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4th Quarter Volunteer Award Winners and Presidential Citation Award Winners Announced

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February 02, 2010

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Volunteer Organization Announce 4th Quarter Volunteer Award Winners and
Presidential Citation Award Winners

Hudson, FL. - On Friday, January 29, 2010 the Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Volunteer Association announced winners of their Quarter 4, 2009 - “5 Star” and “1 Star Volunteers of the Quarter Awards.” Employees, fellow volunteers and visitors nominate individuals for the awards.

Volunteer winners of the quarterly awards included “5 Star Award Winners”:

John Cardalena  -  John started volunteering in October 2005. He has 6,048 hours.  John volunteers in the Emergency Department Unit. He is very concerned about every person admitted to the ER. He is extremely courteous to the staff and patients. He tries to anticipate their needs and then fulfill them. John has also been an active member of the Scholarship Committee where he helps to interview the applicants, visits the high schools and attends the award ceremonies. Last year, when asked, he willingly agreed to take on the added responsibility of being the Chairperson of both the ER Unit and the Triage area. He is a good friend to many of the volunteers, is a very positive influence on his peers and certainly deserves to be presented with the Volunteer 5 Star Award.

Carl Lewis – Carl started volunteering in September 2007 as a Courier on Sunday mornings and has 2,565 hours.  He comes in at 6:00 am and checks all the floors for errands, gathers all the wheelchairs and brings them to the Welcome Center and since he is also a  Substitute Cart Driver he brings the carts to the front door for the Sunday morning drivers. He is the first one in and the last one out on his shift. He sets an excellent example for the teens on his shift. Carl always smiles and when he sees a visitor come in the front door he always greets them and if they are elderly he will ask if they need a wheelchair or help.  Carl truly deserves to be presented with the 5 Star Award.

Marge Williams – Marge started volunteering in November 2003 and she has 1,182 hours. Marge is an unassuming, delightful lady with a positive personality. Her pleasant attitude allows her to show genuine compassion to, and understanding of the needs of our patients, staff and guests. Recently she stepped forward to take on the position of Editor of the volunteer “Point of View” newsletter. She also came to the aide of the Mail Couriers when another volunteer had to go in for surgery and had to be away for an extended period. Her Chairman said: Give Marge an assignment, stand back and watch her shine. She makes things work by doing them.”   Marge’s sincere dedication is the reason she received the 5 Star Award.


Presidential Lifetime Achievement Awards

This award is from the office of the President of the United States. It was instituted to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of volunteers and volunteering around the country.  Each recipient will receive The President’s Call to Service Award Certificate, a letter of congratulations from President Obama, and a beautiful pin commemorating this event. In order to receive this award you have to have volunteered for a minimum of 15 years and have over 7,500 hours. The recipients were:


Donald Andriuzzo – Don, started volunteering over 15 years ago and has 9,436 hours of service.  Don is a Co-Chairman of the Mail Couriers and is respected and admired by his peers, the staff and everyone who meets him. He always has a smile, a laugh and a kind word. Don is truly a “gentleman”. He cares deeply about his Mail Couriers but he also cares about this hospital and its patients. He will fill in when no one else can to keep the mail moving. He is an asset to the volunteer organization, the community and to this hospital.

Theresa Palenik  - Theresa started volunteering 17 years ago and has over 8,300 hours of service. Theresa volunteers in the Volunteer Office and with the Gift Shop where she patiently learned a new computer system. But that doesn’t tell you what a wonderful, caring, Lady Theresa is. She cares deeply for the volunteers and for this hospital and makes everyone feel special. She comes in extra days to help whenever there are special events or special projects or just because we need her. There are many “queen bees” but Theresa is a “worker bee” the one you know you can depend upon.  Every one that knows her just loves her.

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