Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital Honors Its Volunteers


Connie Karlowicz (left) and Betty Ickes were presented with the Helen Hostetler Lifetime Achievement Award by Robert Horn (second from left), chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital Board of Directors, and Bruce James, President and CEO of the hospital.

Monday, April 30, 2018, DOVER, Ohio: The volunteer program at Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital continues to provide strong support for its patients and caregivers.

During the hospital’s recent annual Volunteer Service Awards dinner, more than 150 volunteers who donated more than 21,000 hours of their time and talent during 2017 were honored.

“Your kind and caring actions make a difference in the lives of patients, visitors and staff,” said Kathy Willoughby, the hospital’s Manager of Volunteer Services. “Our volunteers come from various backgrounds but are here with the similar shared goal of helping others through their volunteer service.”

Bruce James, President and CEO of Union Hospital, and Robert Horn, Chairman of the hospital’s Board of Directors, also thanked the volunteers for their service. Horn noted that the value of service provided to the hospital during 2017 was more than $508,000.

Two volunteers, Betty Ickes and Connie Karlowicz, both of Dover, were honored for 25 years of service each and both were presented with the Helen Hostetler Lifetime Achievement Award for volunteering at the hospital. The honor is bestowed on volunteers who reach 25 years of service or more than 10,000 total service hours.

Ickes is a volunteer at the hospital’s Information Desk, while Karlowicz volunteers at the hospital’s Corner Shop gift shop and is a member of the Corner Shop Committee.

Betty Menegay of Dover also was honored during the awards dinner for reaching an amazing 50 years of volunteer service to the hospital. Menegay is a volunteer at the hospital’s Information Desk.

Others who received pins for service hour milestones were the following:

  • 500 hours of service – Ric Blind, Jan Ochsenbine and Marty Ochsenbine, all of New Philadelphia; Caroline McGraw and Aaryn Stockon of Dover; and Harry Stewart of Scio.
  • 1,000 hours of service – Charlie Demuth and John Geisinger of New Philadelphia; Jack Griffin and Deb Horn of Dover; and Sharon Baggozi of Sherrodsville.
  • 2,000 hours of service – Dave Baker and Myrna Hugh of New Philadelphia; and Doreen Ley and Mary Warfield of Dover.
  • 3,000 hours of service – Jim Picchetti of New Philadelphia.
  • 4,000 hours of service – Jane Newland and Melody Rader of Dover.
  • 7,000 hours of service – Shirley Grafe of New Philadelphia.
  • 8,000 hours of service – Dan Pompey of New Philadelphia.

Volunteers at the hospital work at the Information Desk, Corner Shop gift shop, Surgery Reception room, South Entrance lobby, deliver hospital mail and work in many department of the hospital assisting patients and hospital staff.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the hospital, contact Willoughby at (330) 364-0833 or via e-mail at

Information about Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital and all of its services available to the community is available on the hospital website at, and on the hospital’s pages on Facebook and Twitter (@Union_Hospital).

About Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital

Founded in 1906, Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital serves Tuscarawas and surrounding counties in Eastern Ohio with a staff of more than 1,100 people, and has more than 300 providers on its medical staff. The 100-bed hospital has several off-campus satellite services available, as well as operating a hospital-owned physician network (Union Physician Services) with numerous offices and more than 30 providers. Visit us at

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 52,000 employees are more than 3,600 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 14,000 nurses, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic’s health system includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 11 regional hospitals, more than 150 northern Ohio outpatient locations – including 18 full-service family health centers and three health and wellness centers – and locations in Weston, Fla.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2017, there were 7.6 million outpatient visits, 229,000 hospital admissions and 207,000 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at Follow us at News and resources available at


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