LRH Hosts 41st Annual Volunteer Recognition Event
June 6, 2016
Littleton, NH - Littleton Regional Healthcare (LRH) recently held its 41st Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner. This year's theme for the dinner was "LRH Volunteers Are Out Of This World Amazing" - honoring LRH's many dedicated volunteers for their enthusiastic support of the hospital. The rooms were adorned with various space themed decorations, including posters of the solar system, life-size astronauts and aliens, hanging rocket ships, planets and stars, as well as images of the constellations.
The appetizers were donated by the combined contributions of over 45 hospital employees and physicians, and the dinner service was prepared by Juergen Spagolla and the hospital's Food and Nutrition Department. Over 15 hospital employees served as waitstaff at the event and the Facilities Department helped with the setup and cleanup at the banquet.
LRH volunteer, Laurie Morgan, was vital to the success of the banquet. Event help was also received from volunteers and employee Susan Kraabel, Barbara Bliss, Ketha LaSalle and Lucy Gordon. Photographs were taken by Gail Clark, Director of Marketing and Community Relations, and Channel 2 was in attendance to videotape the event. Hospital employees Deb Rothenberger, Heidi Scholefield, Peggy Saltmarsh and Courtney Daniels helped with registration and distributing the awards.
Each volunteer received a gift card when checking into the event and were then treated to delicious appetizers and a formal dinner. Following dinner Amy Mancini, Volunteer Director, who dressed as "Outer Space" welcomed the volunteers and asked for a moment of silence to remember four deceased volunteers that passed away this last year. This included Wayne Miller, Robert Trahan, Terry Bowler and Linda Caswell. 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 235 volunteers; that volunteers donated over 21,000 hours over the past year; that the Complementary Therapy Program logged over 30 hours of pet therapy; made 750 patient visits; had over 382 reiki sessions; 51 aroma therapy massage sessions; 16 massage sessions; 11 guided meditation sessions and 94 music therapy sessions. West also noted that the Family Support Team had 22 calls to service with 23 families served. He concluded by comparing volunteers to the banquet's space theme, such as by saying that the volunteers are all shining stars at the hospital.
Mancini then proceeded to award pins for cumulative hours and years of volunteering. Volunteers receiving their 100 hour pins included Ginny Allen, Jesse Anthony, Grace Bigelow, Pamela Blake, Patty Breen, Donna Cruikshank, Lucille Gherardi, Carrie Hamblin, Robert Hatch, Chick Jordan, Haley Kelley, Gail Minor-Babin, David Morency, Brenda Pineo, Harold Pineo, Cindy Schieman, Bertha Stevens and Mary Sturtevant. 500 hour pins were awarded to Barbara Bliss, Lauren Dill, Chris Murray, Rita Poland and Anna Rioux.
Receiving 1,000 pins were Linda Collins, Pat Curtis, Jeff Howard, Steve Jordan, Maryann Langdoc, Louie Lavoie, Elaine Marshall, Dr. Richard Monroe, Ellie Opalinski, Bob Pellerin, David Pelletier, Judy Warden and Donna Wright. Receiving their 1,500 hour pins were Candy Black, Nancy Collins, Dottie Herbert, Maria Hynes, Sandy Lozeau, Sandra Monroe, Laurie Morgan and Maggie Starr. 2,000 hour pins went to Jenny Fox and Deb Lehmann. Margaret Harrigan was the recipient of a 5,500 hour pin.
Receiving their 10 year pins were Barbie Beck-Wilczek, Nate Carmen, Elizabeth Colligan, Ann Marie Dell-Anno and Jean Thompson. 15 year pins were award to Arleta Baird, Nancy MacNeil, Helen Quinney and Judy Warden. Linda Fahey was the recipient of a 20 year pin.
Next came the special awards segment of the program that awarded volunteers based on the banquets space theme. There were nine special awards, including the "Shooting Star Award" that recognized volunteers that do not hesitate to move around the hospital campus. During this presentation over 70 volunteers were awarded for their efforts.
Kris van Bergen, Assistant Director of Quality Services and Coordinator of the hospital's volunteer Family Support Team, presented the "Sputnik Award" to Megan Rouillard, member of the Family Support Team. 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.
Jeanne Madden joined Mancini in presenting the first annual "Julia M. Fogg Founder's Award" in memory of Jewel Fogg, founder of the Volunteer Program at LRH. This award is presented to the individual that best demonstrates the qualities and attributes essential to the founding and support of the Volunteer Program: care, compassion, leadership, community service and inspiration. LRH volunteer, Maggie Starr, was the 2016 recipient of this award.
The final award of the evening was 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 of the "Peg and Gene Clark Award" were Tom and Pat Campbell, for 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.