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Tuesday, May 07, 2013 - Carroll Hospital Center, and Carroll Home Care and Carroll Hospice honor volunteers

CONTACT: Simone Lindsay, 410-871-6836

Westminster, Md. – (May 7, 2013) — In recognition of National Volunteer Week, Carroll Hospital Center, and Carroll Home Care and Carroll Hospice honored its volunteers for their important contributions during separate celebrations held on April 18.

A Volunteer Recognition Luncheon was held for the hospital’s 280 volunteers at The Portico at St. John Catholic Church. Joined by members of the hospital’s executive team, 140 volunteers were treated to a delicious lunch, musical entertainment from a harpist, and thanked for their dedicated service to Carroll Hospital Center.

 “Your compassion towards patients, your willingness to go the extra mile to assist a visitor and the countless ways that you help staff cannot be replaced,” said Kelly Hill, president of the Carroll Hospital Center Auxiliary which is responsible for managing the hospital’s volunteer staff. “You give of yourself in order to help others who are in need and we commend your spirit of caring.”

The highlight of the luncheon was the presentation of service pins to volunteers who worked more than 150 hours. Among the recipients was Lois Warden who worked 13,000 hours, the largest number of hours among current hospital volunteers.

At Dove House, Carroll Hospice’s inpatient hospice facility, more than 100 people attended a special celebration dinner to honor Carroll Hospice’s 230 direct and service volunteers. Guests included Mark Blacksten, chairman of the Carroll Hospice Board of Trustees as well Carroll Hospice board member Delegate Susan Krebs, who presented a citation from the Maryland General Assembly recognizing the work of all Carroll Hospice volunteers.

Highlights of the dinner included the presentation of the 2013 Volunteer of the Year award which, for the first time, was given to two outstanding volunteers, Rosemarie Helmiiak and Hazel Rectanus. Also, awarded was Paula Davis who was named the 2013 Rookie Volunteer of the Year.

Carroll Hospital Center is a nonprofit, acute care facility offering the latest in medical technology, experienced medical professionals in a variety of specialties and a continuum of programs and services to meet the needs of the community.

Photo caption: Pictured from left to right are: hospital volunteer Lois Warden; 2013 Carroll Hospice Volunteer of the Year award recipients Rosemarie Helminiak and Hazel Rectanus; Carroll Hospice volunteer coordinator Debbie Zepp; and 2013 Carroll Hospice Rookie Volunteer of the Year Paula Davis.