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Atrium Medical Center Honors Volunteers

Middletown, Ohio, April 23, 2010 – As part of its National Volunteer Week celebration, Atrium Medical Center honored 55 adult volunteers at the annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet on April 21. This year’s event honored 52 volunteers who reached milestones of service to the hospital and were recognized for a cumulative total of more than 190,000 hours of service to Atrium Medical Center and Atrium Health System. In addition, three volunteers were honored for their long service. They were Mariana Fisher (11,735 hours), Betty Latham (11,585 hours) and Margaret Miller (25,250 hours).

Atrium’s volunteers serve in 45 hospital departments and at off-site departments such as the hospital’s Dialysis and Sports Medicine Centers. They also participate in a number of special programs including the gift shop, handmade baby hats and SMILE (chemo) caps.

Betty Young of Trenton was honored for more than 25,000 hours of service. Young was a candy striper at Middletown Hospital back in the mid-1940s and returned to volunteer at Middletown Regional Hospital with her husband, Dick, when he retired in 1987. Young volunteered on Main I for three years. She and her husband volunteered together in Physical Therapy and Patient Services. Young volunteered in Radiology, where she was chosen to train new volunteers. In recent years, the Youngs volunteered in the Emergency Department and currently volunteer in the Inpatient Rehab Department at Atrium Medical Center. Young is also active in the Auxiliary and serves as chairwoman for the Auxiliary’s Chemo Hats program.

Emma Beebe of Middletown was honored for more than 23,000 hours of service. Beebe has been an American Red Cross volunteer at the hospital since 1962 and is still actively volunteering at the age of 91. She has served all of those years in the Emergency Department and Patient Services. She also volunteered in other activities for the Red Cross including Disaster Services, serving breakfast at the old Central School, and in the 805 Clinic on Main Street. In the community, Beebe was an active member of the Middletown Women’s Bowling Association for 40 years and was named to the organization’s Hall of Fame.

Other volunteers honored for reaching milestones of service include:

  • 15,000 Hours: James Bruner (Patient Services & Mail Cart)
  • 13,000 Hours: Darlene Abney (Gift Shop—Co-manager)
  • 12,000 Hours: Doris Brandon (Patient Services)
  • 10,000 Hours: Joyce Burnett (Gift Shop—Co-manager); Alice Carll (Patient Services)
  • 7,000 Hours: Barbara Dillon (Gift Shop); Jane Kern (Administration)
  • 6,000 Hours: Joanne Worrell (Pharmacy and Medical Staff Office)
  • 5,000 Hours: Jonah Carpenter (Materials Management & Environmental Services)
  • 4,000 Hours: Geri Gorman (Patient Services); Amy Pretty (Pre-Admission Testing)
  • 3,000 Hours: Floyd Bender (Pharmacy); Barbara Hatfield (Patient Services); Betty Jackson (Patient Services); Katherine Oellerich (Gift Shop); Joseph Pollock (Mail Cart); Bill Riggs (Rehab & CCU)
  • 2,000 Hours: Ray Cary (Pastoral Care & Pain Ctr.); Joanne Lickliter (Information Desk); Joyce Porter (Patient Services); Dorothy Weaver (Patient Services)
  • 1,000 Hours: Ralph Abney (Gift Shop); Carol Bishop (Information Desk); Steve Burwick (Patient Services); Dick Casey (Information Desk); Mary Elam (Patient Services); Leonard Fugate (Admitting); Gerry Gunderson (Patient Services); Joseph Hearlihy (Patient Services); Beth Kast (Surgery); Alta Marshall (Patient Services); Bob McGuire (Patient Services); Genny Overholser (Women’s Center & Volunteer Office); Bruce Peters (Patient Services); Ramona Plumbo (Patient Services); Patty Reese (Mail Cart and Cardiovascular Surgical Unit); Al Worrell (Mail Cart)
  • 500 Hours: Glenna Combs (Gift Shop); Julie Cook (Gift Shop); John Crouch (Patient Services); Judi Dowden (Gift Shop); Thomas Dowden (Gift Shop); Deb Duncan (Patient Services); Norma Fultz (Human Resources & Information Desk); Helen Haass (Admitting); Patricia Isaacs (Patient Services); Jerry Johnson (Gift Shop); Bobby Marconi (Medical Records); Dee Markle (Gift Shop); Gerry McGuire (Admitting); Margery Wells (Research Office)

Last year 335 members of our community gave more than 47,000 hours of their time to assist Atrium Medical Center in serving our patients and their families. These people volunteered in 60 hospital departments and programs.

There are volunteer positions available days, evenings and on weekends. For more information about volunteer opportunities and how to apply, please call the Volunteer Services Office at (513) 420-5201 or you can download information and applications.