Volunteers Honored for Service With a Smile
A special luncheon was held at Traditions at the Glen on April 8 to honor the women and men who serve as volunteers at UHS organizations.
Forty-four people were recognized for giving "milestone hours" during 2013, including Shirley DeLucia, who gave 18,000 hours of her time, and Norma Starner, who contributed 10,500 hours.
A large number of team members also were honored for length of service.
Among these were Elizabeth Pollard, who has been a volunteer for 44 years, and Arlene Engle, who has served for 41 years.
During 2013, a total of 710 volunteers gave 85,862 hours of service at UHS Binghamton General Hospital, UHS Wilson Medical Center and UHS Senior Living at Ideal.
In addition to those who serve at the Broome County campuses of UHS, volunteers also are active at UHS Chenango Memorial and UHS Delaware Valley hospitals.
During 2013, a total of 100 volunteers at UHS Chenango Memorial donated more than 15,000 hours of service, and volunteers at UHS Delaware Valley turned in 2,639 hours.
UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital will honor volunteers at a celebratory breakfast on Thursday. UHS Delaware Valley Hospital will honor volunteers at a luncheon on April 23.
National Volunteer Week is April 6 to 12.
“Many of the services at UHS would not be possible without the donation of time from our dedicated and compassionate volunteers," said Jeanne Carangelo, manager of Volunteer Services at UHS Hospitals. "In addition, their activities contribute to the annual donations by the Auxiliaries to improve services and programs for our patients. ”
Dotti Kruppo, Director of Community Relations at UHS Delaware Valley Hospital said, "I am always amazed at what such a small group of dedicated volunteers accomplish and the level of funding they provide for us to improve the hospital and primary care centers. We are extremely lucky to have their support."
Julie Clarke, Director of Volunteer Services at UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital, stated, “Volunteers are the backbone of our program here at UHS Chenango Memorial. They provide services and support to our employees, patients and residents and are a large part of our Auxiliary’s fund raising efforts for programs, services and upgraded technology and facility projects to benefit our patients.”
During National Volunteer Week, UHS staff and leadership thanked their many UHS volunteers for their unwavering support, generosity and selfless dedication to the organization and the people they serve.
Volunteers are an important ingredient in the high-quality, patient-centered healthcare UHS delivers to the community.