Union Hospital honored its Volunteers and presented service pins at a banquet event Wednesday evening at the Tuscarawas County Senior Center in Dover. Kathy Willoughby, UH Manager of Volunteer Services, thanked the hospitals 125 adult and teen volunteers for their donation of nearly 20,000 hours of service to the hospital in 2014.
“You give so generously of your time and talents, adding so much to Union Hospital’s ability to give compassionate care to our patients and their families,” Willoughby said.
Adding their thanks and congratulations to the group were Bruce James, UH President and CEO, and James Knisely, chairman of the UH Board of Trustees. They presented service pins to the Volunteers who achieved service milestones in hours served over the past year.
Top honors went to Cathy Liegel of Dover who surpassed 9,000 hours of service, covering 43 years at Union Hospital.
Carol Kies of New Philadelphia received her pin for 6,000 hours covering a span of 40 years. Over her 21 years as a UH Volunteer, Betty Ickes of Dover has served 5,000 volunteer hours. Receiving a pin for 4,000 hours of service was Georgetta Decker of Dover.
Pins for 3,000 hours of total service were awarded to Barbara Gennert, Melody Rader, Bonnie Richardson of Dover, and Doris Webber of Bolivar.
A two-thousand hour service pin was presented to Jim Picchetti of New Philadelphia.
Recognized for 1,000 service hours were Dave Baker of New Philadelphia, Rosemary Merrin of Newcomerstown, and Mary Warfield of Dover.
Earning their 500 hour service pins were Ruth Ann Berry and Patty Brink of Dover, Chris Rabes and Lynn Zehnder of Strasburg, Marilyn Wills of Bolivar, and Kim Youngen of New Philadelphia.
Adult Service Awards, recognizing volunteers donating the most hours in 2014, were presented to New Philadelphia residents Shirley Grafe for 609 hours, Dan Pompey with 468 hours, Marc Maurer with 455 hours, and Key Specht with 419 hours. Serving 527 hours was Barbara Gennert of Dover.
James Knisely, chairman of the hospital’s Board of Trustees, thanked the volunteers on behalf of the hospital and its patients. He stressed the important role volunteers play in service to patients and visitors in so many ways throughout the hospital.