HackensackUMC Volunteers Honored During 2014 Recognition Ceremony
April 29, 2014 02:22 PM
Robert C. Garrett, (center) president and chief executive officer, Hackensack University Health Network along with some of the people who serve as volunteers at HackensackUMC.
On Tuesday, April 15, HackensackUMC paid tribute to its 2,400 volunteers who performed an impressive 283,000 hours of service in 2013. The value of this service represents $7.3 million in donated labor for HackensackUMC.
During the ceremony luncheon, the entire team was recognized, as well as those celebrating milestone years for 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 year anniversaries.
“Our volunteer program is a tremendous asset to HackensackUMC,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer, Hackensack University Health Network. “Their dedication to our patients and the community is amazing and I thank each of them for a job well done. We couldn’t do what we do without the help of our volunteers.”
In addition, two volunteers received the President’s Daily Point of Light Award and a certificate signed by President George H.W. Bush. Points of Light is the largest organization in the world dedicated to recognizing volunteer service.
Ellen Smith, of Wayne Township, volunteers in the HackensackUMC Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP). Ellen has been a volunteer at HackensackUMC for five years and has donated 7,500 hours of service. Ellen was a finalist in the 2012 NJBiz Healthcare Heroes Awards Program and she was given the honor to be chosen as a 2012 Garden State Seeds of Hope Award winner. In 2012, Ellen received the Lifetime Achievement Award for volunteer service from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. Ellen was also a 2011 Most Valuable Team Member for HackensackUMC.
Gary Frahm, of Lodi, volunteers at the John Theurer Cancer Center at HackensackUMC where he manages the lunch program for patients who are on infusion and helps anywhere else he is needed. Gary has been a volunteer at HackensackUMC for 10 years and has donated 12,000 hours of service. In 2012, Gary received the Lifetime Achievement Award for volunteer service from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.
For more information about volunteering opportunities at HackensackUMC, please call the Department of Volunteer Services at 551-996-3171.
Photo: Robert C. Garrett, (center) president and chief executive officer, Hackensack University Health Network along with some of the people who serve as volunteers at HackensackUMC.
About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,140 beds, nearly 10,000 employees and 2,200 credentialed physicians.HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey and one of the top three New York metro area hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2013-14. It also received 10 national rankings in: Cancer; Cardiology & Heart Surgery; Ear, Nose & Throat; Gastroenterology & GI Surgery; Geriatrics; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; Pulmonology; Urology; and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital ranked as one of the Top 50 Best Children’s Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals list. The children’s hospital is housed with the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital in the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Center using the highest “green building” standards, and was included on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is among Healthgrades® America’s Best 100 Hospitals in five different areas – more than any other hospital in the state, is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for eight years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 12 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and received 23 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls, and remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.