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Published on June 07, 2018

Medical Center Recognizes Volunteers, Present Donation

The Volunteers at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena were recognized for their continued service at their annual banquet in May. During 2017, 190 active and episodic volunteers contributed 29,327 hours of service in a variety of areas at the Medical Center in Alpena. At the banquet, many volunteers were presented with pins commemorating their service by number of years, hours in 2017 and hours overall.

Volunteers serve a variety of roles at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena. Some assist patients and staff in the Surgical Lounge and serve as escorts in both the Emergency Department and Cancer Center. Volunteers also help to greet patients in the Medical Center’s main lobby and at the information desk, as well as drive the courtesy van. In addition, volunteers spend many hours off site making handcrafted items such as baby caps and booties for newborns and pillows for patients that provide comforting and personal touches to the care they receive while at the Medical Center.

Photo of members of MidMichigan Medical Center - Alpena Volunteers Services holding pledge check for the Medical Center's Emergency Department renovations.MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena’s Volunteers presented George Smart, vice president of finance, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena; Ann Diamond, director, MidMichigan Health Foundation, and Chuck Sherwin, vice president and chief nursing officer, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena, with a check toward their pledge to the Medical Center’s Emergency Department. Pictured left to right: Smart, Pennie Morrison, Timm, Grace Gagnon, Val Fuhrman, Ray Anderson, Diamond and Sherwin.

In addition to their time, volunteers provide important financial support by raising funds through special events and from sales in The Gift Corner. Presenting a $75,000 check to George Smart, vice president of finance, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena; Ann Diamond, director, MidMichigan Health Foundation, and Chuck Sherwin, vice president and chief nursing officer, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena, were volunteers Pennie Morrison, Grace Gagnon, Val Fuhrman and Ray Anderson, along with Amanda Timm, manager of volunteer services, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena. To date, the volunteers have raised and donated $300,000 toward their pledge of $350,000 which helped fund the recent renovation of the Emergency Department.

Timm said at the banquet: “I want to thank you all for your continued service and dedication that you provide year after year to the Medical Center. Your service directly impacts the experience that our patients and visitors have when they come to our Medical Center, and we all know that our patients are our families, friends, and neighbors from the community.”

In addition to recognizing the volunteer efforts, Judy Jewell, chair of the Scholarship Committee, presented two Thelma Orr Memorial Scholarships. The scholarships are named in honor of Thelma Orr, R.N., director of nursing, and founding member of the Auxiliary at the Medical Center in Alpena. The $1,500 scholarships are made available every year to students in their second year of studies in a field related to human medicine.

Photo of 2018 Volunteer Scholarship winners, Sheldon Elkie and Ashley Smith.The annual Thelma Orr Memorial Scholarships were awarded to Sheldon Elkie and Ashley Smith during a recent banquet celebrating volunteers of MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena. Seen here are Sheldon Elkie (right) with Judy Jewell, chair of the MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena Volunteer Services Scholarship Committee, and Michelle Smith (left), who accepted the scholarship on behalf of her daughter Ashley.

This year, scholarships were awarded to Sheldon Elkie and Ashley Smith. Elkie is a recent graduate of Alpena Community College and will transfer to Saginaw Valley State University to pursue a degree in occupational therapy. Smith, who was unable to attend the banquet, anticipates graduating in December 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Oakland University.

Other members of the selection committee included Elaine Kingsbury, Geri Lasecki, Darlene Sommerfeld and Teresa Yachik.

Timm was pleased with the turnout at this year’s banquet. “It is great to take the time outside of our regular roles and schedules, one night each year, to visit and to focus on celebrating the service the volunteers provide. We couldn’t do what we do without them.”

Those interested in volunteering at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena may contact Timm at (989) 356-7546 or visit www.midmichgian.org/volunteers.