Griffin Hospital honored its
volunteers for selflessly giving their time and talents to the hospital in 2016
at its Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner held at The Inn at Villa Bianca in
A total of 375 hospital volunteers
logged more than 41,427 hours last year while serving as ambassadors, candy
stripers, bakers, shuttle drivers, room service, soft touch therapy providers,
writers of vital patient stories and many more roles that benefited hospital
patients, visitors and staff.
“This recognition not only
highlights the volume of hours selflessly given by volunteers throughout this
past year, but acknowledges the true value of their work which touches the
lives of patients, their families and hospital staff in countless ways,” said Diane
Betkoski, MS, RD, LNHA, Director of Planetree Services at Griffin Hospital.
Betkoski thanked the volunteers for
the heartfelt human interactions they provide each day and for the community
spirit they bring to the hospital.
Griffin Hospital also awarded its
annual scholarships of $1,500 and $1,000 to high school volunteers going on to
college next school year.
For 49 years, Griffin Hospital has
awarded scholarships to community students pursuing advanced education. In order to qualify for these scholarships,
the students must have volunteered over 100 hours at the hospital, been in high
academic standing, have been accepted into an accredited college or university,
demonstrated initiative and perseverance and possess exemplary moral character.
This year’s winners are Oxford
resident Christianne Zito, of St. Joseph High School in Trumbull, Melissa
Healey, of Ansonia High School, and Rachael Tong, of Oxford High School.