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TODAY news for Thursday, May 25, 2006

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Banquet celebrates LLUMC, LLUCH volunteers

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Volunteers for Loma Linda University Medical Center who donated more than 400 hours in 2005 gather for a group photo in Wong Kerlee International Conference Center.
Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center celebrated the volunteers that donate their time and efforts to the Medical Center and Children’s Hospital at the annual recognition banquet on April 27. The banquet featured a festive atmosphere with the theme that volunteers are the spice of life. Wong Kerlee International Conference Center filled with volunteers and their families to recognize the dedicated hours put in during 2005. In total, more than 1,600 active volunteers contributed 196,361 hours to the Medical Center and Children’s Hospital.

Denise Winter, director of volunteer services, provided the official welcome to start the program and thanked the volunteers for their generous contributions of time and energy.

She introduced the master of ceremonies for the evening, W. Augustus Cheatham, MSW, vice president for public affairs.

“We’re very prou
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Volunteers for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital who donated more than 400 hours in 2005 pose for a picture at the annual volunteer recognition banquet on April 27.
d of all you do,” Mr. Cheatham said in thanks to the volunteers. “It is a privilege to be here. You are the greatest group of people.”

In a letter written to the volunteers printed in the evening’s program bulletin, Ruthita Fike, MA, CEO and administrator of the Medical Center, applauded their dedicated efforts.

“Your partnership with us in caring for those in need is such a blessing,” wrote Ms. Fike. “Your acts of kindness and service have a direct impact on the lives of patients, families, and employees.”

Volunteers are recognized when they reach certain award levels. Teenagers are first recognized with a certificate when they reach 50 hours of service. All volunteers are recognized when they reach the levels of 100, 500, 1,000, 2,000, and at every thousand-hour level thereafter. Those being recognized received a pin with their name and number of hours. In addition, volunteers who served 400 hours or more during 2005 received an additional gift—a portable cooler that packed away like carry-on airline luggage.

By Preston Clarke Smith
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Volunteers from Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus who donated more than 400 hours in 2005 receive recognition at the volunteer banquet on April 27.
Milestones
(From left) W. Augustus Cheatham, MSW, vice president for public affairs, and Denise Winter, director of volunteer services, honor Etienne Caroline, lifeline program/special projects volunteer with 7,346 total hours through 2005; Frances Brown, diversional therapy program volunteer with 5,498 total hours through 2005; and Harold Allday, care connection van and PATS volunteer with 10,011 total hours through 2005.

TODAY news for Thursday, May 25, 2006