By Miriam Rosenberg
Long-time volunteers Gigi Garner (Ambulatory) and Jerry Rubenstein (15 years – Department of Medicine) sit together at the luncheon.
In anticipation of National Volunteer Week, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital recently held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon to honor the work of its volunteers who provide support in every department of the hospital.
“St. John’s Episcopal Hospital is extremely proud of the 114 dedicated people who give tirelessly of themselves to participate in one of the greatest volunteer programs in the city,” Chief Executive Officer Luis Hernandez told those attending the luncheon.
A volunteer for 35 years, 93 year-old Gilbert Mack entertains his fellow volunteers with his trademark yodeling.
Teenagers to those in their 90’s make up the volunteers who provided the hospital with 13,558 volunteer hours during the last year. Among the organizations that take part in the volunteer program are the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation, Far Rockaway High School, Beach Channel High School, the Retired Seniors and Volunteer Program, Taylor Business Institute and the Madison Boys and Girls Club.
Anyone wishing to volunteer at St. John’s can call Renae Carr, Director of Volunteer Services, at 718 869-7870.
Raffle winner Sylvia Bernstein, who is a 22-year volunteer at the hospital. After having a growth removed from her thyroid in 1983, she started volunteering at SJEH as a thank you to GOD for saving her life.
|St. John’s CEO Luis Hernandez thanks the volunteers for their support and commitment by telling them “You are a dedicated, enthusiastic group who continue to be an exceptional asset to our hospital and our community.” Photos by Miriam RosenbergMarilyn Bell (TOPS Transitional Program Linkage coordinator at Far Rockaway High School) with the five students she supervises after the conclusion of the luncheon.As she stands next to an early picture of St. John’s, Renae Carr (the hospital’s Director of Volunteer Services) reads off the names of the 114 volunteers being honored at the luncheon.|