Volunteer Award

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South Nassau Volunteer Awards

On April 15, South Nassau administrators and members of the board of directors saluted volunteers for their tireless support and contributions of service. Nearly 370 volunteers were recognized for giving 49,797 hours of service to South Nassau in 2014.

This year’s theme, “South Nassau Volunteers are Tea-rrific,” highlighted the comfort and support volunteers provide the hospital. “Each of you is like a warm cup of tea,” said Anne Fernandez, director of Volunteer Services, “providing comfort to patients, staff and visitors by your presence.”

Volunteers fill many roles at South Nassau, from lending an ear to patients to performing
clerical and courier duties. Two new programs added to Volunteer Services last year include
Hospital Elder Life, which offers companionship and ambulation to seniors seven days a week,
and Animal-Assisted Therapy, which helps hospitalized patients recuperate from illness faster
and reduce feelings of fear, stress or loneliness through interactions with dogs.

This year’s prestigious Five-Star award recipient is Gaston “Gus” Scheers. The 90-year old
Oceanside resident, who plans to retire in June, began volunteering at South Nassau in 2001, first in Transportation and then in the Outpatient Dialysis Unit. Mr. Scheers has contributed more than 4,500 hours of service to the hospital, where staff members say his “work ethic and positive attitude has been example to all.”

Here is a listing of South Nassau volunteers who received awards for their contributions of service:

  • 50 Years of Service: June Kane, Ruth Fortin and Jean Silvers
    • 25,000 Hours: June Kane
    • 20,000 Hours: Susan Keller
    • 17,000 Hours: Jane Reinert
    • 14,000 Hours: Maida Cammarata
    • 7,000 Hours: Frances Johnson
    • 6,000 Hours: Anne Dennin, Hilda Friedman
    • 5,000 Hours: Elizabeth Wood
    • 4,000 Hours: Mary Becker, Eleanor F. Murphy, Mary Savino
    • 3,000 Hours: Ronald Arroyo, Maureen Cantwell, Eric Matsil, Ruth McDade, John McGoff, Edward Reilly, Ethel Staley, Margaret Strangio
    • 2,000 Hours: Norman Doctor, Jeff Eisen, Elaine Unger, Rosemarie Scarola, Donna Skoran
    • 1,000 Hours: Ginger Berger, Earnestine Griffin, Mary Hisler, Vivian Horowitz, Christine Janosek, Sarah Kent, Adele Levine, Harri Meyers, Eileen Muirhead, Patricia Paynter, John Smith, Kathy Tuckruskye, Jonathan Vagnone, Frances Weiss
    • 500 Hours: Louise Coscia, Judith Delaney, Lizette Dimitriadis, Susan Goldberg, Edward Hartnett, Sandra Jablons, Laurie Levine, Marilyn Loheide, Doris Metzger, Allen Parks, Evelyn Pignotti, Laurie Strohm, Jean Ventrello
    • 350 Hours: Judith Connolly, Carole Flam, Kathleen McClellan, Eileen Mitchnick, Jessica Protheroe, Jayme Stuart
    • 150 Hours: Akash Anrude, Bernard Aptacker, Greg Babus, Alberta C. Biscotti, Carl Borruso, Peggy Bronstein, Kevin Costello, Alan Dorman, Robert Dunwoody, Annabelle Issac, Jonathan Kaszuba, Madelyn Knee, Trudy Malmut, Stephanie M. Millien, Bibi Z. Nazamuddeen, Jerome Posnick, LeRoy Roberts, Dorothy Tannenbaum, Carole N. Weinberg







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