Jefferson Regional Medical Center honors volunteers
By Carol Waterloo Frazier
Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 2:36 a.m.
Jefferson Regional Medical Center honored the men and women who give their time to help patients.
As part of National Volunteer Week, service awards were presented during a luncheon recently at South Hills Country Club. This year's theme is “Celebrating Our Volunteers' Gift of Time.”
Marlene Hayes, Pat Hayes and Irene Mills received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. The award was created to thank and honor Americans who inspire others to take part in volunteer service. Created by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation in 2003, volunteers who have completed at least 4,000 hours of volunteer service throughout their life are eligible for the recognition. Recipients were presented with a President's Volunteer Service Award lapel pin, a personalized certificate of achievement, and a congratulatory letter from President Barack Obama.
“Our volunteers are emblematic of the culture of our hospital,” John R. Echement, president and CEO of the Jefferson Regional Medical Center Foundation, said. “Their enthusiasm and giving of their time is a precious gift. We love them, absolutely love them.”
Medical center president and CEO John J. Dempster said that, without the volunteers, “there really would be very little health care. We couldn't be more proud of how they serve with dignity, care and compassion every day. I want to say thank you for what you've done and what you continue to do.”
This year's event was sponsored by the Magnotti family in memory of William J. (Pat) Magnotti. “Because of his dedication to the hospital, we wanted to do this,” his daughter-in-law Barbara Magnotti said. “He felt very strongly about the volunteers.” She was joined at the luncheon by her son Josh Magnotti. William Magnotti was a board member for the medical center and served as chairman of the board for the JRMC Foundation. The Outpatient Services Center at the hospital is named for the family.
Since June, Janet O'Brien has been Volunteer Services specialist at the hospital and praises the service of the volunteers. “They add to our service excellence. Whether it's in a small way with the patients and their families or taking stress off the office staff, they provide a vital service to the hospital.”
The 300 active volunteers includes students who volunteer their time, O'Brien said. “We have a range of volunteers, from teens to retirees.”
Volunteers were recognized for hours of service and years of service. Three volunteers who passed during the year were remembered.
Anyone interested in volunteering at Jefferson Regional Medical Center should call Volunteer Services at 412-469-5885.
Carol Waterloo Frazier is an editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1916, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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