jgma0977.jpg

Priscilla Shreiber and Pat Cashman, both of Londonderry, admire a glass mug that was presented to each volunteer along with a certificate during Parkland Medical Center's 2007 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.

DERRY | Lore Revels lives across the street from Parkland Medical Center.

"We call her all the time to fill in when one of our volunteers can't make it," Donna Harris, director of volunteer services, said Monday night during a dinner at Promises to Keep honoring the hospital's 64 volunteers.

Revels has been a volunteer at the hospital's front desk for eight years and crosses the street in snow, rain and other inclement weather to help when her fellow volunteers can't make it for their shifts.

Parkland's volunteers gave 14,049 hours from April 1, 2006, to March 31, 2007.

"But you bring more than hours and time," said Anne Jamieson, Parkland's CEO. "You bring your stories and give of yourselves to every person you meet during your shift."

Voluntee, Jackie Elsmore of Derry, who began volunteering in the hospital's outpatient department a year ago, said she enjoys telling stories and making the patients feel more relaxed.

"I like to think I made their day a little brighter," she said.

Evelyn Fisher of Derry has volunteered at the hospital for 44 years. She works every Monday night from 4 to 8 and often fills in when asked. In the past year, she logged 234 hours, bringing her total volunteer hours to 11,800. She may have more, but records were lost when the hospital moved to its current site in the early 1980s.

"It was very different back then," the spry 93-year-old said of her first years of volunteering. "We had a ladies auxiliary and would raise money for things that the hospital needed, like new wheelchairs."

Fisher received special recognition for her time at Parkland. She was presented with a bouquet of long-stemmed peach roses.

"You know, my favorite thing over the years was to bring flowers upstairs to new mothers," Fisher said.

"She's an inspiration to all of us," said volunteer Karen Boone of Londonderry.

"Her longevity is going to rub off on all of us," said Rosemary Nicholl, a Londonderry volunteer. "My mother used to volunteer with Evelyn. Now I do."

Also honored at Monday night's dinner was 2006 Frist Volunteer Roberta Haines. The Frist award, established by Parkland's parent company, is given each year to an outstanding volunteer nominated by peers.

Haines is at Parkland for four hours a week, usually at the front desk. She also is known as the "Cookie Lady," baking cookies in the inpatient units and delivering them to patients and their visitors with a warm beverage.

Entertainment for the evening was provided by Jay Latulippe of the East Derry School of Music.

This Week's Circulars

Recommended for you