan whole-person healing tradition.

About HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1885, it has served the people of the Chippewa Falls area with health care that is high tech and high touch. Known locally for the quality of the care it provides patients, the hospital has been recognized nationally for its outstanding patient satisfaction levels. 

About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our physician practices and 15 local hospitals in two states - Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries,  and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit

National Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 17-23
Media Contact

Karen Kraus

Communications Department HSHS Wisconsin