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Morris Hospital recognizes volunteers for dedicated service

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Morris Hospital volunteers Arlene Boardman (from left), Barb Fuchs, Sylvia Zdeb, Imogene Seaborn (back from left) and Sylvia Wright were among the guests at the hospital’s annual volunteer appreciation luncheon.

The Morris Hospital’s annual volunteer appreciation luncheon was held May 23 at the Morris Country Club.

In addition to recognizing volunteer’s collective 44,000 hours of service over the past year and milestones in individual years of volunteer service, 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the Morris Hospital Patient Transportation Service.

According to Morris Hospital President & CEO Mark Steadham told guests that, over the past year, Morris Hospital provided 16,000 rides to community members who needed transportation to medical appointments because of volunteers.

Volunteers give visitors entering the hospital through the main lobby a place to turn for information and directions.

The Morris Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop netted sales of $40,000 as a result of volunteer hours, and over 4,000 area high school students were screened for cardiac abnormalities through the Rhythm of Our Youth heart screening.

The pet therapy program at Morris Hospital is possible because of volunteers, as well as the senior health insurance program which provides free medical insurance counseling. Steadham said these are just a few examples of the many ways volunteers contribute to Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers.

Volunteers who reached milestones in their years of volunteer service were also honored at the luncheon, with Jeri Dolezal taking top honors with 50 years of service. Dolezal has been part of the Auxiliary Gift Shop since it started as a small gift cart. Through her volunteer leadership over the past 50 years, more than $500,000 has been donated back to Morris Hospital through gift shop sales.

The following Morris Hospital volunteers were honored for achieving milestones in their service hours:

The Morris Hospital’s annual volunteer appreciation luncheon was held May 23 at the Morris Country Club.

Jeri Dolezal took top honors with 50 years of service. Also honored were:

