Griffin Hospital honored its volunteers for selflessly giving their time and talents to the hospital in 2017 at its Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner held at The Inn at Villa Bianca in Seymour recently.
A total of 326 hospital volunteers logged more than 38,205 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.
“Over the past several years, Griffin has grown its presence far beyond the hospital’s walls into the communities we serve, now focusing our attention and energy almost as much on promoting health and preventing illness as we do on treating it. As we continue that transition, the time, talents and passion for service volunteers provide every day will be even more critical to efforts to care for our community,” said Patrick Charmel, president and CEO of Griffin Hospital.
Charmel thanked the volunteers for their compassion and caring, and the priceless smiles and comfort they provide to Griffin’s patients and caregivers.
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 50 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 Samantha Tiberi, of Shelton High School, Molly Schiffer and Stephanie Tabaka, of Seymour High School, and Shelton resident Megan Duffy, of Sacred Heart Academy.