Hayward Area Memorial Hospital and Water’s Edge recently hosted the annual Volunteer Education & Appreciation Day, honoring the volunteer program’s 110 volunteers who donated more than 9,500 hours of service to HAMH in 2018.
Volunteer Day is the one day each year that the volunteers come together to be recognized for their service, to participate in annual education and to enjoy fun and camaraderie with their fellow volunteers.
“We have 17 new volunteers since Volunteer Day 2018,” said Ann Kozak, community services coordinator. “Many of them have been visitors to our facility, have seen the current volunteers in their roles and want to be part of a group that has such a significant impact on the guest experience. We host Volunteer Day to let our volunteers know they are valued, appreciated and instrumental to our success.”
A big part of the day is recognition for volunteer service. All volunteers receive lunch and a gift as a show of appreciation. Volunteers were recognized by senior team members Luke Beirl, CEO; Brad Zeller, vice-president of administration; Heather Sheehan, vice-president of senior services and Andrea Lindsay, vice-president of patient care services.
Bob Haddick received special recognition for the most years of any current volunteer with 37 years of service.
Volunteers reaching 15 years of service this year were Nadine Jojade, Michele Lawton and Judy Warburton. Volunteer Dick Langton reached 10 years of service and volunteers Tim Brunelle, Delfa Dunlap, Steve Dvorak, Nancy Gustafson, Lana Johnson, Judi Van Camp and Joann Ward reached five years of service.
Volunteer of the Year
The final honor of the day was presented to Volunteer of the Year Stan Strand. Each year volunteer services chooses one volunteer who has shown an extreme amount of dedication and commitment to his or her volunteer role.
Strand has volunteered in the hospital Bistro for the past four years. Kozak said that not only does he rarely miss a shift, he is always willing to fill in when another volunteer is unavailable.
“’I can probably do that,’ is always Strand’s response when asked,” she said. “He truly takes care of our guests. Stan does not just serve their food and walk away. He pulls up a chair and keeps our guests company when they are here. Stan does all of this and makes it seem like it is no big deal. It is simply who he is. His loyalty and commitment extend beyond volunteering.”
Kozak noted Strand and his wife will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary this summer.
“When you first meet Stan, you meet a rugged outdoorsman. When you get to know him, you know a giving man with a heart of gold,” she said.
For more information about the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital and Water’s Edge volunteer program, contact Kozak at (715) 934-4323.