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Griffin Hospital recognizes volunteers, awards scholarships

By Alex Stackpole on 4/26/2017

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 Seymour recently.

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.

Students honored 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.

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