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LRH Hosts 40th Annual Volunteer Recognition Event

May 26, 2015

Littleton, NH - Littleton Regional Healthcare (LRH) recently held its 40th Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner. This year's theme for the dinner was "Volunteers: Our Greatest Natural Resource" - honoring LRH's many dedicated volunteers for their enthusiastic support of the hospital. The rooms were adorned with various nature themed decorations, including posters of nature, wildlife and other natural resources, as well as various plants, artistically decorated mirrors, and lanterns that mimicked the sun.

The appetizers were donated by the combined contributions of over 40 hospital employees and physicians, and the dinner service was prepared by Juergen Spagolla and the Food and Nutrition Department. More than 20 hospital employees and physicians served as waitstaff at the event and the Facilities Department helped with the setup and cleanup at the banquet.

LRH volunteer, Laurie Morgan, and Ketha LaSalle were also vital to the success of the banquet. Photos were taken by Gail Clark, Director of Marketing and Community Relations, and Channel 2 was on hand to videotape the event. Hospital employees Amy Hamel, Deb Rothenberger and Heidi Scholefield helped with registration and distributing the awards.

LRH Hosts 40th Annual Volunteer Recognition Event
From left: Patty and Jeff Howard, recipients of the Peg and Gene Clark Award, were presented the award by Amy Mancini, Director of Volunteer Services, and Gene and Caryn Clark.

Each volunteer received a gas card when checking into the event and were then treated to delicious appetizers and a formal dinner, where a few lucky volunteers won the centerpieces. Following dinner Amy Mancini, Volunteer Director, who dressed as Mother Nature, welcomed the volunteers and asked for a moment of silence to remember seven deceased volunteers that passed away this last year. This included Stefan Cimikowski, Abel Gonsalves, Richard Bennink, Elizabeth Crockett, Frank O'Leary, Ruth Emmons and Jackie Larsen. A memorial table was setup at the event in their honor.

Erin Hennessey, member of the LRH Board of Trustees, started the evening off by offering her sincere gratitude to the volunteers for all of their efforts at LRH. Warren West, CEO, went on to thank the volunteers and announce numerous statistics about the program, including how LRH has over 230 volunteers with 32 volunteers that joined the program over this last year. West also discussed how the hospital has over 22,000 volunteer hours over the past year. He further noted that LRH has a combined total of 45 volunteers that are part of the Complementary Therapy and Volunteer Musician Programs and that our Pet Therapy Volunteer logged over 38 hours of visiting with patients. Visiting volunteers made close to 1,000 patient visits and volunteers logged over 430 reiki, aromatherapy massage, massage, guided meditation and music therapy sessions as part of the Complementary Therapy Program. West also compared the volunteers to natural resources, such as the sun, as LRH volunteers bring much light and warmth to the organization.

Mancini then proceeded to award pins for cumulative hours and years of volunteering. Volunteers receiving their 100 hour pins included Barbara Bliss, Carole Bogat, Sharda Burra, Sue Buteau, Michelle Devost, Mary Ann Duranty, Jim Fitzpatrick, Nancy Hadfield, Colleen Higgins, Judi Lavin, Randy Meier, Aden Mitz and Jill Rudberg. 500 hour pins were awarded to Amy Cowens, Lorraine Fougere, Steve Jordan, Tom Merritt, Iuliia Perkins, Toni Thomas and Donna Wright.

Receiving 1,000 pins were Tom Campbell, Sheila Chase, Guy Harriman, Claudia Lachapelle, Daphne McDonald, Linda Mordhorst, Karin Ripp, Maggie Starr and Kenyon Tuthill. 1,500 hour pins were award to Georgia Brodeur, Nancy Hartshorn, Beryl Klahre, Ed Klahre, Reg LaFlam, Mary Jane Merritt and Jean Thompson.

Receiving their 2,000 hour pin were June Eaton, Faye Jennings, Shirley Lewis and Heidi Morrison. 5,000 hour pins went to Margaret Harrigan and Al Moskal.

Receiving their 10 year pins were Candy Black, Georgia Brodeur, Linda Collins, Nancy Hartshorn, Dottie Herbert and Kay Kerr. 15 year pins were award to Cindy Davis, Margaret Harrigan, Cathy Parker and Luci Pineault.

The next group of volunteers receiving awards was for those volunteering 300 hours and over this past year. They included Iuliia Perkins, Jenny Fox, Mary Jane Merritt, Heidi Morrison, June Eaton, Nancy Collins, Beryl Klahre, Margaret Harrigan, Maggie Starr, Faye Jennings, Randy Meier, Donna Wright and Steve Jordan. Steve also received a gift in recognition of being the volunteer with the most hours over the past year.

Next came the special awards segment of the program that awarded volunteers based on natural resources. Special awards were presented to Pat Curtis, Daphne MacDonald, Gibb McLain, Mary Jane Merritt, Mary Sturtevant, Shelia Chase, Nancy Collins, Faye Jennings, Heidi Morrison, Chris Murray, Jan Kotox, Maggie Starr, Maria Hynes, Louie Lavoie, Nancy MacNeil, Elaine Marshall, Ellie Opalinski, Karen Ripp, Steve Jordan, Reg LaFlam, Maryann Langdoc, Jack Mitz, Richard Monroe, Sandy Monroe, David Morency, Cindy Schieman, Gerald Start, Travis Walker, Randy Meier, Donna Wright, Wilma Bulis, Dan Challifour, George Kirk, Sandy Lozeau, Ana Menendez, Helen Quinney, Tom Duplissis and Anna Rioux.

Kris van Bergen, Assistant Director of Quality Services, on behalf of the hospital's volunteer Family Support Team, accepted a gift for their special efforts at LRH. The mission of the Family Support Team is to offer supportive care to family and other loved ones of our patients experiencing unexpected severe illness, critical traumatic injury or sudden, unexpected death.

The final award of the evening was an annual award presented by Gene and Caryn Clark in memory of their parents, Peg and Gene Clark, who were longtime volunteers at LRH. This year's recipients were Jeff and Patty Howard who received the award because of their dedication to service and the many hours of volunteer time donated to the hospital as well as to their local community.

For more information about volunteer opportunities at Littleton Regional Healthcare, please call Amy Mancini, Volunteer Director, at (603) 444-9207.

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