Lakeland Celebrates 570 Volunteers
Apr 28, 2017 Share

(BENTON HARBOR) – At a recent luncheon event, Lakeland Health Foundations in Benton Harbor-St. Joseph and Niles honored nearly 570 volunteers who dedicated more than 61,374 hours of service to patients, residents, staff, and visitors throughout the health system last year – worth over $1,833,816.

“Each year during National Volunteer Week we are honored to take this opportunity to celebrate and give our heartfelt thanks to all of our volunteers who unselfishly give of their time and talents to make our health system a better place for patients, visitors, and team members,” said Loren B. Hamel, MD, President and CEO. “Each of our volunteers are an inspiration as they put smiles on faces and touch the hearts and lives of all they come in contact with.”

During the luncheon, volunteers received service pins for various increments of hours served. Wilmarie Jensen of Benton Harbor received the Lifetime award for her 40 years of service at Lakeland. Five other volunteers joined the “Twenty Year Club,” including Arlene Brown and Barbara Burton of Niles, Barb Findley of Benton Harbor, and Stew Finkler and Lucille Mallory of St. Joseph.

Throughout 2016, 347 St. Joseph volunteers provided 37,292 hours of service at the Center for Outpatient Services, Meadowbrook Business Center, Marie Yeager Cancer Center, and Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. Lakeland Hospital, Niles had 187 volunteers contributing 18,244 hours. At Pine Ridge, 36 volunteers contributed 5,837 hours. Together these hours represent the work of 30 full time associates.

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