Hotel Dieu Hospital volunteers mark 110 years of service

At its annual general meeting on Oct. 19, Volunteer Services to Hotel Dieu Hospital, Inc. wrapped up 110 years of giving to the hospital, putting on record yet another year of generosity, commitment and compassion towards the patients and families in our region.

Over the last year, Volunteer Services has contributed $50,000 towards a major relocation project for the Ear, Nose and Throat clinic (a donation that will be matched by the Larry Gibson Estate); $20,000 to the new Mohs microsurgery clinic for patients with skin cancer; and close to $70,000 for medical equipment, including a $15,000 device used to cut away potentially cancerous colon polyps and $35,000 worth of recovery beds for the hospital’s overnight surgical stay unit. 

In addition, the organization’s strong retail performers—the hospital’s cafe and gift shop—raised $148,500 this past year.  And the volunteers have committed another $50,000 to patient equipment and programs in the coming year, said Sharon Suddergaard, President of Volunteer Services. 

“The best patient care possible demands the best equipment possible,” said Suddergaard, who handed over the reins of Volunteer Services to incoming President Carol Hazell at the AGM.  “Our volunteers are working hard to make sure such equipment is available.  We’re grateful to everyone who supports our retail operations or special events such as our Elvis tribute show—which brought in $18,000—because every dollar translates into top-quality equipment and services at Hotel Dieu.”

At the AGM, the hospital’s 227 volunteers were also applauded for donating 17,710 hours of service over the past year, and a group of 23 volunteers received service pins for anywhere from 5 to 30 years of service; in total, the group represented 240 years of dedicated service to the hospital. 

“We’re very grateful to our volunteers for their generous financial gifts, which support our hospital in leading the way in ambulatory care,” says Dr. David Pichora, HDH Chief Executive Officer.  “Even more, we deeply appreciate the care and compassion they bring to Hotel Dieu every single day.”

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