Kenmore Mercy Celebrates Accomplishments of Dedicated Volunteers

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July 24, 2009

During a recent recognition ceremony, Kenmore Mercy Hospital paid tribute to its more than 300 dedicated volunteers, including the following individuals whose outstanding efforts were awarded.

The Leadership Pin

The Leadership Pin, given to volunteers in leadership roles, was awarded to Margret Was of Tonawanda, a volunteer since 2002 and current Auxiliary President.

The Caring Hands Pin

The Caring Hands Pin, given to volunteers who use their hands to care for others, was awarded to Marietta Wenneman of Kenmore, a volunteer in the gift shop, serving Kenmore Mercy since 1995; and Fred Caughill of Buffalo, a pharmacy volunteer since 1985.

The Above & Beyond Pin

The Above & Beyond Pin, given to volunteers who go the extra mile to help others, was awarded to Carol Bond of Amherst, an Auxiliary member and a front desk patient information volunteer; and Jean Reimers of North Tonawanda, a volunteer since 1995 who helps in admissions at the front desk/patient information.

The Helping Hands Pin

The Helping Hands Pin, given to those who are always there to help others, was awarded to Joann Folts of Buffalo, a volunteer since 2004 and an Auxiliary member who serves in the gift shop and at the patient information front desk; Norm Skowronski of North Tonawanda, a volunteer on 3 East who helps the Knee and Hip Center with transport or patients and running errands; and Michael Martin of Buffalo, a volunteer since 2004 and a member of the Auxiliary, who serves in the gift shop.

The Hearts & Star Pin

The Hearts & Star Pin, for volunteers who go about their service with a big heart, was awarded to Arlene Cooke of Kenmore, a volunteer since 2006 in the surgical waiting room and at the front desk; and Jim Braun of Tonawanda, an emergency room liaison volunteer since 2004.

The Shooting Star Pin

The Shooting Star Pin, for volunteers who are stars in their volunteer roles, was awarded to Olive Engl of Kenmore, a volunteer since 1994 and an Auxiliary member who serves in the gift shop.

The Hearts & Hands Pin

The Hearts & Hands Pin, for volunteers who help with their hands and their hearts, was awarded to Bessie Judd of Tonawanda, a volunteer in the surgical waiting room.

The Heart of Gold Pin

The Heart of Gold Pin, for those volunteers truly who have a heart of gold and live Catholic Health’s values effectively every time they volunteer, was awarded to Patricia Stewart of Kenmore, a volunteer since 1979 who trains new volunteers and serves in many different departments; and Claire Nienhaus of Buffalo, a Eucharistic Minister volunteer since 2002.

The Commitment to Excellence Pin

The Commitment to Excellence Pin, given to volunteers who strive for excellence in everything they do, was awarded to Shirley Lukasik of Buffalo has volunteered since 2001 and helps in the transport office; and Jim Purpora of Grand Island who has volunteered since 2006 and helps in the patient transport volunteer and every Red Cross blood drive.