Memorial Health System hosts volunteer banquet

MARIETTA — Memorial Health System recognized those who dedicate their free time to helping others at the annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet on Aug. 3 at the Lafayette Hotel in Marietta.

At the 35th annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet, MHS recognized volunteers who consistently demonstrate outstanding quality and quantity of work, customer service, dedication and the hospital mission, a news release states.

Volunteer of the Year was Jane Watson.

The following volunteers reached milestones in the number of hours given during 2016 and were honored at the banquet:

* 200 Hours: Kathy Bailes, Jim Conley, M.J. Ebenhack, Amy Ferguson, Joann Gerhart, Nicholas Graham, Dottie Heiss, Dianne Hulsey, Tiffany Jarvis, Pat Love, Christine Lyons, Kirk McCall, Dakota McConahay, Sarah Schafer, Tom Taylor, David Terry, Linda Thomas, Kaitlynn Tyson, Jackie Walker and Jennifer Walsh

* 500 Hours: Dave Cech, Karen Fenton, Ken Fullerton, Vivian Hammat, Lois Holpp, Mary Offenberger, Beverly Sheppard and Melanie Wagner

* 1,000 Hours: Georgia Fox and Marian Kurne

* 2,000 Hours: Leo Farley, Bob Oliver, Lillian Schilling

* 3,000 Hours: Rosemary Ellis and Bob Schmitt

* 4,000 Hours: Ruth Silvus

* 6,000 Hours: Jayne Stehle

* 500 Hour Club: Arlene Balfour, Dean Hoffart and Bob Schmitt

* 20+ Year Club: Arlene Balfour, Herma Eddy, Evelyn Hawn, Jody Kohler, Ruth Silvus, Marge Stacy, Jayne Stehle, Casi Stewart, Frances Tornes, Pat Thrash Ward and Jane Watson.

* 2017 Volunteer of the Month Candidates — January — Jane Watson; February — Bob Schmitt; March — Herma Eddy; April — Linda Thomas; May — Ken Fullerton; June — Frances Tornes; July — Carol Marteney.

“Our volunteers are special people who make the difference for patients and families,” said Cindy Hall, volunteer services coordinator for Memorial Health System,

“The volunteers make the world a brighter place. They help in countless ways by greeting and escorting patients and their family members, delivering flowers, parking assistance and behind the scenes in offices, medical records and other areas of the system. We are pleased to have this opportunity to recognize the volunteers for their commitment and dedication to our system.”

During the past year, 188 volunteers have donated 22,079 hours of service. Besides their time, volunteers have raised and donated to several programs.

For information on becoming a hospital volunteer, contact Cindy Hall, volunteer services coordinator, at (740) 374-1778.