Rumford Hospital honors its volunteers


RUMFORD – Rumford Hospital thanks its volunteers for their donated hours at a luncheon and program every year. Thirty volunteers and staff members had lunch at the Madison during Volunteer Week, May 23 to 29.

The volunteers do a variety of jobs around the hospital. Some file, some visit patients, some work in the Auxiliary Coffee Shop. A new volunteer position recently opened in the cafeteria.

Diane York, nurse manager of the medical/surgical unit, and Jane Bubar, director of community relations, presented a program on “Patient Visitors.” Patient visitors are volunteers who visit patients on the medical/surgical unit and in the intensive care unit to discover if there is anything more the hospital staff could be doing for them.

John Welsh, hospital CEO, presented the two volunteers who had accumulated the most hours, Effie Waite, 472, and Pat Hopkins, 272, with special gifts. He also recognized four other volunteers: Rose Reed, Jean Tyler, Sylvia Arsenault and Sonya Robinson, who donated more than 100 hours over the past year.

Volunteer Coordinator Priscilla Bickford concluded the event by thanking the volunteers and handing out gifts as they left.

People interested in volunteering at Rumford Hospital should call Bickford at 369-1042.