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Volunteers honored for achieving milestones in service

Over 53,000 hours contributed to hospital during the past year

Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 11:41 a.m. CST
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(Photo courtesy of Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers)
Morris Hospital volunteers, from left, Kay Morris, Marilyn Wilder, Patty Feeney and Josetta Nelson pause for a photo while enjoying themselves at the luncheon.

Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers, at the recent Morris Hospital Auxiliary Appreciation Celebration luncheon held at Morris Country Club, honored 610 volunteers for their dedicated service.

During the past year, volunteers set a record by contributing 53,410 hours of service to Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers.

“For a hospital our size, our volunteer force is truly remarkable,” said Mark Steadham, president & CEO of Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers. “Our volunteers are among our organization’s most valuable assets. Their time is an amazing gift, and we are so fortunate that they choose to give their time here.”

Volunteers contribute the greatest number of hours to the Morris Hospital Patient Transportation Service. Last year alone, they gave 25,053 hours to this program, serving as drivers and drivers’ assistants. As a result, Morris Hospital was able to provide members of the community rides to medical appointments more than 16,000 times last year.

Volunteers also donated 7,334 hours to the hospital’s Lifeline service, 4,508 hours to the Auxiliary Gift Shop, 4,227 hours to the main reception desk, 2,635 hours to the surgical waiting room, 1,595 hours to the outpatient greeter desk, 1,400 hours to the courtesy shuttle service, 1,257 hours to sewing, 943 hours to Medical Records, 820 hours to special events, 542 hours to the hospital’s Historical Library, and 154 hours to gardening/grounds.

Volunteers also donate their time in Accounting, Case Management, Education, Employee Health, Foundation, Human Resources, Laboratory, Quality, Pet Therapy, Public Relations, Senior Health Insurance, and Wellness.

Along with service hours, several volunteers were recognized at the luncheon for reaching milestones in years of service.

Jo Dergo, Lorayne Knapp, Jeanette Langebartels, Joyce Morris, Connie Schuler, Doris Strangland and Beth Trotter were honored for 20 years of service.

Shirley Jorstad, Lois Sampson, June Thompson and Virginia Walsh were honored for 25 years of service.

Marge Anderson, Betty Borger, Nancy Brown, Alice Hunt and Betty Van Tassel were honored for 30 years of service.

Special recognition was presented to Bill Akre, Ralph Brown, Bob Flynn, Duane Harseim, Ray Lisy, Larry Mitchell and Larry Moore for serving with the Patient Transportation Service since the program’s inception in 1998.

Additional volunteers who were honored for achieving milestones in service hours, listed by town in which they reside, include:

Channahon Ashley Hoffman – 100 hours

Coal City Robert Ames – 100 hours Vicki Darmody – 100 hours Debra Hazlett – 35,000 hours Dennis Hazlett – 31,000 hours David Gowdy – 1,000 hours Russell Smetana – 2,500 hours Robert Soukup, Sr. – 1,500 hours Helen Talty – 100 hours

Dwight Sandra Gantzert – 500 hours
Marseilles
Jerry Carter – 9,000 hours Larry Mitchell – 7,000 hours Dave Prater – 3,000 hours
Mazon
Ralph Binion, Sr. – 3,000 hours
Minooka
Carol Spencer – 100 hours

Morris Barbara Almer – 1,500 hours Ralph Barajas – 1,500 hours Rebecca Barajas – 100 hours Lisa Barkley – 1,000 hours Laurie Biskie – 100 hours Tom Biskie – 500 hours Shirley Bonomo – 500 hours Nancy Brown – 2,500 hours Ralph Brown – 3,500 hours Charlene Bruss – 500 hours Christine Burian – 100 hours Thelma Campbell – 500 hours William Capper – 4,500 hours Beverly Clampitt – 100 hours Jo Dergo – 1,500 hours Jeri Dolezal – 31,000 hours Melvin Fight – 5,000 hours James Gilbert – 1,500 hours Herbert Hain – 3,500 hours Joyce Hain – 1,000 hours Ellen Hanouw – 100 hours Ruth Harp – 1,500 hours Duane Harseim – 3,000 hours Eunice Hayse – 4,500 hours Sharon Houston – 2,000 hours Frank Hunt – 1,000 hours Gretchen Johnson – 4,500 hours Judy Johnson – 100 hours Shirley Johnson – 100 hours James Jongewaard – 500 hours Mildred Kern – 4,500 hours Terry Klepp – 100 hours Paul Kostal – 100 hours Debbie Kosters – 100 hours Carl Kramer – 3,500 hours Judy Kramer – 3,000 hours Gary Kuntz – 100 hours Judith Kuntz – 100 hours Mark Laraway – 500 hours Alberta Larson – 100 hours Peggy Leach – 1,500 hours Robert Limbach – 1,000 hours Kay Livingston – 100 hours Frank Marzetta – 100 hours Susanne McGlone – 100 hours Michael Minarich – 500 hours Demaris Morris – 1,000 hours Kay Morris – 100 hours Josetta Nelson – 100 hours Barbara Nolan – 100 hours Sharon Odom – 500 hours Roger Olson – 100 hours Gary Orndorff – 3,500 hours Raymond Paulson – 5,000 hours Ann Pavalonis – 100 hours Gail Peterson – 500 hours Rowena Pfeifer – 500 hours Barb Raab – 1,500 hours Judy Robowski – 2,500 hours Donald Ryder, Jr. – 500 hours Marlene Ryder – 1,000 hours Vivi Sargent – 100 hours Carmen Schiavone – 500 hours Shirley Seidler – 500 hours Nilsa Sochan – 100 hours Doris Stangland – 2,500 hours Bob Starks – 1,500 hours Jane Tesdall – 100 hours Donald Trejo – 3,500 hours Betty Vining – 100 hours Georgette Walker – 100 hours Virginia Walsh – 3,500 hours James Yokubonis – 2,000 hours

Newark Vivian Berge – 100 hours
Palos Park
Phyllis Sheahan – 1,000 hours

Seneca Dennis Bergstrom – 500 hours Patricia Engstrom – 500 hours Tommy Koger – 100 hours
Verona
Georgia Gallup – 100 hours Patrick O’Sullivan – 11,000 hours
Wilmington
Bernie Shields – 5,000 hours Milo Veigelt – 4,500 hours
Yorkville
Dean Wolfer – 11,000 hours

For more information on volunteering at Morris Hospital, contact Karen Nowosielski, Manager of Volunteer Services, at (815) 705-7022.

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