Community Champions! UH St. John Medical Center Celebrates Volunteers

17,000 hour volunteer Anthony Iezzi, PhD (center), with UH SJMC President Rob David and Volunteer Man-ager Penny Evans.

 “You are spectacular!”

Those are the words UH St. John Medical Center President Robert G. David used to describe the 296 volunteers who make such a difference at the Westlake hospital day in and day out.

UH SJMC honored its volunteers at its annual Appreciation Lunch held at Avon Oaks Country Club last week.

The valuable work these good-hearted people bring to the organization is hard to put into words. In terms of factual contributions, their numbers are most impressive: 49,000 hours of volunteer work were contributed by these folks last year alone. It amounts to over $700,000 in work hours!

UH SJMC President Rob David (left) congratulates President’s Call to Service Award winners (4,000 hours), Earline Andrey, Viola Crow and Jack Hall, along with Volunteer Manager Penny Evans.

Moreover, the UH SJMC volunteers bring a smiling face and helpful presence to all who enter the hospital. From giving directions to answering phones and helping with transport, their activities enable staff to do what they do best – deliver healthcare to patients.

“I thank you for all you do,” said David. “You are spectacular. You bring a smile to everyone’s face.”

Honored for their special commitment were several volunteers who have contributed impressive numbers of hours. They include: Anthony Iezzi, PhD, 17,000 hours; Ardis Radak, 11,000 hours; Jackie Borzecki, 10,000 hours; Clarence Coder and Delores Medvec, 7,000 hours; Mary Cain and Marti Choban, 6,500 hours; Billie Crook, 5,500 hours; Teddi Gideon, 5,000 hours; Joseph Kearney and Juanita Marcis, 4,500 hours.

Earning the President’s ‘Call to Service’ Award (4,000 hours) were Earline Andrey, Viola Crow and Jack Hall.

In Memoriam: Special remembrance was offered for deceased volunteers Lois McGovern and Francis Rutkowski.

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