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Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE)

The 2019 HAVE Awards nomination process is now closed.

The Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE) program was established by the American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Trustees to showcase outstanding volunteer programs. 

In addition to acknowledging the value of volunteerism to individual lives and institutions, the awards program is designed to:

  • Highlight volunteers services that are engaged in improving health care.
  • Encourage service that exceeds expectations as a result of innovation, creativity and leadership.
  • Promote visibility and goodwill toward the hospital or health care system.
  • Promote collaboration among provider organizations and community service entities to improve the quality of life of local citizens.

Nominations are open to organizations that are institutional members of AHA.  The awards honor specific volunteer service areas or programs – not volunteer departments as a whole.

2019 HAVE Award honorees will be featured in an awards booklet and offered the opportunity to showcase their program achievements in their communities during the presentation of award/citation and celebrations and use of the 2019 HAVE Award logo in organizational publications and websites. Honorees also will have the opportunity to film video interviews for social media and serve as faculty at educational sessions at the awards ceremony.

2019 HAVE Brochure

Submit a 2019 HAVE Nomination - Nomination process is closed.

2019 Sample HAVE Nomination Form

2019 HAVE Timeline 

View the 2018 HAVE Award Winners and Finalists

 View the 2017 HAVE Award Winners and Finalists

View the 2016 HAVE Award Winners and Finalists

View the 2015 HAVE Award Winners and Finalists

For more information, please contact Ursula Pawlowski, CAVS, Governance and Operations Manager, Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resources Professionals (AHVRP) at upawlowski@aha.org or (312) 422-3725. 

American Hospital Association 2018 Hospital Award for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE) recipients, Sept. 30, 2018, Chicago, Ill.,: Dr. Rozen Patterson, Volunteer Advisory Council (VAC) And HAVE Awards Selection Committee Chair, Broward Health Medical Center Chris Everett Children’s Hospital, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Becky Moldaver, Kim Jaworski, Sarah Hendrickson, MetroHealth System, Cleveland, Ohio,  Charisse A. Oland, Brandalee Sikora, Jan Giedd, HSHS St. Joseph Hospital, Chippewa, Wis., Kathy E. Good, Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Demetrius Carroll, Kaia Carroll and Amy Glazer, Hackensack Meridian Health, Hackensack, N. J.

The American Hospital Association (AHA) honored 19 hospital volunteer programs with its Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE). The AHA HAVE Awards Program is in its 35th year and highlights the extraordinary efforts of volunteers and volunteer programs, as well as the value and positive impact their contributions have on the patients, hospitals, health systems, staff and communities they serve.
The recipients fall into four categories: community service programs, community outreach and/or collaboration programs, fundraising programs, and in-service hospital volunteer programs. Recipients of this year’s prestigious awards hail from Iowa, Ohio, New Jersey and Wisconsin. Representatives from these programs received their awards at the 35th Annual HAVE Awards Breakfast on Sunday, Sept. 30, during the 50th annual Association for Health Care Volunteer Resource Professionals (AHVRP) conference in Chicago. An additional 15 hospitals were recognized as 2018 HAVE finalists.
For more information on the 2018 HAVE awards, please contact Ursula Pawlowski at upawlowski@aha.org.

The 2018 HAVE recipients and finalists are:

Community Service

  • Family Caregivers of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa


  • Integris Grove Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary-Souper Bowl Saturday, Integris Grove Hospital, Integris Health, Oklahoma City
  • Moore County: They Immunize Kids Early (MCTIKE), FirstHealth of the Carolinas, Inc., Pinehurst, N.C.
  • Morris Hospital Patient Transportation Program, Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers, Morris, Ill.
  • Munroe Auxiliary Healthy Home, Munroe Regional Medical Center, Ocala, Fla.

Community Outreach/Collaboration

  • HSHS St. Joseph Community Garden, HSHS St. Joseph Hospital, Chippewa, Wis.


  • Flu Clinic Volunteer Program, Enloe Medical Center, Chico, Calif.
  • Grand River Meals on Wheels, Grand River Health, Rifle, Colo.
  • The H.O.P.E Program/Having an Opportunity to Prepare for Employment, Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Conn.
  • Winchester Medical Center Hurst Hospitality House, Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.


  • Tackle Kids Cancer, Hackensack Meridian Health, Hackensack, N.J.


  • Art in the Barn, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Barrington, Ill.
  • Glitz Gala Jewelry Auction, Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, Hannibal, Mo.
  • UnityPoint Health Des Moines, Iowa Lutheran Hospital Auxiliary Not New Shop, UnityPoint Health Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Volunteer Memorial Day Program, Peconic Bay Medical Center, Northwell Health, Riverhead, N.Y.


  • Trauma Survivors Network, The MetroHealth System, Cleveland, Ohio


  • Art Therapy Program, The Medical Center, Navicent Health, Macon, Ga.  
  • OR Suite Volunteer, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Reiki for Staff Volunteer Program, The Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, N.J.


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