2 Wilmot Cancer Center Volunteers Get Lifespan Awards for Service

March 18, 2008

Dave Rodgers talks with a woman in the Wilmot Cancer Center Infusion Center.

Two volunteers for the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center today received Lifespan’s Eli Rudin Second Half Hero Awards. They were honored at a luncheon for their outstanding commitment to the community.

David Rodgers and Essie Germanow were recognized at Lifespan’s Celebration of Aging luncheon. The award recognizes the accomplishments of aging volunteers.

Rodgers has been a Wilmot volunteer for two years, joining its Patient and Family Advisory Council, to work with Wilmot faculty and staff to improve patient satisfaction. He helped develop a new Patient Rounding Program that brings volunteers into the Cancer Center’s clinical areas to actively seek input from patients.

“Once the program was established, Dave spent hours piloting the program and helping to train other volunteer rounders,” said Nancy Gaillard, volunteer coordinator for the Wilmot Cancer Center. “His enthusiasm is evidenced by the fact that he tallied over 1,400 patient contacts in the past year.”

He lives in Webster and is a retiree of Eastman Kodak Co. He also volunteers with Gilda’s Club. Rodgers’ philosophy on community service is simple: he spent part of his life “learning,” part of his life “earning,” and now it's time to do some “returning.”

Essie Germanow was also recognized. She is a member of the Wilmot Cancer Center Art Committee, which is selecting an art collection for the new Cancer Center building. Germanow, of Pittsford, also volunteers with The Jewish Home/Jewish Senior Life and a long-time supporter of the Memorial Art Gallery, serving 36 years on the Gallery Council.

“Her contributions to the committee have been integral in the effort to create a healing environment for patients,” said Mary Ann Dever, executive director of Medical Center Advancement and the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center.

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