FARMINGTON — Franklin Memorial Hospital’s Bass Room was the setting of a recognition celebration for Franklin Community Health Network’s volunteers. The program included a social time, dinner, and entertainment by the Old Crow Band.

The 70 volunteers attending received gifts, certificates,service bars, and pins in recognition of their efforts. 14 won door prizes.

Jodi Cordes, recruitment and volunteer services administrator, addressed the group, saying, “You donate your time and talents day after day and with energy, enthusiasm and commitment that is inspirational. The appreciation we feel for you is truly second to none.”

Cordes introduced Miriam Leonard, FCHN chief operating officer, who joined the organization in November. “Having friendly faces, giving directions, escorting individuals to their destinations, and providing correct information all contribute to positive patient experiences,” she said. “We are grateful that you choose to spend your time here helping others.”

FCHN has 122 volunteers who help out in numerous hospital departments and affiliated FCHN organizations, contributing 19,189 hours of service this past year. Volunteers can be found greeting patients at the escort desk, parking cars, decorating for special functions, filing, processing orders in shipping and receiving, and reminding patients of their appointments.

Volunteers receiving pins for accumulating 100+ hours for the first time were Robert Taylor, Tasha Reed, Catherine Decker, Linda Sornberger, Nancy Baxter, Kayla Karkos, Gretchen Legler, Roberta Richardson, Jen Olsen, and Sharon Sauschuck.

Cordes gave special recognition to the top 10 contributors this past year: Pam Yenco, 661 hours; Eugene Martineau, 610; Nye Mosher, 576; Jean Rand, 550; Valerie Taylor, 464; Bonnie Slater, 458; Frank Slater, 451; Alvin McDonald, 404; Gloria Norton, 384; and Marion Hutchinson, 332.

In addition, perks to being a volunteer include skills training, free holiday turkey, free flu shot, and complimentary meal privileges.

FMI, volunteer: 207-779-2635.

The top 10 volunteers in hours worked in the last year at Franklin Memorial Hospital are, from left, Pam Yenco, Valerie Tayler, Nye Mosher, Gloria Norton, Jean Rand, Bonnie Slater, Marion Hutchinson, Frank Slater, Alvin McDonald and Gene Martineau.

Big band, march, polka and swing music was provided by the Old Crow Band.


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