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Hilo Medical Center volunteers honored at luncheon

Special to Hawaii 24/7 by Elena Cabatu |Community Relations Manager Hilo Medical Center

Hilo Medical Center honored the hospital’s volunteers last month at the annual Volunteer Awards Luncheon. This year’s theme was “Volunteers Build a Better World.”

According to the Volunteer Office, nearly 140 volunteers, ranging in age from 15 to 96 years old, contributed a total of 22,299 hours to more than 30 different areas of the hospital in 2009.

During the luncheon, the hospital’s Executive Management Team awarded certificates and presented service pins and small gifts of appreciation for volunteers with 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 years of service.

The following volunteers were recognized:

  • 5 Years: Amy Higuchi (Palm Tree Gift Shop & Admitting); Jo Mitchel (Short Stay Department & Extended Care); Sandy Zane (Short Stay Department & Extended Care)
  • 10 Years: Garry Maeda (Auxiliary President)
  • 15 Years: Marilyn Hasegawa (Short Stay Department)
  • 21 Years: Rosaline Victorine (Central Supply)
  • 25 Years: Kay Harast (Volunteer Office); Virginia Maeda (Palm Tree Gift Shop); Pat Sakmar (Medical Library); Lei Tsuji (Medical Records); Helen Young (Admitting)

Volunteers were treated to a meal of shrimp scampi, sirloin steak with gravy, Chinese chicken salad and chocolate cake prepared by HMC’s Food and Nutrition Services.

“Hilo Medical Center is so fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers,” said Joanne Yoshiyama, Volunteer Office Coordinator. “We have high school students volunteering for their senior project all the way up to seniors who greet patients and visitors at the information desk.”

At the luncheon, HMC Department Managers and staff volunteered their time to serve meals and beverages to our dedicated volunteers. Door prizes were donated by businesses in our community, staff and HMC volunteers.

For more information about volunteering at Hilo Medical Center, call the Volunteer Office at 974-4715.

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