Last year volunteers at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, NY; St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY and Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY donated a record 80,014 hours of their time in service.
On May 1 these three hospitals of the Bon Secours Charity Health System invited volunteers to a Recognition Luncheon held at the picturesque Fountains Wallkill Golf Course in Middletown, NY. It was an opportunity for Bon Secours Charity Health System senior administrators to express their gratitude to the many dedicated men and women, ranging in age from high school students to senior citizens, who donate their time and energy.
Following a tradition that began last year, the theme of this special luncheon was “stars,” not only in tribute to the famous stars of stage and screen but also to the “stars” invited to the luncheon who selflessly volunteer their service throughout the year. Later in the program and much to everyone’s amusement, there was also a surprise visit by ”Diana Ross and the Supremes,” as played by Penny Mann, system director of volunteers, Volunteer Manager Amy Moore, and volunteer coordinators Lynn Beers and Andrea Studnitzer.
Mann acted as emcee for the day and told her audience of volunteers that they were essential to the success of the Bon Secours Charity Health System. She added that their service had resulted in immeasurable savings in resources that can be employed to provide the best possible healthcare in each community where they serve. “You are stars and stars produce light,” she said. “That’s what we see in our volunteers. And without light there is darkness.”
Dr. Mary Leahy, CEO of Bon Secours Charity Health System thanked and praised the volunteers for their valuable service to the community. “We appreciate all that you do,” she said.
Jeff Reilly, senior vice president/administrator Bon Secours Community Hospital and St. Anthony Community Hospital, echoed those sentiments. “We could not achieve all that we do without you,” he said. “You are always there for us.”
Deborah Marshall, vice president of public relations, marketing and strategic planning for Bon Secours Charity Health System served as awards presenter. She praised the volunteers for the important role they play and paid special tribute, presenting the Above and Beyond Award, to John Gafycz, an especially hard working volunteer who maintains the grounds at Bon Secours Community Hospital.
Volunteers Jim Toth of Bon Secours Community Hospital, Betty La Barbera of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center and Jane Beaty of St. Anthony Community Hospital received Volunteer of the Year Awards.
Guests also participated in a raffle for gift certificates and merchandise provided by local businesses.
“It’s wonderful that they do this for us,” said Patrick Colman of Warwick, a longtime volunteer at St. Anthony Community Hospital.