Charlotte Kraus started volunteering in May 1997. She has over 2,460 hours. Charlotte volunteers in the Surgical Waiting Room. She loves volunteering and is always ready to work extra hours when she is called. Charlotte has volunteered for over 13 years. She is very helpful to the families in the room and will go the extra mile to make sure she takes care of their needs with patient updates. She also keeps the room neat and tidy so all the visitors have a nice place to wait. Charlotte is truly deserving of the 5 Star Volunteer award.
Ed Palenik started volunteering in 1993 and is one of our Courtesy Cart Drivers. Ed has volunteered over 2,870 hours and has been a Volunteer for over 17 years. In Ed we have a volunteer who treats each visitor, employee and/or patient with his special kind of courtesy and respect. His gentle nature has endeared him to many. Ed is also willing to help with the many projects the volunteers have whether it is stuffing bags with cookies, moving boxes for events or in any other way he is needed. Ed is truly deserving of the 5 Star Award.
Sue Mesi started volunteering in August 2000, volunteers in our Outpatient Lab and has 14,240 hours. Sue is the Chairperson for the Outpatient Lab and has trained all of the new volunteers in that area. In keeping with the values of our hospital, Sue responds to all patients, visitors and co-workers with honesty, respect, compassion and kindness. The fact that she truly cares is evident by her smile. She is so passionate about where she volunteers that she actively recruits for more volunteers for the Outpatient Lab. Sue is truly deserving of the 5 Star Award.
Photo: Left to right: Ed Palenik, Sue Mesi and George Niebler, volunteer president. Charlotte Kraus was not present for the photo.
The One Star Achievement Awards were also announced. The recipients are Ruby Bingen, Pauline Shaver and Norma Sherwood.
Ruby Bingen started volunteering in 1987 and has over 4,000 hours. Ruby has volunteered as a Courier on Monday evening for over 23 years. Her warm smile welcomes visitors and she is always quick to offer help to them. Everyone who knows her loves her.
Pauline Shaver is one of our newer volunteers. She started volunteering as a Courier in 2009 and has 198 hours but she has managed to make a big impression on her fellow volunteers. She always smiles and is helpful to everyone. One day she spent her time cleaning our wheelchairs to make sure they were sanitary and shiny for our patients and visitors.
Norma Sherwood has been volunteering since October 1995. She is a Team Leader for the Thursday afternoon Couriers. She is the lady that answers the phone and makes sure all the errands and discharges get done. Her smile and work ethic sets an excellent example to all of her fellow volunteers.
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