July 21, 2016 - “Memorial Health System Volunteers Celebrate 34th Annual Recognition Dinner”


Sarah Holt; marketing supervisor;

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Memorial Health System Volunteers Celebrate 34th Annual Recognition Dinner

(July 20, 2016, Marietta, Ohio) -
 Over 160 volunteers who donate their time to helping patients, visitors and staff at Memorial Health System will be honored at a recognition dinner at the Lafayette Hotel, Thursday, August 4, 2016.


The 34th annual dinner serves as a means of thanking the active volunteers who donate their time and skills in performing important functions such as greeting patients and their families, escorting patients to various departments and parking assistance throughout the facility as needed.


Several volunteers reached milestones in the number of hours given during 2015. The following are the volunteers who will be honored:

200 Hours

Hilton Drake

Charlie Lewis

Russell Lightfritz

Melanie See

Patty Templeton

Mary Thompson

JoAnn Weaver

500 Hours

Bill Dunn

Joyce Glasser

Terry Lawrence

Esther Nesselroad

Carol Preston

Jane Snider

Dixie Wheaton

1,000 Hours

Patrick Engle

Wendy Erb

Sherol Gonzales

Richard McKenna

2,000 Hours

Grace Bauerbach

Charlotte Kuehn

Paul LaPointe

Garnet Stephens


3,000 Hours

Jacie Hays

Craig Piersall

4,000 Hours

Arlene Balfour

Jan Carey

6,000 Hours

Casi Stewart

7,000 Hours

Jane Watson

8,000 Hours

Jean Lee

Pat Thrash

12,000 Hours

Dean Hoffart

Andy Francis, Dean Hoffart and Bob Schmitt will all be inducted into the 500 Hour Club as they donated over 500 hours in 2015. For the 20+ Year Club, the following volunteers will be inducted for volunteering their services for 20 years or more: Arlene Balfour, Herma Eddy, Donna Hall, Evelyn Hawn, Betty June Huck, Fern Kelby, Jean Lee, Helen Leonhart, Mary O’Connor, Walt O’Connor, Jayne Stehle, Pat Thrash, Frances Tornes and Jane Watson.

“Our volunteers are special people who make the experience better for patients and families,” said Cindy Hall, volunteer services/event coordinator for Memorial Health System. “The volunteers walk the extra mile to make a difference in our patients’ lives. They help in countless ways by comforting worried families to delivering flowers and reading materials to patients. Our volunteers are an essential extension of the Memorial Health System team. We are pleased to have this opportunity to recognize the volunteers for their commitment and dedication to our facility.”


During the past year, 163 volunteers have donated 21,297 hours of service.  Besides their time, volunteers have raised and donated to several different programs including the Strecker Cancer Center, baby burp cloths and puddle pads for the hospital’s nursery and stuffed animals for both area hospitals.


For information on becoming a hospital volunteer, contact the Cindy Hall, volunteer services/event coordinator, at (740) 374-1778. 

The Memorial Health System: The Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit integrated health system governed by a volunteer board of community members that are committed to providing comprehensive services that meet the needs of our region. We are a network of services provided by over 2,500 employees and include two hospitals, outpatient service sites and provider clinics. We partner with our providers to deliver quality care and service with an additional focus on medical education and community service. You can learn more by visiting


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