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Noyes honors Volunteers as part of National Volunteer Week 2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

As part of National Volunteer Week 2013, Noyes Hospital recently honored 121 adult and 6 young adult hospital volunteers along with members of the Auxiliary, Board of Directors and Foundation Board, with a reception at the hospital.  The event was held to recognize our volunteers for the thousands of hours they donated to the hospital this past year.

Hospital volunteers provide assistance in many areas throughout the hospital, including: Human Resources, Cardiology, E.A.R.S. Lifeline, Quality Management, Gift Shop, Chaplain Program, Front Desk, Blood Pressure Clinics,  Dialysis Center in Geneseo, Medical Library, Meals on Wheels, Finance, and the “Welcome Team” who greet visitors and patients, give directions, and assist with wheelchairs in Patient Registration.

Why does a person volunteer?   Linda, who has been a Volunteer for our Caregiver Resource Center in partnership with RSVP for the past two years stated, “I have done a variety of volunteer work ever since I retired.  I wanted to give something back to the community and I really enjoy working with older adults…I have found this is what I truly love.”

Carol has done everything from sort mail, provide transport, and do clerical jobs at Switchboard.  She shared that “I have the time and I wanted to get involved and be with people. A friend encouraged me to join Noyes Volunteer Team 7 years ago…and I have never regretted it.”

Ethel is a retired nurse who has been a Clinic Volunteer, doing blood pressures every month at two local supermarkets, for the past 30 years.  For Ethel, “I want to stay busy…I like meeting people…and this is something people need.  Many of our “regulars” like to have a “nurse” check their blood pressure, even if they have a home monitor.  What we do helps people stay well.”

According to Volunteer Coordinator, Nancy Johnsen, “THANK YOU does not do justice for what these individuals do for our hospital.  In 2012, the hospital volunteers alone donated 13,652 hours!”

At the reception, 26 volunteers were recognized for accumulating 250+ hours of volunteer time in 2012.  In addition, 38 participants received the President’s Volunteer Service Award, created in 2003 as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their documented commitment and example, to inspire others to engage in volunteer service.  Of special note this year were two volunteers (one posthumously) who received the President’s Lifetime Service award, in recognition of over 4,000 hours of volunteering.

Speaking at the event were Amy Pollard, Noyes President and CEO and Michael Johnsen, First Vice Chair of the Noyes Health Board of Directors.  Mr. Johnsen shared, “Volunteers are seldom paid … not because they are worthless…but because they are priceless.”

If anyone is interested in learning more about the Noyes Volunteer opportunities, please contact Nancy Johnsen: or (585) 335-4355.

Ann Dixon (left) President’s Lifetime Achievement award recipient &

Nancy Johnsen, Volunteer Coordinator

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