Hospital volunteers log long hours
These volunteers were honored at a luncheon recently at Ti Amo Restaurant in Eagle-Vail.
“One of the ingredients that makes us unique is having a volunteer corps that adds the warmth to the organization,” lauded President and Chief Executive Tom Zellers. “Thank you for adding a fifth dimension to our organization.”
He also mentioned an award the hospital has received recently – the emergency room was picked as the top E.R. for service in all of Colorado.
The Volunteer Corps was founded in 1979 and has grown from an original 13 members to the present membership of around 200 volunteers with over 14,000 hours donated in 2003.
The volunteers assist in many departments at Vail Valley Medical Center, the Shaw Regional Cancer Center and, as of 2003, in the emergency departments of Breckenridge and Keystone medical centers in Summit County.
Volunteer staff the information desks at both the Vail Valley Medical Center and the Shaw Regional Cancer Center. They also work in the gift shop and the emergency room at Vail Valley Medical Center as well as at the Beaver Creek clinic during ski season.
Volunteers also serve at the patient care unit and the emergency departments at Breckenridge and Keystone.
They also handed out more than 800 helmets and checked car seats at a “Think First” campaign.
And boy, do those ladies and gentlemen give of their time. While most of us were enjoying powder days and hiking, people like Dottie Gould, June Frasier and Magda Vossler racked up 2,000 hours in volunteer time. Cathie Douglas. Jane Misakian and Marilyn Hopson logged 2,500 hours while Mary Jo Froberg volunteered 3,500.
Sue Mason and Jean Tally added on 4,000 hours each, with Laura Garbe hitting 5,500.
Mason, who chaired the immensely successful fashion show featuring Neiman Marcus last year, was honored as volunteer of the year.
For more information on volunteering at the hospitals, please call 479-5109.