AVH Honors Its Volunteers at Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon

On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in celebration of National Volunteer Week, April 7-13, 55 volunteers were welcomed at the annual AVH Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at the Northland Dairy Bar and Restaurant in Berlin.

Androscoggin Valley Hospital has been blessed over the years to have a strong team of volunteers who play such a vital role in keeping our hospital running smoothly.  We would like to extend a warm thank you to the many volunteers who give their time to make the patients of and visitors to AVH feel welcomed.

Our volunteers collectively gave more than 6,800 hours of personal time in 2018 which helps us provide world-class health care with a personalized touch.  “We are always proud to celebrate the generosity of our remarkable volunteers during this week,” said Mike Peterson, FACHE, AVH President.  “They donate their time and energy to care for our community and patients.  They always go above and beyond by assisting family members, wearing a welcoming smile, sharing kindness with a patient, and spreading hope and encouragement.”

“I have personally loved getting to know and working with our volunteers,” said Linda Morris, Volunteer Coordinator.  “I’m proud of our growing group and how far we have come.  Our volunteers are some of the most dedicated people I’ve ever met, and I couldn’t be more grateful and proud of every one of them.”  If it were not for these caring individuals getting involved and giving their time, AVH would not be as successful as we are at providing caring and compassionate care.  Our volunteers bring such a positive energy to the hospital, as they lead by example, not only by helping our patients and visitors, but by motivating others to give back as well.

A moment of silence was held to remember volunteers Tim Donahue, Edna Plante, Carolyn Riff, and Becky Mulaire, and volunteer events photographer John Morris who passed away this past year.

Congratulations and certificates were given to the following volunteers who received service-hour pins:

100 Hours:  Rita O’Donnell, Theresa O’Hearn, Joanne Murphy, Pam Carrier, and Jane Provencher

500 Hours:  Noella Bartoli, Rolanda Duchesne, and Judy Carroll

1,000 Hours:  George Labrecque, Irene Oleson, and Ken Proulx

New volunteers who joined AVH since last year’s Volunteer Recognition Luncheon are Edward Baker, Lorraine Bedard, David Bryant and therapy dog Maxx, Paul Croteau, Nancy Grant, Mike Shaink, Christy Langlois, Isabel Neal, Colette Pouliot, Nicole Reynolds, Tiffany Thorgerson, and Pauline Tibbetts.

Special guests joining the volunteers were Mike Peterson, FACHE, AVH President; James Patry, MBA, MS, North Country Healthcare Marketing Director and AVH Senior Director, Patient Experience and Marketing; Nancy Malone and Jeff Violette, RSVP; and Cindy Marcou, Northern Human Services.

Drawings were held and many lucky volunteers went home with a prize.  For more information on becoming a volunteer or joining the AVH Auxiliary, please contact Linda Morris, Volunteer Coordinator, at 326-5676 or linda.morris@avhnh.org.  AVH is on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest.  AVH is a proud partner of North Country Healthcare.