GOSHEN, Ind. – Goshen Health held an awards banquet on April 16 at Das Dutchman Essenhaus in Middlebury, Ind. to celebrate their 350 volunteers.
“When you show up to volunteer, you are here with the purpose of giving, without receiving in return,” said Karla Beasley, director of volunteer services, Goshen Health. “We need each of you. Individually, you may feel as though your role is small compared to all that goes on to serve patients…but collectively, the volunteer group makes a much bigger impact and this is why we pause to celebrate you today.”
Awards were given to volunteers who had achieved more than 500 hours of service in 2017, those who passed milestones in hours volunteered – from 1,000 all the way up to 26,000 – and those who had served from five years to 25 years.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Don Stiver, who has volunteered over 20 years at Goshen Health. “His greatest joys seem to come from sharing, talking and laughing with others,” said Beasley. “We are blessed to have someone so thoughtful, caring and dedicated as Don.”
Randy Christophel, president and CEO, Goshen Health, told the group, “Many times you are the first person a patient sees. Many times you are also the last, as you help them out and into their car. You are a powerful force – both in numbers and in how you help us meet our mission.”
Volunteers gave over 71,300 hours at Goshen Health in 2017, the equivalent of 34 full-time employees.