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Hospital auxiliary awards highlight volunteers

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 5/1/2013

Ransom Memorial Hospital received a healthful dose of volunteerism in 2012.

The RMH Auxiliary’s 109 volunteers gave the hospital, 1301 S. Main St., Ottawa, a shot in the arm by providing 16,191 hours of volunteer service in 2012, Jody Lancaster, Ransom’s director of volunteer services, said. Those volunteers were honored during the auxiliary’s Spring Awards Celebration last week at Sacred Heart Parish Center, 426 S. Cedar St., Ottawa.

Ransom Memorial Hospital received a healthful dose of volunteerism in 2012.

The RMH Auxiliary’s 109 volunteers gave the hospital, 1301 S. Main St., Ottawa, a shot in the arm by providing 16,191 hours of volunteer service in 2012, Jody Lancaster, Ransom’s director of volunteer services, said. Those volunteers were honored during the auxiliary’s Spring Awards Celebration last week at Sacred Heart Parish Center, 426 S. Cedar St., Ottawa.

“We all know that the value of volunteers extends far beyond $21.79 per hour, [according to some studies] put out there by the independent sector,” Lancaster told the audience at the April 24 awards dinner. “We all know the larger impact of volunteerism on patients served, staff supported and the community benefits creates a far greater value — value that can’t be measured in numbers.”

Mary Royse, auxiliary president, thanked volunteers for their service

“Ransom Memorial Auxiliary, you are awesome,” Royse said. “When I say awesome, I feel like a part of the younger generation. With them, everything is awesome.”

Royse defined what awesome meant for the auxiliary: attitude, wisdom, empathy, service, optimism, mercy and excellence. She encouraged volunteers to strive for excellence in all they do.

The auxiliary presented three special awards.

Elaine Roberts received the Frances Swift Distinguished Service Award. The award is named for the auxiliary’s first president. Swift served from 1934 to 1953.

Roberts joined the auxiliary in spring 1963, beginning as a volunteer on the juice cart, according to a news release. An active member of the Ottawa community, Roberts also has “taken care of the magazines ever since she began volunteering,” the release said. When asked what has been her best experience as a volunteer, Roberts said making new friends.

Roberts said she enjoys her grandchildren, sharing dinner with family and friends and attending a good musical stage play in a theater.

Jim Lancaster received the RMH Ambassador Award, which is presented to a volunteer who has done an “outstanding job of telling our hospital’s good story to members of our community,” the release said.

A self-proclaimed “people person,” Lancaster always is willing to talk about the hospital and the good things that are happening there when he is out in the community, the release said.

When not promoting the hospital, Lancaster said, he enjoys golfing, fishing, traveling via motor home and attending all of his grandchildren’s sporting events.

Royse was presented with the Volunteer of the Year Award.

“When our recipient joined the auxiliary, she wanted to give back to her community something of what she so generously received from it,” Larry Felix, chief executive officer of the hospital, said in the release. “She has been active as a community and church volunteer, but is always willing to lend a helping hand as an auxiliary volunteer.”

Royse has volunteered in outpatient surgery, been a mentor of Health Adventures, works at the information desk, substitutes in the gift shop, serves on the auxiliary board and has volunteered for many of the hospital’s fundraising projects, Felix said. Health Adventures is an auxiliary program designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn more about health care professions and the workings of a hospital.

“She has seen many changes, but the greatest change is from an old hospital to a new state-of-the-art hospital,” Felix said. “She has a very supportive husband and family. One of the volunteers who nominated her noted that she promotes Ransom whenever possible and volunteers with a smile.”

Jody Lancaster told Ransom volunteers they brought their own unique enthusiasm, creative ideas, energy and vitality to the departments in which they volunteered.

“Our RMH volunteers contribute to the quality of life of our patients — giving attention and comfort that staff cannot provide because they are busy taking care of the medical side of things,” Lancaster said. “Without our volunteers, our hospital is just another ordinary hospital.”

Lancaster honored volunteers who received pins for hours of service, and she recognized some volunteers who reached milestone anniversaries of service.  

Those receiving pins were:

• 50 hours: Lavon Hettler, Beverly Hughes, Twila Parkhurst and Jane Smith.• 100 hours: Ruth Chapman, Kate Ferguson, Claudia Gibson, Sherry Hiles, Trent Lancaster, Judy Lanning, Sue Olmsted, Warren Smith and Bob Wootten.

• 500 hours: Jane Boese, Mable Gilliland, Linda Jensen, Karen Stine and Pauline Yockey.

• 1,000 hours: Carolyn Blake, Linda Cain, Carol Hiatt, Jeanne Logan and Dean Royse.

• 2,000 hours: Vivian Butler, Dora Davis, Joyce Wasmund and Vera Weber.

• 3,000 hours: Mary Ellen Wood and Angeline Wootten.

• 5,000 hours: Lela Mae Santarpia.

• 6,000 hours: Carolyn Wilkerson.

• 7,000 hours: Linda Clevenger.

• 9,000 hours: Golden Peterson.

Volunteers honored for their years of service were:

• Five years: Carol Bauck, Lyndell Beauchamp, Vivian Butler, Carolina Coleman, Doris Ledom, Jeanne Logan, Dean Royse, Melissa Spratt and Sandy Waldron.

• 10 years: Janice Green, Maxine Pollom and Marshall Werth.

• 15 years: Gladys Welton and Angeline Wootten.

• 20 years: Willa Lee White.

• 25 years: Ginny Bromert.

• 50 years: Elaine Roberts.

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