2007-05-04 / Community

PHC Volunteers Honored

Jack Domfort left) received a special award for giving more than 1,000 hours as a volunteer during the past year. He is pictured here with his wife, Phyllis, who also serves as a hospital volunteer and the Hospital Center's President and Chief Executive Officer Robert V. Levine. Domfort maintains the Hospital Center's Gift Shop and is the Vice President of the Volunteer Guild. 
Jack Domfort left) received a special award for giving more than 1,000 hours as a volunteer during the past year. He is pictured here with his wife, Phyllis, who also serves as a hospital volunteer and the Hospital Center's President and Chief Executive Officer Robert V. Levine. Domfort maintains the Hospital Center's Gift Shop and is the Vice President of the Volunteer Guild. Peninsula Hospital Center hosted its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon Tuesday, April 17, 2007 in conjunction with this year's National Volunteer Week.

In an effort to thank the volunteers at Peninsula Hospital Center and the Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation, a catered luncheon and festive celebration was prepared in their honor at the Hospital Center during which gifts and certificates of appreciation were presented to the volunteers.

Additionally, each volunteer had their picture taken with President and Chief Executive Officer Robert V. Levine to serve as a personal remembrance that the hospital realizes that its volunteers "Make A Difference Everyday." Board of Directors Chairman, Joel A. Miele Sr., was in attendance with his wife, Josephine, who volunteers at the beautiful gift shop in the extended care facility. Miele gave the opening remarks at the volunteer celebration luncheon and thanked the volunteers on behalf of the entire Hospital Center Board.

President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert V. Levine, congratulated Jack Schulman, age 94, a valued Hospital Center volunteer for the past 18 years.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert V. Levine, congratulated Jack Schulman, age 94, a valued Hospital Center volunteer for the past 18 years. The volunteers who serve the Peninsula Hospital Center and the Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation, assist both the professional and technical staff in the Emergency Department, the Coronary Care Unit, the Intensive Care Unit, the Operating Room, the labs, the Chemotherapy Unit, the X-Ray department, Radiology, the Nursing Office, Human Resources, Public Relations, Pastoral Care, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Recreational Therapy, the Gift Shops, the Traumatic Brain Injury Unit, Medical Records, Adult Day Health Care, and other departments. In addition, there is a group of approximately 12 volunteers who make up the Volunteer Guild.

The Volunteer Guild has staffed the Hospital Center's Gift Shop for decades and donated more than $40,000 to the development fund this past year alone, and is headed up by Joyce Silverman, President and Jack Domfort, Vice President.

Volunteers log in as little as 10 hours a week and as many as 35 hours. A few volunteers have been in the program for nearly 20 years while some have just recently joined the ranks of the volunteer force. Teenage students work on their community service projects as volunteers and are joined by college and business school students to gain on-the-job experience. There are also retired seniors who devote a portion of their time each week to "giving back" to their community. Each and every one goes "above and beyond" the call. All are welcome additions to the Peninsula Hospital Family and all are on the receiving end of gratitude for a job well done from those they serve and assist at the Hospital Center.

The volunteer program at PHC underwent a revitalization period last year and has more than doubled in size during this period. Volunteers are needed in nearly every department and the recruitment for volunteers is ongoing. Anyone wishing to serve is invited to make application for the volunteer department and join in the experience.

For additional information about becoming a hospital volunteer at Peninsula Hospital Center or Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation, please contact the Department for External Affairs and Development at 718-734-2506/7.

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