WVU Hospitals valet service donates tips

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The five employees of West Virginia University Hospitals Valet Services are once again donating tips to WVU’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.  This year’s donation is $6,600.

In 2007, the valets donated $4,500. A total of $11,102 has been donated in the past 12 months.

Patients are not required or even asked to give tips when valets park their cars and assist them in and out of vehicles and wheelchairs. Even so, many patients and visitors insist on tipping.  The valets came to a group decision to give back rather than keep tips for themselves.

Many patients offer more than tips.  Some visitors bring baked goods, cards of appreciation or doughnuts to valet staff.  Many visitors also call to comment on the excellent service they receive from the valets. 

“The tips show they are providing a service that is appreciated,” Dan Harris, parking manager for WVU Hospitals, said. “We are very proud of them.”

Valet services parks approximately 200 vehicles a day for patients and visitors to the Cancer Center, Betty Puskar Breast Care Center, the Sleeth Family Medicine Center, WVU Dental Clinic and Student Health offices. 

For more information about WVU’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, visit www.hsc.wvu.edu/mbrcc/.

West Virginia University Valet Services have donated tips to the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. Pictured are Dottie Oakes, R.N., vice president and chief nurse executive; Carolyn Smith, Cancer Center support associate; Kathleen Murphy, R.N., Cancer Center clinic manager; Brian Rehwinkel, security coordinator; valet Richard Wes; valet Will Whitman; valet Seth Neptune,  Crystal Williams, security staff and Pam Foley, business office manager. Photo by Autumn Hill.


For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
el: 08-24-08

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