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Inspiring Volunteers Recognized for Unwavering Commitment to Patients, Community

Inspiring Volunteers Recognized for Unwavering Commitment to Patients, Community

They are the first faces our patients and visitors see when they enter Strong West, and they often are the last people a patient sees before going home from Strong Hospital. They give toys to pediatric patients, and often bring homemade desserts to share with staff. They provide comfort and hope in a gentle and reassuring way. They are our hospital volunteers, and their service to our community speaks volumes.

Friends of Strong Welcomes Record Number of High School Students to the URMC Family

Friends of Strong Welcomes Record Number of High School Students to the URMC Family

Thirty-one departments and units across Strong Memorial Hospital answered the call and, this week Friends of Strong welcomes its largest cohort of summer high school volunteers in the program’s 29 year history. Ages 14-18, 311 ambitious young students will spend the next eight weeks enhancing the patient care experience. Read more about some of the stand-out kids joining the URMC team this week.

Training Program Expands, Earns National Recognition with Support from Friends of Strong

Training Program Expands, Earns National Recognition with Support from Friends of Strong

For those experiencing cardiac arrest, the difference between life and death may be determined by the unflinching skills of their health care providers. That reality changed the way we train our front-line staff to respond to such events. And it also won national recognition from the American Heart Association.

Friends of Strong, URMC Recognized for Unparalleled Support of Red Cross Blood Drives

Friends of Strong, URMC Recognized for Unparalleled Support of Red Cross Blood Drives

Since 2006, Friends of Strong has sponsored 433 blood drives at various URMC facilities in our region, allowing the American Red Cross to collect 23,972 red blood units and help more than 72,000 local patients. As a result of their long-standing commitment and sponsorship, FOS and URMC have been named recipients of the 2019 Samuel J. Stabins Blood Services Award. 

Going Strong: Volunteer Bud Wesley Recognized for Decades of Service to Patients and Families

Going Strong: Volunteer Bud Wesley Recognized for Decades of Service to Patients and Families

Long-time Friends of Strong volunteer Bud Wesley recognized with a 2019 Health Care Volunteer Achievement Award by the Rochester Business Journal, shares the dedication that brings him joy while serving others.