Batavia

• Thomas Meyer, 250 hours

Braceville

• Jean Naretto, 1,500 hours

Channahon

• Jacqueline Briones, 100 hours

• Ashley Hoffman, 1,000 hours

• Lori Youell, 250 hours

Raymond Youell, 250 hours

Coal City

James Arnold, 1,000 hours

Eugene Cassani, 2,500 hours

Sandi Christensen, 250 hours

Diane D'Arcy, 500 hours Lorraine Pierard, 250 hours

Kathy Seitz, 100 hours

Helen Talty, 750 hours

Diamond

• Judith Leeder, 750 hours

Dwight

• Nancy Bjelland, 250 hours

• John Galik, 500 hours

Gardner

• Donna Gabehart, 100 hours

• Pat Lenzie, 2,000 hours

• JoAnne McMillan, 250 hours

• Sharon Pickles, 250 hours

Marseilles

• Mike Ambrose, 2,000 hours

• Lois Gray, 100 hours

• Larry Mitchell, 10,000 hours

• Dave Prater, 5,500 hours

• Imogene Seaborn, 2,000 hours

Mazon

• Donna Binion, 2,000 hours

• Ralph Binion Sr., 4,500 hours

• Ruth Briscoe, 1,500 hours

Minooka

• Janet Orzech, 100 hours

Morris

• Vivian Allen, 250 hours

• John Almer, 1,500 hours

• Linda Baldwin, 2,000 hours

• Ralph Barajas, 2,500 hours

• Nancy Bauer, 250 hours

• James Beem, 100 hours

• Laurie Biskie, 1,500 hours

• Sandra Bolker, 100 hours

• Betty Borger, 750 hours

• Christina Breisch-Harty, 100 hours

• Ann Burgess, 750 hours

• Carol Button, 750 hours

• Thelma Campbell, 750 hours

• William Capper, 7,500 hours

• Richard Chapell, 750 hours

• Janis Christensen, 750 hours

• Dorothy Claire, 500 hours

• Beth Clampitt, 1,000 hours

• Richard Dice, 750 hours

• Jeri Dolezal, 36,000 hours

• Donna Dyslin, 250 hours

• Patricia Feeney, 750 hours

• Dennis Fisher, 100 hours

• Sandra Gantzert, 1,000 hours

• Virginia Guertin, 250 hours

• Herbert Hain, 6,000 hours

• Joyce Hain, 3,500 hours

• Christine Hankins, 100 hours

• Ellen Hanouw, 500 hours

• Carol Harris, 3,500 hours

• Duane Harseim, 4,000 hours

• Sherril Herrick, 1,000 hours

• Debbie Janiszewski, 750 hours

• Gretchen Johnson, 7,500 hours

• Janet Johnson, 250 hours

• Judy Johnson, 1,000 hours

• Linda Jones, 1,000 hours

• James Jongewaard, 2,000 hours

• Luella Kellogg, 3,000 hours

• Terry Klepp, 2,000 hours

• Sherry Korthauer, 3,500 hours

• Paul Kostal, 1,000 hours

• Debbie Kosters, 250 hours

• Judy Kramer, 4,000 hours

• George Kresse, 8,000 hours

• Gary Kuntz, 3,000 hours

• Judith Kuntz, 5,000 hours

• Linda Larsen, 250 hours

• Mary Laursen, 750 hours

• Pat Lawrence, 1,000 hours

• Peggy Leach, 4,000 hours

• Rich Leach, 100 hours

• Robert Limbach, 3,000 hours

• Regina Littral, 100 hours

• Suzanne Lock, 250 hours

• Lorraine Mickelson, 250 hours

• Alan Miller, 750 hours

• Nina Murphy, 250 hours

• Penny Nelson, 250 hours

• Judi Nickels, 750 hours

• James O'Hara, 9,000 hours

• Gary Orndorff, 7,000 hours

• Patrick O'Sullivan, 14,000 hours

• Paul Patterson, 100 hours

• Lynn Paulson, 500 hours

• Raymond Paulson, 8,000 hours

• Carole Peterson, 500 hours

• Trish Phillips, 250 hours

• Barbara Pope, 500 hours

• Barb Raab, 3,500 hours

• Ronald Ragan, 8,500 hours

• Gary Reid, 1,000 hours

• Judy Rivera, 250 hours

• Evelyn Roseland, 750 hours

• Marlene Ryder, 2,500 hours

• Donald Ryder, Jr., 3,000 hours

• Michael Sanders, 3,000 hours

• Charles Sargent, 1,500 hours

• Vivi Sargent, 1,500 hours

• James Schaub, 750 hours

• Richard Sefton, 3,000 hours

• Sara Seidler, 750 hours

• Wayne Seilkopf, 500 hours

• Mary Shoudis, 250 hours

• Mary Skratulia, 250 hours

• Bruce Smith, 750 hours

• Gail Smith, 750 hours

• Nilsa Sochan, 750 hours

• Ann Stansberry, 250 hours

• Sandra Strange, 750 hours

• Barry Summers, 2,000 hours Nancy Thorson, 100 hours

• Beth Trotter, 750 hours

• Georgette Walker, 250 hours

• Marilyn Wilder, 500 hours

• Mary Fran Wilkinson, 750 hours

• Judith Winkel, 1,500 hours

• Melissa Wright, 500 hours

Newark

• Carla O'Brien, 250 hours

Seneca

• Dorothy Akre, 1,000 hours

• Cathy Bergstrom, 500 hours

• Dennis Bergstrom, 1,500 hours

• Shelley Ehret, 100 hours

• Thaddeus Grandys, 2,000 hours

• Diana Green, 750 hours

• LaRee Longtin, 250 hours

• Patricia Stevens, 750 hours

St.Charles

• Dennis Mahoney, 250 hours

Streator

• Karen Libby, 100 hours

Verona

• Ron Flynn, 1,500 hours

Wilmington

• Bernie Shields, 10,000 hours

Yorkville

• Patricia Engstrom, 1,500 hours

• Margaret Light, 500 hours

• Ardis Peterson, 750 hours

For more information on volunteering at Morris Hospital, visit morrishospital.org or call 815-705-7022.