Strong Memorial Hospital Volunteers Honored

Friends of Strong Recognized for Outstanding Service

September 27, 2001

Friends of Strong, a volunteer organization that supports Strong Memorial Hospital, will honor long-time volunteers during its annual recognition dinner on Thursday, Oct. 4th, at the Kornberg Medical Research Building.

This year, the organization will present awards to five individuals and a Rochester business for their continued support to Strong. The event begins with dinner at 6 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 7 p.m.

"Every day dedicated people work very hard to help the patients that come to Strong Memorial Hospital for care," said Louise Criticos, director of Friends of Strong. "It's an honor to work with them and have the opportunity to recognize the extraordinary efforts they make."

The prestigious Hettie Shumway Award for leadership will be presented to Brighton resident Clare Rotenberg, a volunteer since 1993 who created the Patient Advocate Program. The retired teacher volunteered with pediatric programs and served as president of the Friends of Strong Council.

The Elizabeth Crozier Award for commitment will be given to Doramae "Dolly" Dickson of Macedon. A volunteer for more than 13 years, she's known for her bright smile and upbeat attitude that often cheers patients when she's working in the Patient Waiting Room.

Sylvia Stiller and Edward Yantz will receive the Dove Award for dedication. Stiller, who lives in Rochester, joined FOS in 1992 and has worked in the Admissions Center for many years, putting in more than 5,000 hours.

Yantz volunteers in the Child Life Department at Children's Hospital at Strong, always going beyond what's expected of him. He interacts well with children, often rocking babies, painting in the playroom, reading stories and walking with toddlers. The Henrietta resident's dedication and sincerity is considered exemplary by his peers.

The Evening/Weekend Award will be given to Kathy Salmon, a third-grade teacher at Scribner Road School in Penfield. Each Saturday since 1991, she has delivered flowers to patients, and, during the holidays, often leads caroling groups throughout the hospital.

Lastly, the Group Award will be presented to the Four Points Sheraton for its support of the organ transplant program. The Sheraton provides lodging for patients' families throughout treatment, if they can not afford to stay elsewhere. General Manager Matt Pica will accept the award on behalf of his staff.

The Friends of Strong also awarded more than $552,000 in gifts to more than 27 hospital departments to support equipment purchases, including $20,000 for a van for Strong Ties, $27,000 for a flexible endoscopic evaluator for surgery, $30,000 for a trauma room central monitor for the Emergency Department, and $42,000 for an isokinetic testing machine for sports medicine.

Last year, more than 950 volunteers donated approximately 112,000 hours to the hospital, providing a variety of services including patient transportation, delivering meals, dispensing medication and raising funds through special events and the operation of retail stores.

For more information about Friends of Strong, call (716) 275-2420.

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