Friday, April 8, 2011

Valued volunteers

MGH celebrates Volunteer Recognition Week

ICE CREAM APPRECIATION: Volunteer Akila Padmanabhan, left, with Murray

IN 2010, MGH volunteers served a record total of more than 101,000 hours. To celebrate these volunteers and their dedication to patients, families and visitors, the Volunteer Department hosted a series of appreciation events throughout the week of March 28. This is the first year that celebratory activities extended throughout a week, allowing more volunteers and site supervisors to take part in the festivities.

The week’s events included a preview of the Paul S. Russell, MD, Museum of Medical History and Innovation, presented by Peter Johnson, museum director; information tables in the Main Lobby; an evening reception with live music and refreshments; and raffles. An ice cream social March 31 in the Thier Conference Room was particularly popular among volunteers. Volunteer site supervisors Gina Murray, office/program manager of the MGH Chaplaincy; Sacha Field, MS, CCLS, and Anne Pizzano, MS, CCLS, Child Life specialists for MassGeneral Hospital for Children; John Texeira, a supervisor for Emergency Services; and Sandra Ilgen, of the MGH Flower and Gift Shop, expressed thanks to volunteers by serving them ice cream and a variety of toppings.

A special event, “Breakfast of Champions,” was held March 29 in the Thier Conference Room for volunteer champions – exemplary volunteers who assist in the training of new volunteers. Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president; Cathy E. Minehan, chair of the Board of Trustees; and Marianne Ditomassi, RN, executive director of Operations for Patient Care Services, offered remarks and thanked the volunteers for their work.

Paul Bartush, CAVS, director of the Volunteer Department, Medical Interpreter Services, Information Associates and LVC Retail Shops, says, “We are so appreciative of all of the volunteers’ time and efforts in making the patient experience at the MGH a better one. We look forward to celebrating our pink coat-clad volunteers not only during next year’s recognition events but also throughout the year.”

For more information about volunteer opportunities at the MGH, email or call 617-726-8540.

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