Mercy Health hosted a 100th birthday party in honor of Marge Dziama on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at Mercy Regional Medical Center.
Marge has served in multiple volunteer roles with the health system for more than 45 plus years.
“It is difficult to describe what Marge has meant to the Mercy Health family,” says Dale Greathouse, Mercy Regional Medical Center Regional Manager of Volunteer Services. “We have all been touched by her compassion, energy and commitment to serving patients and families in our community. We are blessed to have her as part of our volunteer team.”
Affectionately described by fellow volunteers and staff as an Energizer Bunny, Marge Dziama began her volunteer career at what was then Community Health Partners and its predecessor, Lorain Community Hospital, while employed at U.S. Steel. She faithfully volunteered on Sundays until her retirement in 1981. Retirement resulted in Marge becoming a full-time volunteer, logging more than 40 hours a week.
“I cannot think of anyone who has been more involved in the organization and the Mercy Auxiliary or made such an impact on our volunteer program,” continued Greathouse. “Her dynamic mix of professional skills, along with her servant heart, has meant so much to families, patients, staff and fellow volunteers. We are privileged to be able to honor her on her special birthday and for all of her extraordinary achievements.”
Over the years, Marge has been a member of the CHP Auxiliary, served on the boards of Lorain Community Hospital and Community Health Partners Regional Foundation. For two years, she managed volunteer services, but retired from that role when she turned age 80. While she is no longer able to be on-site working with patients, she has continued to greatly impact them through editing the volunteer newsletter and doing clerical work to support volunteer services and the Auxiliary.
Marge was also a member of Lakeland Women’s Club, which was instrumental in the drive to build a new community hospital during the late 1950s. In 2006, she was honored as the first recipient of Community Health Partner’s Ruth Calta Community Service Award.
The birthday celebration included a social hour, followed by remarks from Mercy Health – Lorain CEO and Senior Vice President of Mercy Health, Edwin Oley and other Mercy Health leaders, along with music from the 1920s and 30s and traditional birthday festivities. A special, surprise unveiling also took place, which named the hospital’s Coffee Shop in her honor, “Margie’s!”