Goshen Health volunteers gave 66,400 hours of service in a year

May 21, 2019

GOSHEN, Ind. – Goshen Health held an awards banquet on May 13 at Das Dutchman Essenhaus in Middlebury, Ind. to celebrate their volunteers. In 2018, 350 volunteers contributed 66,400 hours of service. Most 100-bed hospitals have about a third of the number of volunteers of Goshen Hospital. About 200 volunteers attended the luncheon.

“For over 50 years, volunteers have been providing a dimension of care that cannot be provided solely by staff. You come in and exhibit commitment, energy, flexibility, sincerity and helpfulness. Your attitude and your willingness to be helpful, make all of us better,” said Karla Beasley, Director of Volunteer Services, Goshen Health, in her comments to the gathering.

Awards were given to volunteers who had achieved more than 500 hours of service in 2018, those who passed milestones in hours volunteered – from 1,000 all the way up to 27,000 – and those who had served from five years to 35 years. Susan Wirt, in her 18 years of volunteering with the health system, has given well over 27,000 hours of service. Another volunteer, Arlene Julien, has been a volunteer for 35 years.
The Rookie of the Year awards went to Mark Rody and Vicki Cripe. Goshen Health Colleagues nominate volunteers for the “I am awesome” awards. Four awards were given: one to Larry and Cathy Nafziger, who volunteer together; Floyd Miller; Susan Wirt; and Sheila Holloman.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Barb Slough for her strong work ethic, her optimism and her ability to make people feel welcome in her presence. In her 28 years as a volunteer, Slough was instrumental in helping the gift shop move to a computer system.

“With our upcoming construction projects, we rely on our volunteers more than ever to help our patients and families find their way around the hospital,” said Randy Christophel, President and CEO. “As we grow to help better meet the needs of our community, we are grateful to the volunteers who grow along with us, helping our Colleagues provide excellent care and service.”
 
Barb Slough receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Goshen Health’s President and CEO Randy Christophel for her optimism and work ethic over 28 years of serving as a volunteer.

Barb Slough receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Goshen Health’s President and CEO Randy Christophel for her optimism and work ethic over 28 years of serving as a volunteer.
 
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About Goshen Health:
Goshen Health is a community-owned, nonprofit healthcare organization committed to improving the health of its communities. To live out the organization’s mission, Colleagues practice compassion, accountability, respect and excellence in every endeavor. The health system includes 30 locations across four counties with specialized cancer care; heart and vascular care; and a physician’s network with primary and specialty care.
 
For more information about Goshen Health, contact Liz Fisher at (574) 364-2776, lfisher2@goshenhealth.com or visit www.GoshenHealth.com.