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. CDT
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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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