County-wide health system thanks its volunteers

More than 70 men and women who comprise the volunteer corps at Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York (LERHSNY) were honored during an annual luncheon as part of National Hospital Week activities. Linda Summers, FACHE, MBA, OT, chief operating officer (COO) at Lake Shore Health Care Center, said their commitment to care and customer service represented some 6,300 volunteer hours of service over the past year.

“We thank you for sharing your time and your talents to help us deliver the highest quality of care to our friends, families and community neighbors,” Summers said.

The luncheon was held at The Colony Restaurant in Irving, with the invocation given by Dorothea Tooley. This year’s theme was “Volunteers: The Heart of Our Community.” Volunteers provide services at LERHSNY locations including Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving and Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk in a range of areas such as Patient Registration, Patient Transport, Inpatient Care Units and Surgical Waiting Rooms. At Brooks Memorial Hospital, volunteers also assist in the Dialysis Unit and, on the Irving campus, volunteers provide services in the gift shop and the Long Term Care facility.

During the program and presentation of gifts, officials recognized recent Volunteer Program Directors Cindy Wlodarek and Barb Bajdas. Officials also thanked members of the Auxiliary of Brooks Memorial Hospital, the Auxiliary of Lake Shore Health Care Center, and the Board of Trustees for donating their time and skills to the health system that serves residents of northern Chautauqua, southern Erie, and western Cattaraugus counties. Also in attendance at the Recognition Luncheon were Jarrod Johnson, MBA, FACHE, chief operating officer at Brooks Memorial Hospital; Scott Butler, LERHSNY, vice president, marketing and public relations; and Roselle Atzrott, NR, BSN, CCE, CLC, Obstetrics/Gynecology Department director at BMH.

Volunteers recognized for their service during the past year included: Bajdas, Joanna Banach, Bonnie Beuglass, Jean Bracken, Anita Brown, Dorrine Burrows, Phyllis Buvoltz, Mildred Chiappone, Josie Crino, Neil Dempsey, Lena Elliott, Flo Ferrino, Al Fix, Marietta Godbey, Frances Grates, Ruby Green, Gerald Haase, Marian Hagen, Nancy Hargrave, Corrine Heid, Nancy Held, Mary Holton, Elaine Hotelling, Louise Howe, Bonnie Krall, Josie Lautenslaker, Joan Lawton, Sarah Lesch, Barb McCroskey and George McCroskey.

In addition, volunteers honored included Lynn McLeod, Dorothy Miniri, Nancy Neibel, Ed Newman, Jane Osborne, Cathy Pagett, Sylvia Peterson, Sandy Pilgrim, Betty Poole, Maria Romesburg, Thelma Saden, Denise Schwab, John Scott, Elaine Sinden, Donna Strand, Carmen Tampio, Betty Tell, Helen Thauer, Harold Tooley, Dorothea Tooley, Barb Villafranca, Reha Vogt, Joyce Wallum, Mary Ann Watson, Vicki Westling, Jean Wilt, Donald Woleben, Denise Workley, Jackie Wrigley and Stella Zielinski.