HackensackUMC Volunteers Honored During 2015 Annual Recognition Ceremony
April 24, 2015 11:53 AM
HackensackUMC recently held the annual Volunteer Awards Ceremony to celebrate the medical center’s 1,960 volunteers.
HackensackUMC paid tribute to its 1,960 volunteers who performed an impressive 270,000 hours of service in 2014. The value of this service represents $6.9 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.
“This is one of our most favorite events at the medical center and we’re so humbled to be here to honor you,” said Maureen Keating, vice president, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC. “What each of you do every day by volunteering offers so much to our patients, their families and to our healthcare team. We truly wouldn’t be able to do what we do without you and the generosity of your time.”
“Our volunteers are hard-working people, with different life experiences,” said Catherine Dipasquale, manager, Volunteer Services, HackensackUMC. “But, they all have at least one thing in common - they generously give their precious time for our patients’ comfort and well-being.”
The volunteers assist various departments throughout the medical center from the mail room, to all patient care areas, pastoral care, gift shops and even in animal-assisted therapy activities.
Certificates of gratitude were presented to three volunteers for their long-standing dedication to the medical center and leadership roles:
Rosemarie Sorce, Department of Pediatrics volunteer – 15 years. Rosemarie is also a member of several boards including the HackensackUMC Foundation Board of Trustees and secretary of the HackensackUMC Board of Governors. In addition, she is chairman of the Children’s Hospital Advisory Committee and a member of the Auxiliary of HackensackUMC.
Peggy Liosi, HackensackUMC Foundation volunteer – 20 years. Peggy is also a member of several boards, including the HackensackUMC Foundation Board of Trustees and the HackensackUMC Board of Governors. In addition, she is the current president and former vice president of the Auxiliary of HackensackUMC.
Ann Marie Saccaro, Department of Pastoral Care volunteer - 35 years. Ann Marie is also a member of the HackensackUMC Foundation Board of Trustees and the HackensackUMC Pastoral Care Committee. In addition, she is the former president and current vice president of the Auxiliary of HackensackUMC.
“It has been my pleasure to work closely with two honorees who are near and dear to the Foundation, Peggy Liosi and Annmarie Saccaro. What a team,” said Elizabeth Donald, director, Annual Giving, HackensackUMC Foundation. “Thank you, Ro, for your boundless energy and generosity as a member of the Foundation Board. All of our volunteers give us one of the most valuable commodities in our society – and that is their time. Our staff, our visitors and especially our patients are better for their presence.”
HackensackUMC recently held the annual Volunteer Awards Ceremony to celebrate the medical center’s 1,960 volunteers. Certificates of gratitude were also presented to three volunteers for their long-standing dedication. From left to right: Catherine Dipasquale, manager, Volunteer Services, HackensackUMC; Rosemarie Sorce, volunteer for 15 years, Hackensack, NJ; Peggy Liosi, volunteer for 20 years; Bridgeville, DE; and Maureen Keating, vice president, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital 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 1,250 beds, nearly 10,000 employees and 2,700 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2014-15. It is one of the top 30 hospitals in the nation by receiving 11 national specialty rankings, including a national ranking for the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals. 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 Health Center, and was included on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for nine years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 13 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 was Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament and the NY/NJ Super Bowl XLVIII Host Committee. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.