Published on May 22, 2019

Medical Center Recognizes Volunteers at Annual Appreciation Banquet

Photo of MidMichigan Medical Center - Alpena Volunteers presenting donation check to Chuck Sherwin, president, MidMichigan Medical Center - Alpena.

Left to right: Deb Pokorzynski, vice president, nursing services; Amanda Timm, manager, volunteer services; Chuck Sherwin, president, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena; Elaine Kingsbury, Ann Diamond, director, MidMichigan Health Foundation; Jeanne Nowak; Diane Stepanski; Jan Artley and Dennis Artley.

Volunteers at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena were recently recognized for their continued support of Medical Center staff and patients at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet. Many volunteers were presented with pins acknowledging milestones in hours and years of service by Amanda Timm, manager, volunteer services.

In 2018 alone, volunteers provided more than 28,000 hours of support at the Medical Center, donated more than $33,000 from special fundraisers and their monthly Used Book Sales and created almost 1,900 items such as blankets and baby hats and booties to help provide patients with the comfort of a hand-crafted gift.

After enjoying a meal together, Chuck Sherwin, president, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena, provided the group with an update on the positive progress the Medical Center has made since joining MidMichigan Health and shared his enthusiasm for the upcoming patient tower project to begin in 2020. He emphatically thanked the volunteers for their dedication and their concentration on helping to deliver excellent patient care.

In addition, Ann Diamond, development director, MidMichigan Health Foundation, gave a brief history of gifts made by the volunteers to the Medical Center over the years, dating back to 1976. Their impressive total reached more than $2 million dollars. Volunteers then presented another check to leadership, this time for $50,000 which completed their $350,000 pledge that assisted with renovations to the Emergency Department.

Before the night was through, the volunteer team also presented two $1,500 Thelma Orr Scholarships to local students pursuing their education in the field of human medicine, Natalie Goff from Michigan State University and Aaron (A.J.) Nowak from Central Michigan University.

“It is great to take the time outside of our regular roles and schedules one night each year to visit, present deserving student with scholarships and celebrate the amazing service of our volunteers. We couldn’t do what we do without them,” Timm said.