Michigan HealthCare Volunteer Resource Professionals
July 2014

In This Issue
Treasurer Needed
We are still looking for a treasurer to join our board. If you are interested, please contact Rachel or Sarah
2014-2015 MHVRP Board
Rachel Selgo

Sarah Knochel


Linda Smith

Sarah Knochel

Karen VanCura

Donna Martorano
Education Chair

Kim Francis
Education Co-chair 
Kristyn Ireland
Membership Chair

Nancy Carlisi
Professional Development Chair
Shelly Weaver
Newsletter Chair

Lisa Hasselbach
Bylaws Chair

Steffanie Townshend
Community Resources Chair
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We make a living by what we get.
We make a life by what we give.
                  - Winston Churchill
A Word From Our President
Are you looking to get more involved with MHVRP? We have a great opportunity for you! We are looking for someone who is organized and detail-oriented to help fill the treasurer role on the board for this year. We have an extremely fun group on the board (as always), and we need an additional member. This position is a great way to build more relationships with other Volunteer Resource Professionals as well as build up that resume with even more experience!


The treasurer maintains the bank account for our organization. The individual is responsible for deposits and paying bills to our vendors. The system is a seamless setup and our entire board helps throughout the year. Sarah Knochel is our outgoing treasurer and incoming president-elect. You can contact Sarah at sknochel@chs-mi.com for more details on this position and  contact me, Rachel Selgo, at selgor@mercyhealth.com.


Just think... you could be hanging out with this group 


Rachel Selgo,

MHVRP President

2014-2015 MHVRP Board
Welcome New Members!
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome new MHVRP Members: 
Darlene Wilson, St. Joseph Mercy Health System
Heather O'Brien, Emmanuel Hospice 
Gabriela VanderMolen, Glacier Hills Senior Living 
Jane Manderfield, Portage Health

MHVRP is wonderful group of people with an abundance of knowledge and many years of experience. Please do not hesitate to reach out and ask questions in Google groups or by personal email.
MHVRP 2014 Spring Conference
A big thank you to Melissa Sherry and Donna Martorano for all their work organizing and planning the MHVRP 2014 Spring Conference held at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth.

There were 43 members in attendance who listened to speaker Richard Lynch. He touched on topics such as creating a mission statement for your Volunteer Services Program/Department, key motivators of volunteers, whether your volunteers are value driven, or procedure driven and many others.

The 2014-2015 MHVRP Board was installed the final evening after a wonderful "Frankenmuth" style chicken dinner sponsored by MHA.

Next year's Spring Conference will be held May 13-15, 2015, in Traverse City!

AHVRP Conference
The 46th Annual AHVRP Conference will be held in Washington, D.C., August 19-22, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City.

MHVRP board members attending will be president, Rachel Selgo, president-elect, Sara Knochel and membership chair, Kristyn Ireland. MHVRP's very own Jacquie 
Karr-Zlotnicki will be presenting "How Technology can Enhance a Rapidly Growing Program!" The conference will feature everything from "What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Managing Volunteers' Risks," "Measurement 101: Quantifying the Impact of Volunteers" to "Creating Healing Partnerships by Elevating Volunteerism" and so much more."
Click here to view the AHVRP Conference website. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Kristyn Ireland at kireland@noch.org or Julie VanderNoot at vandernj@bronsonhg.org.
Any members planning to attend, please contact Kristyn so everyone can try to connect at some point during the conference. 

MHA Legislative Update

The MHA is very pleased to report a very favorable FY 2015 budget outcome. As expected, Governor Snyder signed House Bill 5313 into law, resulting in the approval of the fiscal year (FY) 2015 Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) budget containing more than $18 billion in appropriations. Public Act 252 of 2014 was signed on June 30 and will take effect Oct. 1, 2014.


The FY 2015 MDCH budget directs more than $95 million in additional funding to Michigan hospitals to help serve their patients and communities, whereas the original executive budget recommendation would have resulted in cuts totaling more than $40 million. Highlights of the budget include the following elements:

  • An $85 million provider tax-funded outpatient disproportionate share hospital pool expansion ($46 million net to hospitals after tax and state retention).
  • An $11 million pool supported by the General Fund (GF) for a new small and rural hospital obstetrics stabilization fund.
  • Restoration of $36 million for the small and rural hospital pool (GF-funded). The governor's budget recommendation totally eliminated this funding.
  • Restoration of $4.3 million (GF-funded) to support GME.
  • FY 2015 hospital payment distributions will be updated by the Medical Services Administration in the fall.
  • With last month's passage of a permanent fix to the Health Insurance Claims Assessment, the FY 2015 budget reflects a funding solution for a $375 million revenue shortfall.

Members are commended for their outstanding outreach and advocacy efforts during this year's legislative budget cycle. For more information about Advocacy Efforts, bill tracking or a brief advocacy overview visit the MHA website.

Have Something You Would Like to Share?
Members, if you have a volunteer program or topic that you would like me to share with the group as a feature in the newsletter, please do not hesitate to contact me. We all know how difficult it is to be out of the office to attend conferences and educational days. This will give us an opportunity to network and update each other on what's new or working well in our facilities. 


Shelly Weaver,
Newsletter Chair