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Volunteerism at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital: 65 Years Strong

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital April 26, 2007

Deerfield Woman is Volunteer of the Year

LAKE FOREST, IL – There was something extra special about Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital’s tribute to its many volunteers this year. In addition to honoring the approximately 400 people whose “compassionate presence” touches so many lives in so many ways, the annual Volunteer Recognition and Awards Luncheon, held April 27 at the Deer Path Inn, took a fond look back at what’s now a 65-year tradition of service to the hospital. Following the awards ceremony, those in attendance viewed a DVD titled “A 65-Year Retrospect.” It depicts the many ways volunteers have helped the hospital fulfill its mission of care over the years.

Last year, volunteers donated more than 25,000 hours of service to almost every department. One of them, Cynthia Boyd of Deerfield, was honored as the volunteer of the year by receiving the 2006 Pauline Christie Award “for serving as an inspiration to fellow volunteers and for providing outstanding service to Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital.”

Boyd has been a volunteer at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital for more than 12 years. The former elementary school teacher and child-care provider began her volunteer service while still working part time and continues that service following her retirement three years ago. “Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital had been my family’s hospital for many years, so it seemed like a natural thing to volunteer here,”

Boyd said. “It means a great deal to me to be able to give back to the medical community that’s been so good to us.” Her service includes working at the hospital’s front desk, training new volunteers and making herself available as an on-call volunteer.

The award Boyd 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. Records dating back to 1950 indicate volunteers have given a total of 427,076 hours of service to the hospital.

In addition, 10 volunteers were honored for providing at least 300 hours of hospital service each. The 2006 Tree of Life Pin recipients are Lynda Binns, Louise Brearton, Ronald Bruner, Lanie Camino, Barry Davidson, Cindy Kuchman, Elizabeth Nemickas, Emily Poremski, Clouia Rath and Anne Skinner.

President Thomas J. McAfee thanked all the volunteers for their dedication to the hospital’s healing work. “All your efforts, kindness and compassion speak volumes for Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital,” he said.

Volunteer Services Manager Diane Tiffany added, “We’re very grateful for all you do. There aren’t many corners of the hospital where you won’t find a volunteer.”

The annual Volunteer Recognition and Awards Luncheon is hosted by the Board of Directors of the Women’s Auxiliary. This year’s theme was “A Legacy of Giving.”

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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