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Healthcare facilities are facing new challenges: They must provide high-quality services with shrinking resources in a highly competitive and constantly changing healthcare milieu.  Under these conditions of reduced resources and increased need for community support, an effective volunteer program takes on heightened significance.

Current competition for volunteer support requires that Directors of Volunteer Services be proficient in the traditional sense of management - planning, organizing, directing, and controlling.  In addition, they must be experts in human resources management with emphasis on the human element.  The goal is to integrate volunteers into services that are satisfying and productive.

The Director of Volunteer Services must be empathetic and effective with persons of diverse ages, backgrounds, and skills.  The director should have firm understanding of human behavior and motivation and, of equal importance, should be a skilled communicator.

Many of our members are seasoned professionals.  Any KSDVS member can call upon another member for information, consultation, and support with any aspect of volunteer administration.  KSDVS educational workshops and conferences are designed to improve volunteer programs and improve the performance of the Director of Volunteer Services.


KSDVS Fall 2023 Educational Conference

Featuring Rebecca Griffeth! 

Dates: Thursday, November 2nd - Friday, November 3rd

Time: (11/02) 8:30am-4:30pm & (11/03) 8:30am-12:00pm 

Location: Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, Lexington, KY 

Registration is NOW OPEN! 



Fall 2022 Educational Conference Recap | Growing Leaders in Volunteer Services!

Fall 2022 saw our first in-person educational conference since the beginning of the pandemic. Last year the conference focus was on leadership style and development recalibrating our thinking, planning and practices and finding the success algorithm that inspires and authentically engages the people that we lead. 

Dr. Toni Kanter, Director of Misson, Jewish Hospital-Mercy Health, shared her experience and expertise from her leadership roles in Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Women’s Heart Health, Critical Care, Volunteer Services, Integrative Therapies, and Population Health.

Participants had the opportunity to take a pause; to be guided in a personal, confidential, self-assessment to learn what do they offer as a leader. They then took a dive into some practices of introspection and self-care habits that can help authentic engagement with the people they lead.  

KSDVS is committed to developing innovative frontrunners who put their best foot forward leading with confidence and compassion. 


Dynamic leadership starts with you! Stay tuned for information on the Fall 2023 Educational Conference! 

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