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Beach Park Man is Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital's Volunteer of the Year

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital April 21, 2006

LAKE FOREST, IL – Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital (LFH) took time just ahead of National Volunteer Week (April 23-29) to recognize the 390 people whose “compassionate presence” touches so many lives in so many ways. Volunteers, who donated nearly 30,000 hours of service to almost every department last year, were honored at the annual Volunteer Recognition and Awards Luncheon April 20 at the hospital, hosted by the Board of Directors of the Women’s Auxiliary.

Ron Bruner, of Beach Park, received the 2005 Pauline Christie Award “for serving as an inspiration to fellow volunteers and for providing outstanding service to Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital.” The former Lake Forest resident, who recently retired after a total of 40 years in the banking and trust industries, began his volunteer service to the hospital by helping meet the needs of family members in the Day Surgery waiting area one morning a week. He soon added to this caring presence by also volunteering his professional expertise in the hospital’s fiscal services department two additional mornings a week.

“I think everyone needs to give back to the community,” Bruner says. “For many years, I donated blood and then thought what better way to give back to the community than to put in some volunteer hours at the hospital when I could do so. Now that I’m retired, I can do it, and I enjoy doing it.”

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital Manager of Volunteer Services Diane Tiffany says, “Ron exemplifies the spirit shared by so many of our wonderful volunteers. In addition to faithfully performing his duties, Ron has helped train many new volunteers.” The award Bruner received is named for the former Women’s Auxiliary Board president who helped organize Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital’s first formal volunteer program in the early 1950s.

In addition, eight volunteers were honored for providing at least 300 hours of hospital service each. The 2005 Tree of Life Pin recipients are Wilton Arthur, Wadsworth; Laura Carney, Lake Bluff; Sister Martha Fass, Convent of the Holy Spirit, Northfield, Ill.; Alison Ives, Lake Forest; Marie Pierre, North Chicago; Laura Skinner, Lake Bluff; Pam Waud, Lake Forest; and John Remington, Lake Forest.

President Thomas J. McAfee thanked all the volunteers for their pivotal role at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. “You, through your commitments, allow us to achieve our mission,” he said. William G. Ries, who’s retiring after 20 years as president, also attended the luncheon and offered his thanks to the volunteers one final time. “We couldn’t do what we do without you,” Ries said.

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital welcomes inquiries from men and women of all ages interested in offering a helping hand. For more information on the mutually beneficial experience of volunteering at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital call 847.535.6850.

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