celebrates 55 years of volunteer services
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[April 21, 2009]
There are dozens of people
working at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital every week who never
collect a paycheck.
Pictured, from left
to right: Janet Haning, who has worked at the ALMH information desk
and gift shop for six years; Sandy Johnson, a gift shop volunteer
who has worked at ALMH for about five years during two periods; and
Lois Leonard, who has volunteered in the gift shop for more than two
These volunteers -- more than 50 in all -- have worked more than
6,000 hours in the last six months, according to Lynne Metz, manager
of volunteers and special services at ALMH. That's a value of more
than $120,000, using a state formula that calculates the worth of
"Even before there was a building, the
volunteers were and are the foundation of the hospital," said
Shirley Dittus, a member of the auxiliary board and a volunteer who
began in 1954, the same year ALMH opened its doors at its current
ALMH volunteers were honored Monday at a luncheon at the First
Presbyterian Church. This year marks 55 years of volunteer service
at the community hospital.
"To think of a hospital without volunteers is probably a hollow
place. We simply could not do the work of the hospital without the
volunteers," said Dolan Dalpoas, president and chief executive
officer at ALMH. "It's an amazing service you provide, and you are
helping to improve the health of the people and the communities we
Volunteers do everything from staffing the hospital gift shop to
transporting specimens to the lab and from helping patients get in
and out of their cars to tracking down information for patients and
their families. Auxiliary volunteers also staff In The Pink, a
resale clothing shop in Lincoln that's open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds from
the shop benefit hospital programs.
"The work they do is truly an integral part of fulfilling the
hospital's mission," Metz said.
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In fact, one volunteer recently took that a step further. Deb Short
noticed a patient who had a young baby and was coming in twice a
week for fetal stress tests. The woman was new to the area and
didn't have a baby sitter. Short offered to watch the baby so the
mother could have her testing done without worrying about the child,
and she even offered to watch the baby when the newborn arrives.
Charlene Bowers, a volunteer who checks blood pressure for free
every Tuesday at ALMH, says she enjoys her work.
Most volunteers will echo the sentiment that their
responsibilities are both fun and fulfilling.
"I just thought I'd give back," said MaryRose Morehead. "I want
everyone in the area to know how good the hospital is. I think I can
do that by showing them how much the hospital means to me."
[Text from file received
from Abraham Lincoln Memorial