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UVMC Volunteers Receive Community Service Award

2013 Volunteer Gift Shop
UVMC volunteer Joyce Carpenter works in the hospital gift shop.
The services provided by Upper Valley Medical Centers’ volunteers are no secret to the UVMC family.  The word is out across the community as well with the volunteers’ selection for the 2013 Community Service Award for Organizations by the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce.

The award was presented June 21 during the intermission of the Cincinnati Pops Concert on Prouty Plaza in downtown Troy.

Chamber officials said those nominating the volunteers noted their work and dedication.

“The work by the volunteers makes a difference in the lives of the patients, families and the many visitors to Upper Valley Medical Center. It is that volunteer spirit which makes our community a great place to live,” Sabra Johnson of the chamber wrote in the award letter.

UVMC has 160 volunteers in an array of areas including cancer care, cardiac rehab, ED, fundraisers, gift shop, information desk, imaging, patient transport/escort, pet therapy, pharmacy, rehab, special projects, storeroom, surgical waiting room and Women’s Services.

Robin Fisher, Manager, Volunteer Services, said staff works hard to match volunteers to a role that allows them to find their time at UVMC fulfilling.

2013 Volunteer
UVMC volunteer Henry Schlatter.
“While each of our volunteer (roles) requires a little different background, the primary qualification is having a friendly, professional demeanor with willing hands,” Fisher said.

“Whether the volunteer prefers to be serving on the front lines in a more visible role or behind the scenes, all volunteers are an extension of our employees and are vital to UVMC and our ability to accomplish the tasks we perform,” she said.