Congratulations to Kristen Varney on her selection as the January Volunteer of the Month. Kristen has been volunteering in the Family Resource Center since October 2009 and has more than 275 service hours. Kristen recently began visiting patients and families who are admitted over the weekend. Her enthusiasm for this role is evident, and the positive feedback from the families she visits is confirmation of a job well done. Kristen consistently recognizes the importance of treating families with respect and dignity, while maintaining proper boundaries. “Kristen truly enjoys her time in FRC and we consider her an important part of our team,” says Jennifer Patterson, family resource center liaison.
Congratulations to Dorothy and Jack Clutter on their selection as the February Volunteers of the Month. The Clutters have been volunteering as Activity Group Assistants since June 2011 and each have over 155 service hours. Jack and Dorothy travel from their home in Bucyrus, nearly an hour away, each Monday evening to assist with an evening activity group for patients and families. “We rely on Jack and Dorothy to pass the word about the activity group and to “round kids up,” says Donna Trentel, child life Specialist. During activities they enjoy interacting with patients and families and are always on the lookout for ways to help patients and families adjust with hospitalization. “They really are a dynamic duo,” adds Trentel.
Congratulations to Debbie Moorehead on her selection as the March Volunteer of the Month. Debbie has been volunteering on the Art Cart since February 2010 and has more than 275 service hours. Debbie goes above and beyond to make copies of activity pages, sharpen pencils and stock the cart with needed supplies. As the hospital transitioned to the new building Debbie made sure art cart items were maintained and available to the dialysis population which often has limited child life support. “Debbie is attentive to details and is a self-starter,” says Arleen Tripp, a child life specialist. “Through her years volunteering Debbie has been very consistent and reliable,” adds Tripp.
Congratulations to Chris Douglas on his selection as the April Volunteer of the Month. Chris is an example of a special group of volunteers - our employees. Although he works in Research, Chris stays late one day each week to volunteer his time in the Emergency Department (ED). Chris began volunteering in April 2012 to increase his exposure to the medical field. He has contributed more than 125 service hours. The ED can be an intimidating, high-stress environment, but Chris doesn’t hesitate to ask staff how he can help and he goes above and beyond to interact with patients and their siblings, wash toys, restock child life supplies and play with children in need of extra stimulation. “Chris is professional, always friendly and willing to help out. He is always smiling and has a positive attitude about being here,” shared Patrick Cassell, charge nurse and RN clinical leader.