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Hospital volunteers called key part of care

Story and photos by Carolyn Pope

If dedication is the key to success, the volunteer corps for the Vail Valley Medical Center is possibly the most successful group in town. Last week, the corps inducted their new leading team at a special luncheon held at Balata. Andy Searls returns for another year as president and Ellen Fetterolf will become the new vice president. Managing the money will be treasurer Lisa Pease and assistant treasurer Maria Najier. Gunilla Isaksson, Mary Jo Froberg and Ellen Mitchell will be recording secretary, corresponding secretary and director of volunteer services.The year is a special one for the Volunteer Corps as it celebrates 25 years of serving the community.”When a patient comes out of an exam, the first impression is the person there to help them, not the report, not the imaging equipment,” said Thomas Zellers, chief executive of the hospital. “The importance of being on the front line is crucial.”This year, one of the high points was a $100,000 gift to Caring House, which came from funds raised at the Neiman Marcus fashion show held in March. To become part of the volunteer corps, you may download an application on the Vail Valley Medical Center website at vvmc.com or call the Medical Center at 476-2451.


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