A publication for the staff of Hartford Hospital
April 11, 2011
Vol. 67 No. 11
Celebrating Our Hospital Volunteers April 10-16 is National Volunteer Week. We are fortunate to have generous people (and loving dogs) who serve Hartford Hospital’s staff, patients and families. It’s important to thank the Volunteers each time they serve. However, National Volunteer Week gives all of us an opportunity to acknowledge and show appreciation for their contribution of service and hours. During the past year 1,122 volunteers, including 33 dogs and 107 teenagers, contributed 146,699 hours of service, working in 234 different areas of the hospital. The total monetary value of this time donated to the hospital is more than $4 million. Volunteers augment and complement the professional staff and extend hospital resources. They work as part of a team, without increasing the cost of care. In addition, volunteers work with staff to provide warmth, concern and personal attention to our patients and their families. The presence of Hartford Hospital Volunteerism is a public testimony of connection and commitment that provides a bridge between this hospital and our community.
Cindy Wasserman began volunteering here in 1977 when she was a student at UConn. In 1997, she became one of the first volunteers trained to serve the newly opened Palliative Care Unit. Today, Cindy remains one of the most dedicated volunteers at Hartford Hospital, working here at least twice a week in the Cancer Center. She particularly enjoys her time in the Infusion Center and visiting with patients and families on CB2, and manages the bereavement card program and Family Resource Library on CB2.
Betty Fanska has had a 40-year relationship with Hartford Hospital, which includes 18 years as an employee and more than 20 years as a volunteer.
Please take the time to recognize and thank the Volunteers who have made a difference in your department and “Volunteering is the best decision you’ll throughout the hospital. ever make,” she said. “You get much This year we are paying special tribute to more out of it than you can possibly put two long-time volunteers, Cindy Wasser- in. Hartford Hospital does a really nice man and Betty Fanska, who have each job of providing opportunities for volgiven 5,000 hours of volunteer service to unteers to contribute in extraordinary Hartford Hospital. ways.”
Betty began her volunteer service as a candy striper at the age of 18. In 1971 she was hired by the hospital as a secretary, and worked here for 18 years. A year after her retirement in 1989, she began volunteering again. She has been working in Ambulatory Surgery as a volunteer for 20 years. Betty’s advice to anyone thinking about volunteering is: “Do it. You’ll see the real world - people who are healthy, sick, dying and those whose health has improved. It will be the best experience of your life.”
April 10-16 is National Volunteer Week
Happening at Hartford Hospital This is National Cancer Registrars Week
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