Canton, Ohio – Mercy Medical Center recently announced it awarded four volunteers with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national honor offered in recognition of volunteer service.
Established in 2003, the award is available on an annual basis to individuals, groups and families who have met or exceeded requirements for volunteer service and have demonstrated exemplary citizenship through volunteering. As one of thousands
of certifying organizations participating in the award program, Mercy Medical Center confers the award to recognize the outstanding achievements of its volunteers.
Mercy has a long history of volunteer service, and in 2008, more than 800 volunteers gave over 88,000 hours of service. Areas of service include Mercy Boutique, Mercy Senior Friends, main lobby information desks, floral and plant shop, physical therapy, and surgery billing.
“In his 2002 State of the Union Address, President George W. Bush created the USA Freedom Corps, and called on every American to make a lifelong commitment to volunteer service. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals and families who have answered that call,” said Angela Hayes, manager of Mercy Volunteer Services.
Two of Mercy’s adult volunteers, Mary Hatchett and Loel Stein, and two teen volunteers, Raquel Fete and Olivia Smith, have been recognized for their service accomplishments. Hatchett has served patients, visitors and staff of the Medical Center since 2007, accounting for over 600 hours of volunteer service. Hatchett currently serves at the main lobby information desk and Mercy Pastoral Care office.
“Volunteering is a rewarding experience mainly because I am still serving the families that I was serving when I was working in the school district,” said Hatchett. “When I was working, I devoted my time to my job. Now that I have retired, I feel that it is important to devote that time in other ways in order to continue giving back to my community.”
Stein also started his volunteerism in 2007 and has already given over 700 hours of service. For Stein, serving as a volunteer Eucharistic Minister and at the Mercy Cancer Center information desk is important. “I have reached a point in my life where I am finally able to give something of value back to my fellow man and my community,” said Stein. “I consider it an honor to be a volunteer at Mercy Medical Center and to be able to serve with the wonderful and competent professionals and staff here. I would enthusiastically encourage anyone considering becoming a volunteer to do so promptly,” Stein adds.
Fete has been volunteering at the Medical Center since the age of 15. She has served in many areas including the nursing units, main lobby information desk and Mercy Maternity Services. Fete feels that volunteering has been a positive experience for both herself and the people that she has served.
Smith also started her volunteer career at Mercy when she was 15. She has served in various areas of the Medical Center including the nursing units and the Mercy Gift Shop and says that her experience volunteering at Mercy has been a very positive one. “Volunteering has helped to make me a better person,” said Smith. “Everyone has been so nice and friendly, and the patients always seem to appreciate my help. Overall, the experience has also helped me to choose a career path.”
“These recipients of the President’s Volunteer Service Award are role models for all Americans,” Hayes said. “Each volunteer hour contributed makes a difference in improving the quality of life for others, and I encourage everyone to contribute to our community by volunteering. Volunteers bring us closer together as families, as communities and as a Nation, through their commitment.”
For more information about volunteering for Mercy Medical Center, please contact the Volunteer Services Department at 330-489-1106 or visit our Web site at cantonmercy.com
Mercy Medical Center, a nonprofit corporation of the Sisters of Charity Health System and University Hospitals Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 550 physicians on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carrollton, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community, including the provision of care to all, regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, see www.cantonmercy.com.
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