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Morris Hospital honors volunteers

Morris Hospital volunteers Sharon Pickles, Vivian Allen, Ruth Greiff and Nancy Bjelland were among the guests at the hospital’s annual volunteer appreciation luncheon.
Morris Hospital volunteers Sharon Pickles, Vivian Allen, Ruth Greiff and Nancy Bjelland were among the guests at the hospital’s annual volunteer appreciation luncheon.

Morris Hospital honored 232 active volunteers at the 2019 Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon in May at Morris Country Club. This year’s national volunteer week theme, “Volunteers: Every Moment Makes a Difference” rang true for volunteers who donated more than 43,000 hours of service in support of Morris Hospital over the past year.

“When we talk about our Morris Hospital family, there are always four groups who come to mind,” said Morris Hospital President and CEO Mark Steadham. “Our employees, physicians, board members and, of course, our devoted and selfless Morris Hospital volunteers who have been carrying out the wonderful tradition of community volunteerism that has been part of our organization for the past 114 years.”

Steadham said volunteers with the Morris Hospital Patient Transportation Service make a difference every time they give a ride to someone in the community who needs assistance getting to and from a medical appointment. He said volunteers make a difference each time they interact with patients and visitors, assist customers in the Gift Shop, bring smiles to patients through the pet therapy program, assist at screenings and special events, assemble admission folder packets and knit or crochet hats for newborns or blankets for cancer patients.

The hospital also acknowledged volunteers who achieved significant anniversaries as Morris Hospital volunteers this past year. Donna Binion, Ralph Binion, Judy Kramer, Bob Patnode and Missie Wright were recognized for 20 years of volunteer service. Jan Christensen was recognized for 30 years, and Marilyn Wilder was recognized for 35 years. The following were honored for achieving milestones in their service hours:

Channahon

Jacqueline Briones, 250

Coal City

Robert Ames, 2,000

Barbara Fuchs, 100

David Gowdy, 3,000

Carol Williams, 750

Dwight

John Galik, 750

Gardner

Pat Lenzie, 2,000

JoAnne McMillan, 500

Jennifer Styx, 250

Marseilles

Lois Gray, 250

Alice O’Hanlon, 100

Dave Prater, 6,000

Mazon

Ralph Binion, 5,000

Minooka

Janet Orzech, 250

Morris

James Arnold, 2,000

James Beem, 250

Tom Biskie, 2,000

Michael Bolen, 100

Ann Burgess, 1,000

Patricia Cain, 750

William Capper, 8,500

Janis Christensen, 1,000

Dorothy Claire, 750

John Connon, 750

Richard Dice, 1,000

Jeri Dolezal, 37,000

Donna Dyslin, 500

Patricia Feeney, 1,000

Virginia Guertin, 500

Herbert Hain, 6,500

Joyce Hain, 4,000

Christine Hankins, 250

Dorothy Haylock, 1,500

Eunice Hayse, 7,500

Larry Heck, 1,500

Naomi Howard, 100

Gretchen Johnson, 8,000

Sherry Korthauer, 4,500

Terry Klepp, 2,500

Judith Kuntz, 6,000

Thomas Langland, 100

Mary Laursen, 1,000

Peggy Leach, 5,000

Raymond Lisy, 4,500

Lori Neary, 250

Josetta Nelson, 750

Char Orndorff, 1,500

Theresa Panzica, 3,000

Lynn Paulson, 750

Raymond Paulson, 8,500

Paul Patterson, 500

Janine Petric, 250

Trish Phillips, 500

Ronald Ragan, 9,000

Fran Rivett, 3,000

Judy Robowski, 5,000

Evelyn Roseland, 1,000

Donald Ryder, Jr., 3,500

Marlene Ryder, 3,000

Michael Sanders, 3,500

Richard Sefton, 3,500

Sara Seidler, 1,000

Wayne Seilkopf, 750

Helen Selock, 100

Cindy Shannon, 100

Mary Shoudis, 500

Mary Skratulia, 750

Barry Summers, 2,500

Bruce Smith, 1,000

Nilsa Sochan, 1,000

Lynne Stewart, 100

Donald Trejo, 6,000

David Way, 100

Judith Winkel, 2,000

Odell

Byron Atkinson, 100

Plainfield

Sylvia Wright, 100

Seneca

Bill Akre, 2,000

Cathy Bergstrom, 750

Dennis Bergstrom, 2,000

Sheila Davis, 500

Diane Green, 1,000

Patricia Stevens, 1,000

Mark Victor, 750

South Wilmington

Sylvia Zdeb, 750

Wilmington

Charles Dennison, 1,500

For more information on volunteering at Morris Hospital, visit morrishospital.org or call 815-705-7022.

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