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Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers volunteers honored

Published: Monday, June 30, 2014 8:30 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014 8:38 p.m. CDT
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Morris Hospital Patient Transportation manager Tina Carter (left) presents Shirley Bonomo, of Morris, with a special award for achieving 35 years of service as a volunteer with Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers.

MORRIS – Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers recently honored 606 volunteers for their dedicated service during the annual volunteer recognition luncheon. In the past year, volunteers at Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers donated a record breaking 55,451 hours of service.

The greatest number of volunteer hours are donated to the Morris Hospital Patient Transportation Service, which utilizes a team of about 80 volunteers to provide community members with rides to more than 16,000 medical appointments each year, according to a news release from the hospital. In the past year, volunteers donated 28,897 hours to make the Patient Transportation Service possible.

In addition to Patient Transportation, volunteers donated 5,877 hours to the emergency response Lifeline service; 4,489 to the main reception desk; 2,728 to the surgical waiting room; 1,281 hours to the outpatient greeter desk; 1,085 hours to the outpatient surgery desk; 1,085 hours to the courtesy/rehabilitation shuttle; 905 hours to medical records; 800 hours to special events; 790 hours to sewing; and thousands of additional hours to many other departments and services, according to the news release.

Along with being recognized for achieving milestones in service hours, five volunteers were honored with Years of Service awards: Jan Christensen, Char Orndorff and Iva Jean Voelcker for 25 years of volunteer service; Marilyn Wilder for 30 years of volunteer service and Shirley Bonomo for 35 years of volunteer service. All five are residents of Morris.

Another highlight of the luncheon was the presentation of the Morris Lions Club “Citizen of the Year” award to the volunteers of Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers. The Lions selected the Volunteers of Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers for unselfishly donating their time and helping people in the community.

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