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BOLIVIA, N.C. – At a recent volunteer appreciation event, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center leaders recognized the hospital’s 222 volunteers for the 29,532 hours of time – and the vital contributions – they gave to the hospital in 2017. Traditional volunteers and volunteer chaplains were celebrated with a luncheon at the River Room at Lockwood Folly.
“Since 2010, we’ve tripled the number of volunteer hours supporting the medical center from 10,000 to 30,000,” said Deborah Rochelle, manager of volunteer services. “The volunteer contribution is remarkable and we recognize the vital role they play in our organization.”
Special recognition was given to Eric Dunn, who received the President’s Volunteer Service Award. He has 4,249 hours of service and has served at Brunswick Medical Center for 7 years.
Three volunteers who contributed the most hours were also recognized: Kay Limon, 7,121 hours over 9 years; Richard Seidler, 5,640 hours over 22 years; and Diane Marinella, 5,484 hours over 21 years.
“Every day, our volunteers give unselfishly of themselves, from the smile and greeting at the door to the assistance someone needs in the surgical waiting room or the gift for the new baby,” Rochelle said. “Our volunteers are truly exceptional people.”
Hospital volunteers hold several fundraising events each year, including uniform, book and jewelry sales, to support special projects at the hospital and outreach to the community. Volunteers use a portion of the funds raised to give scholarships to students who have volunteered at the hospital.
Two junior volunteers, Parker Smyth and Austin Reed, received scholarship awards in the amount of $1,500. Hospital volunteers also presented a check for $2,500 to Brunswick Community College.
Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center will be hosting new volunteer information sessions from 10 a.m. to noon on the following dates:
For more information on Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center’s volunteer program or to request an application, call 910-721-1493 or visit NovantHealth.org/Volunteer.