Hudson, Florida (September 3, 2014) – Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point recently honored its teen volunteers at its annual Teen Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and Awards Ceremony on Saturday, August 9, 2014. The luncheon was to recognize the services offered by the many teens who volunteer to help at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.
This summer approximately 110 teens ranging in age from 14 to 18 volunteered during the hospital’s summer program in the following service areas: Cardio-pulmonary Rehab, Case Management, Company Care, Couriers, Courtesy Cart Drivers, Dietitian’s Office, ER Registration, Floor Services, Food and Nutrition Services, Greeters, Human Resources, Infection Control Office, Information Technology & Systems, Materials Management, OR Hold, OR Supply, Pharmacy, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Trauma Step-Down Unit, Welcome Center A, and Wound Care.
Many of the students use their hours to apply for scholarships. In fact this year the Volunteer Association gave out four $2,000 scholarships to teens who volunteered at least 100 hours and had a 3.7 GPA or better.
At the awards ceremony Donna Owen, Manager of Volunteer Services, along with Elliot Lorenzi, president of the Volunteer Association, announced this year’s Five Star Volunteers of the Year. This year there were 16 volunteer winners.
The six award winners are:
Steffany Contreras has been volunteering at RMCBP for almost two years and has accumulated 400 merit hours and 800 life hours. She is a weekend courier and works at admitting and discharging patients, running errands and helping out when needed. She has a reputation for conscientiousness, courtesy and kindness to all she greets.
Albi Hoxhallari has been volunteering for nine months but has already accumulated 500 merit hours and 250 life hours and has proven to be a young man with exceptional qualities. His colleagues consider him sincere, hardworking, intelligent and genuinely kind. His team leader refers to Albi as a quiet man who “speaks volumes with his demeanor.” Albi was one of the teens who received a scholarship award for 2014 with a 4.1 GPA and has chosen to pursue the field of engineering.
Meghan Hurley has been volunteering for almost two years and has accumulated over 500 life hours and 925 merit hours. She volunteers as a courier on Sunday afternoons and has a reputation for taking her job seriously as well as being friendly, polite and working well with others. Her fellow volunteers have stated that she is a pleasure to work with and is an asset to the volunteer team. Her team leader, Linda Donadoni, says, “Meghan absolutely deserves this award. She’s a wonderful young lady that each and every time she does an outstanding job.”
Julia Melucci has volunteered for over two years and accumulated 850 life hours with 1,000 merit hours. She works as a courier but also helps run Welcome Desk A several nights a week. Julia has a reputation for dependability, politeness and being a hard worker. She is regarded as a go to person who always helps when needed and called upon to take the extra shift.
Aakash Pajaby has volunteered at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point for over three years and has 400 life hours and 700 merit hours. He has been volunteer courier running errands and escorting patient and families discharging and admitting patients. His team leader, Bill McKeon, said that “Aakash is very personable, neatly dressed, takes his job seriously and does whatever asked of him.”
Ivan Trotter has volunteered as a Sunday courier for over a year with 661 merit hours and 330 life hours. Ivan is always polite and friendly, works hard and helps out without being asked and has a reputation for taking more than one shift at a time wherever he is needed. He is relied on to always have a smile on his face and a pleasant demeanor especially with patients and families but also with fellow volunteers and staff.
When a volunteer reaches 100 hours they receive a special pin to commemorate the event. Thirty-one of the Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point teens received a 100 hour pin, five received 500 hour pins and three received 750 hour pins. One teen received a 1,000 hour pin. Those who received these pins are:
Kayla Canton – 100 hrs.
Kasia Czaplinski – 100 hrs.
Darshanie Dass – 100 hrs.
Paige Fisher – 100 hrs.
Richard Florczak – 100 hrs.
Monique Flores – 100 hrs.
Vaibhav Gandhi – 100 hrs.
Brandon Glasgow – 100 hrs.
Madison Harvey – 100 hrs.
Danielle Heidkamp – 100 hrs.
Nicole Henson – 100 hrs.
Alyssa Hermann – 100 hrs.
Sarah Hinton – 100 hrs.
Amir Hussain – 100 hrs.
Krysta Johnes – 100 hrs.
Pamala Kiernan – 100 hrs.
Brianna Leone – 100 hrs.
Elizabeth Litzenberger – 100 hrs.
Makayla Maddox – 100 hrs.
Nidhi Patel – 100 hrs.
Jessica Piercy – 100 hrs.
Alexandra Pternitis – 100 hrs.
Shae Quinn – 100 hrs.
Alyssa Rutman – 100 hrs.
Meghan Savoldy – 100 hrs.
Courtney Schubiger – 100 hrs.
Antonio Sierra – 100 hrs.
Briana Texter – 100 hrs.
Clarice Todd – 100 hrs.
Amber Whitmore – 100 hrs.
Albi Hoxhallari – 100, 500 hrs.
Ivan Trotter – 500 hrs.
Steffany Contreras – 500, 750 hrs.
Meghan Hurley – 500, 750 hrs.
Julia Melucci – 500, 750, 1000 hrs.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point wishes to take this opportunity to express their appreciation to all those young people who volunteered their time this summer and in particular to their parents who faithfully brought them to the hospital to volunteer. Said Donna Owen, “We hope their experience was a positive one and we look forward to seeing many of them next year. Our hospital truly shined because of them.”
For more information on Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point’s volunteer program call 727-869-5525.
About Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point
Regional Medical Center Bayonet has been serving the community since 1981. We are a 290-bed acute care hospital located in Hudson, FL and home of the nationally acclaimed Heart Institute. We have more than 350 physicians, 1,264 employees and 500 volunteers on our integrated healthcare delivery team.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has achieved distinction in the following areas:
· Level II Trauma Center
· 2011 and 2012 Top Performing Hospital for Key Quality Measures for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care – The Joint Commission
· Certified Advance Primary Stroke Center – Joint Commission
· Heart & Stroke Champions Award Winner 1998 – 2011
· MRI, CT, Ultrasound, and Nuclear Medicine Accredited – American College of Radiology
· Approved, with Commendation, Community Cancer Program – American College of Surgeons.
· 10 Joint Commission Disease-Specific Certifications: primary stroke center, acute myocardial infarction, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), coronary artery bypass graft, heart failure, joint replacement hip, joint replacement knee, lung cancer, pneumonia, wound care!
· Awarded Hospital Safety Score of “A” in four consecutive rankings by The Leapfrog Group.
· Recipient of the 2014 American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Gold Performance Achievement Award in stroke.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is located at 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson, FL. 34667. For additional information on Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point visit www.rmchealth.com or www.heartoftampa.comor visit us on Facebook.