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  PRMC volunteers contribute nearly 11,000 hours
  Susan Lynch (left) volunteer coordinator, and Susan Page (back) present awards for 5,000 cumulative hours of service to Joann Danley and Mary Shumway.

Hospital Volunteers Contribute Nearly 11,000 Hours of Service

Pratt Regional Medical Center honored its volunteers who contributed slightly less than 11,000 hours in 2013 at a reception and concert Tuesday at Pratt Community College.

With the construction project at the hospital, volunteers are faced with new things every week and they just deal with it, praised Susan Lynch, volunteer coordinator. During the past year and a half, the volunteers have often used a tag team approach, which seems to be successful.

Also, in May, the group hosted a convention of hospital auxiliaries that she said was the best conference she had attended.

Volunteers are vital to the hospital, but the act of volunteering is good for the person doing it as well.

People who volunteer 200-plus hours a year (about four hours a week) are 40 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure than their non-volunteering peers, according to Lynch. Those who have chronic pain find it is diminished and people who volunteer live an average of two years longer than those who don't.

“You made us proud,” President and CEO Susan Page said of the convention. “I’ve heard nothing but fantastic comments.”

“There is light at the end of the tunnel,” she said, as she updated volunteers on construction progress. In September, hospital departments will begin moving into the north wing. The process began weeks ago, with departments making plans for the move, and will take four weeks to accomplish once the move begins. By mid to late October, she expects that everyone scheduled to move into the new addition will be there.

“We have a very, very bright and exciting future,” Page concluded.

Volunteers were treated to a concert by area musicians: Duane Hanks, Brandon Wade, Pete Weinert, Stephanie Hawkins, Deborah Nasca, Steve Novotny, Lisa Rawlings and Linda Loomis

Service awards
100 hours
Ivan Hilt
Alice Langworthy
Millie Rush
Barb Temaat
Kathy Tresner
Sharon Barrett
Ruth Ann Barker

200 hours
Cheryl Greene
Evelyn Schuller
Geneva Krehbiel

300 hours
Sylvia Nossaman
Erlene Reece
Pearl Shank
Floyd Hatfield

400 hours
Maxine Crosley
Beth Rose

500 hours
Ruby Strong

600 hours
Karen Dodson
Gin Pelzl

700 hours
Karen Smith

900 hours
Donna Ewing

1,000 hours
Merle Dodson
Jerry Haworth
Kay Lesh
Lu Sherer
Jackie Wright

1,500 hours
Bonnie Storey

2,500 hours
Margaret Porter

3,000 hours
Don Ewing

3,500 hours
Phyllis Routon

4,000 hours
Shirley Straight

4,500 hours
Charles Kizzire
Barbara Shinkle

5,000 hours
Joann Danley
Mary Shumway

7,000 hours
Ruth Duscher

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