2004-04-30 / Community

Luncheon Salutes Volunteers At St John’s Episcopal Hospital

Contributing Editor
By Miriam Rosenberg

Luncheon Salutes Volunteers At St John’s Episcopal Hospital


Hospitality Desk Volunteers (L-R) Susan Kimmel, George Dillon, Carole Rattigan (seated), Anita Horan, Ava Strauss and Bella Grossman.Hospitality Desk Volunteers (L-R) Susan Kimmel, George Dillon, Carole Rattigan (seated), Anita Horan, Ava Strauss and Bella Grossman.

By Miriam Rosenberg

Contributing Editor

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital’s honored its volunteers at an award luncheon at the hospital’s Teaching Center on April 23. About 90 of the 110 people who volunteer their time to help keep the hospital running attended the annual event held during National Volunteer Week.

"I’m sure if the patients were here they would also thank you for the support you give them because that’s the reason you’re here," Luis Hernandez, CEO for St. John’s, said as he thanked the volunteers for their service. "If it weren’t for your support, we wouldn’t be able to [give the care] to our patients we do today."


SJEH’s CEO Luis Hernandez presents Irene Hubert with flowers honoring her 59 years of service to the hospital.SJEH’s CEO Luis Hernandez presents Irene Hubert with flowers honoring her 59 years of service to the hospital.

While each volunteer was presented with a certificate of recognition, special honors were given to several of the volunteers. At the top of that list were Irene Hubert and Gilbert Mack. Between them they represent more than 50 years and hundreds, if not thousands, of hours of service to the hospital.

Hubert started at St. John’s as an employee in 1945 and has been a volunteer for the last 18 years.

"I can remember when [the hospital] was the Sisters of St. Joseph’s," said Hubert, who is 87 years old. "I had chances to go elsewhere, but I liked it here."

Mack, with 34 years under his belt, is the volunteer with the longest continuous service at SJEH.


Nursing and biology teacher Sandra Lackovic joins students from Far Rockaway High School’s nursing program.Nursing and biology teacher Sandra Lackovic joins students from Far Rockaway High School’s nursing program.

"I like the people," said the 91 year old former actor.

Two groups representing some of the best of Far Rockaway High School’s students were just some of the 45 students from school programs who volunteer at the hospital.

The FRHS students came from the New York City TOP program (with its admissions based mostly on academic standards) and Far Rockaway High School’s nursing program.

"Last year [volunteers from many different] organizations clocked in thousands and thousands of hours," said Renee Carr, the Coordinator for the Volunteer Office.


Students from New York’s TOP program from Far Rockaway High School are pictured with the school’s Student Program Coordinator for TOP, Marilyn Bell, and Renee Carr (Coordinator for the Volunteer Office) – middle – and SJEH’s CEO Luis Hernandez (far right).Students from New York’s TOP program from Far Rockaway High School are pictured with the school’s Student Program Coordinator for TOP, Marilyn Bell, and Renee Carr (Coordinator for the Volunteer Office) – middle – and SJEH’s CEO Luis Hernandez (far right).

To find out about volunteering at SJEH and the application process call the Volunteer Office at 718 869-7870.


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