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Dr. Cosgrove Message: Volunteer Recognition Event

The Volunteer Services Department held its annual National Volunteer Week celebration  on Thursday, April 16th at the Embassy Suites in Independence.  The event celebrated the outstanding contributions of the over 2,100 main campus, Lutheran Hospital and Family Health Center volunteers who provided 193,772 hours of service to Cleveland Clinic in 2014.  This year’s theme was “Celebrate Service.”   Upon check in, volunteers were treated to light appetizers and a signature beverage called the “Voluntini” while they participated in a Chinese raffle for prizes donated by local business and departments within Cleveland Clinic.  Inside the ballroom decorated in spring-like yellows and greens, more than 340 volunteers, guests and Cleveland Clinic caregivers were addressed by Chief Experience Officer, Dr. Adrienne Boissy and Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Kim Hunter who thanked the volunteers for all they do for patients and caregivers at Cleveland Clinic and stressed how valuable they are to the organization . 

To begin the awards portion of the event, volunteers who had reached milestone anniversaries were acknowledged and awarded custom badge pulls in recognition of their years of service.  Next, volunteers who had earned the Bernadine Healy, MD Ten Year Service Award were honored as were those who had reached 4.000 hours of volunteer time.  Awards were presented to those volunteers who had provided the most hours of service in 2014.  The Canine Caregivers of the Year and Delos Cosgrove, MD Patients First Awards were presented next.  Finally, awards were presented to the Humanitarian Award winners after a touching speech from the previous year’s winner, Leonard LoPorto.  Leonard shared with the audience a memorable moment from his volunteer time that illustrated how just how much volunteers impact the patient experience. The event concluded with  Cleveland Clinic President and CEO, Dr. Toby Cosgrove, who was unable to attend the event, but sent a special taped message to thank the volunteers and recognize the award winners.   You can view the video in the link above.

The Volunteer Services Department would like to thank all those who attended the event and offer special congratulations to this year’s major award  winners:

Bernadine Healy, M.D., Ten Year Service Awards

  • Pearl Crain
  • Phyllis Evey
  • Rena Goldish
  • Carol Hammer
  • Liz Hunt
  • Barbara Kovacic
  • Thomas Kucharski
  • James Larkin
  • Leonard LoPorto
  • Gladys Moyer
  • Linda Newman
  • Ann O’Donnell
  • Jordan Perlman
  • Ingrid Reynolds
  • Maureen Rice
  • Donald Rottari
  • Daniel Schwartz
  • Rayetta Schwering
  • Beverly Sheeter
  • Eleanore Simcic
  • Marian Singer
  • Florian Tilosanec

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