Hospital salutes auxiliary service

A suggestion 18 years ago has been mutually beneficial to Golden Peterson and the Ransom Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

Peterson took a neighbor’s advice and joined the auxiliary and has worked in the gift shop at the hospital, 1301 S. Main St., Ottawa, for most of the past two decades, according to a Ransom news release.

Peterson has moved up through the ranks at the gift shop and handles the bookkeeping chores for the shop, the release said.

“The many hours she puts in keeping the gift shop books balanced is appreciated by all,” Jody Lancaster, director of volunteer services for Ransom, said.

Peterson enjoys reading and quilting and spending time with her 10 grandchildren and new great-granddaughter, the release said.

Peterson was honored as the hospital auxiliary’s volunteer of the year at the organization’s spring awards banquet Tuesday night at the Sacred Heart Parish Center, 426 S. Cedar St., Ottawa. Joining the auxiliary in 1996, Peterson also received her 10,000-hour pin for her volunteer service.

Lancaster thanked the auxiliary volunteers for their dedication and many hours of service at the banquet.

“As volunteers, when you open your heart to a patient or visitor of the hospital, you are sending this message: ‘You matter to me.’ And what they hear is, ‘I’m worth the effort,’” Lancaster said.

“You all do an absolutely wonderful job of making patients and visitors feel welcome at our hospital,” she continued. “You are a living advertisement for compassion. Each of us has an amazing opportunity to make a difference each and every time we are volunteering at the hospital. Let’s not let those opportunities race by us.”

The auxiliary’s 109 volunteers logged 15,720 hours of service in 2013, the news release said.

The following volunteers were recognized at the banquet for their hours and years of service:

• 50 hours — Pam Harris and Joan Savage.

• 100 hours — Vickie Alderson, Mike Barker, Phyllis Cline, Dan Jarrell, Twila Parkhurst, Linda Roush, Jane Smith and Jean Stover.

• 500 hours — Lyndell Beauchamp, Roland Bromert, Jim Lancaster, John Lovgren and Ann Maxwell.

• 1,000 hours — Karen Stine.

• 3,000 hours — Mary Royse.

• 5,000 hours — Charlotte Macy and Jessie Pratt.

• 8,000 hours — Betty Minnick.

• 10,000 hours — Golden Peterson.

• 15,000 hours — Ginny Bromert.

• Five years — Dick Bittner, Joanne Bittner, Jan Boese, Claudia Gibson, LaVon Hettler and Edith LeValley.

• 10 years — Roland Bromert and Martha Yancey.

• 15 years — Lela Mae Santarpia and Pauline Yockey.

• 20 years — Sandy Lovgren.

• 30 years — Marguerite Gibson.

• 35 years — Mary Lynn Gollier.

Ginny Lancaster, auxiliary president, reminded volunteers at the banquet the theme for this year is “RMH Auxiliary, Built on a Firm Foundation, Excelling with Strong Support.”  

“Each auxiliary member is part of our firm foundation, and our local businesses along with each member provide our strong support,” Ginny Lancaster said. “If it were not for the strong support provided, the auxiliary would not be able to do all the projects we do each year.”

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