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Red Cross and Air Force clinic partner to serve military personnel

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Red Cross will further its mission by receiving job-related training and experience for voluteers

The American Red Cross of Massachusetts and the 66th Medical Squadron at Hanscom Air Force Base recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to begin a Red Cross volunteer program.

"The Red Cross Volunteer Program will provide the clinic with a means to increase efficiencies in mission accomplishment," said Lt. Col. Paul Bostrom, 66 MDS chief of Medical Staff. "Conversely, the Red Cross will further its mission by receiving job-related training and experience for its volunteers interested in participating in this program," said Bostrom.

The agreement was put in place through the Service to Armed Forces program within the American Red Cross. SAF volunteers with the American Red Cross of Massachusetts provide care and support to members of Massachusetts’ military, veterans and their families through traditional and innovative programs aimed at preventing, preparing for and responding to the unique challenges that arise as a result of the deployment cycle and beyond.

“This formal agreement with the 66th Medical Squadron establishes another avenue for the American Red Cross of Massachusetts to support the work of our military and their families by providing opportunities for the Red Cross to fill critical needs,” said  Lynn Levine, Director of Service to Armed Forces with the American Red Cross of Massachusetts. “At the same time, we are creating opportunities in the clinic not only for Red Cross volunteers but for military family members,” said Levine.

With the new agreement in place, Red Cross volunteers will enable clinic personnel to focus on direct-patient work within the clinic. Among the services Red Cross volunteers will perform include: basic skills either directly or indirectly for a patient's comfort and well-being, assist departments in administrative aspects of patient care, check patients in for appointments, file medical forms in health records, photocopy materials as needed and more.

The American Red Cross works to provide targeted emergency and non-emergency crisis services to military, families and veterans.

The American Red Cross Emergency Communications Center is available to help seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call (877) 272-7337 or contact your local Red Cross.