May 21, 2013 - Marietta Memorial Hospital Volunteers Celebrate 31st Annual Recognition Dinner

Over 200 volunteers who donate their time and energies to helping patients, visitors and staff at Marietta Memorial Hospital will be honored at a recognition dinner at the Lafayette Hotel, Thursday, May 22, 2013. Many of these volunteers have served well over 5,000 volunteer hours! 

Each spring, they are recognized and thanked for their time, energy and devotion to providing quality, compassionate care to our patients with an annual recognition dinner and program. MMH volunteers donated 27,469 hours in 30 different volunteer job stations throughout the hospital, including the Belpre Campus. Volunteers at Marietta Memorial Hospital touch the lives of all our employees and patients in some way. They are everywhere, giving time, energy and expertise to help others. Together, they represent enormous talent and caring, adding to the warmth, efficiency and caring of our hospital. 

Because of volunteers, important functions like greeting patients and their families, delivering charts, parking assistance and computer data entry are completed. They give directions, answer questions and dispense smiles daily. They answer phones and help visitors by escorting them to their destinations. They are liaisons between patients and our staff, often making waiting easier, more pleasant and finding offices quicker. There are also many volunteers working behind the scenes in offices, medical records and many other areas in the hospital. 

Several volunteers reached milestones in the number of hours given during 2012. Among the recipients of milestone hour gold pins are 5,000 Hours: Charlie Miller; 7,000 Hours: Andy Francis; 8,000 Hours: Walt O’Connor; 10,000 Hours: Dean Hoffart; Mary O’Connor, 11,000. Also recognized for belonging to the 500 Hours Club are Andy Francis, Dean Hoffart, Ken Sandstrom, Bob Schmitt and Casi Stewart. Sixteen volunteers will also be honored for having volunteered their services at Marietta Memorial Hospital for 20 or more years. 

 “Our volunteers make significant contributions to Marietta Memorial every day,” said Anna Vukovic, director of volunteer services. “They deserve to be recognized for their commitment to this community and to our delivery of excellent health care locally.” 

Besides their time, volunteers have raised and donated $5,000 to several different programs including the Annual Fashion Show that benefits the cancer center, baby blankets and hats for the hospital’s nursery, wheelchairs and stuffed animals for the Marietta Area Teddy Bear Fund that provides teddy bears for both are hospitals, distributing over 1,500 bears to young patients last year. 

For information on becoming a hospital volunteer, contact the MMH Volunteer Services office at 374-1778.
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