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Heywood Hospital Honors Volunteers at Annual Dinner
In 2013 alone, Heywood Hospital volunteers donated almost 39,000 + hours of time in 44 departments, equating to nearly $ 900,000 dollars in value to the hospital. Of these hours, approximately 100 volunteers accounted for between 100 and 500 hours of service in 2013.
Joseph Bishop, Dawn Colombo, Georgia Canfield, Jennifer Fichtel, Tory Kazinskas, Shannon Libby, Doris Pierce and Robert Richard were each recognized for more than 500 hours last year. Special recognition went to Beverly Cloutier and Etienne (Steve) LeGuern for over 1,000 hours of valued service to Heywood Hospital in 2013.
Sue Deacon, Volunteer Services Manager, has nothing but high praise for her staff. “Our Volunteer Dinner gives me a wonderful opportunity to recognize and publicly thank the 250+ men and women who give of their time and talents in over 40 areas of our hospital throughout the year. Our theme this year was: Heywood Volunteers Shower Our World with Kindness, which they literally do every day,” Ms. Deacon stated. “Our volunteers are greatly appreciated by both patients and staff for their dedication and compassion, as well as their desire to help make their community hospital the best in the region. I couldn't be more proud of what they give to the overall atmosphere and success of Heywood Hospital and to our Volunteer Department. They make my job a joy each and every day."
Ms. Deacon also had the privilege to present five High School volunteers with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, created by Former President George W. Bush in 2002. This honor is bestowed upon individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard - measured by the number of hours served over a 12 month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.
The Bronze Presidential Service Award is bestowed upon youths ages 15-25 who donate 100-174 hours of their time. This year, our Bronze Award winners were Shayna Clark and Katy Dumas.
Joseph Arsenault and Thomas Burchat were both Silver Awards recipients for donating between 175 to 249 hours in service. The Gold Presidential Award was presented to Rachel Courtemanche, having donated well over 300 hours to Heywood Hospital during her high school years.
The prestigious Presidential Lifetime Service Award was presented to Joseph Bishop for over 4000 hours of service. Joe Bishop is known as a gentleman who has given his life in service to the Gardner community. He has spent almost 40 years positively impacting our teen age population as Principal of the Gardner Jr. High School and as “an awesome” girls basketball coach. He is an avid tennis player, loves to walk and is a most valued Transport Volunteer, assisting staff and transporting patients during their discharge.
About Heywood Healthcare
Heywood Healthcare is an independent, community-owned healthcare system located in the North Central region of Massachusetts. It is comprised of Heywood Hospital, a non-profit, 135-bed acute-care hospital in Gardner, MA; Athol Hospital, a 25 bed not-for-profit, Critical Access Hospital in Athol, MA; Heywood Medical Group with primary care physicians and specialists located throughout the region; and four satellite facilities -Winchendon Health Center and Murdock School-based Health Center in Winchendon, West River Health Center in Orange and Heywood Rehabilitation Center in Gardner.
About Heywood Hospital
Part of the Heywood Healthcare system, Heywood Hospital is a 135-bed acute care hospital in Gardner, MA, which provides a broad range of high quality medical, surgical, obstetrical, pediatric and behavioral health services on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The hospital’s Centers of Excellence include the Watkins Center for Emergency and Acute Care; the LaChance Maternity Center; the Diabetes Center; and the Heywood Heart Center, an affiliate of the Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence at UMass Memorial Health Care.