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1000th Volunteer Begins Service to Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital

Lake Forest Hospital February 25, 2010

Tammy Silvetti’s first day as a volunteer for Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital was more than just a milestone for her; it was a milestone for the hospital. When she began volunteering at the hospital resale shop near Market Square in the City of Lake Forest, she also became the hospital’s 1000th volunteer.

LAKE FOREST, IL – “I want to give back to the hospital because the hospital has given so much to me,” Silvetti says. “My doctors are with Northwestern Medicine
 Lake Forest Hospital. So are my children’s.” Silvetti has five children and is also active as a church and school volunteer.

She now joins a team of volunteers and Women’s Auxiliary Board members at the Northwestern Medicine
 Lake Forest Hospital Resale Shop. The shop is open six days a week and has been around for 84 years. It serves a dual community service; the shop itself sells affordable items to the community and its proceeds go toward the hospital.

Other hospital volunteers serve as escorts for new admissions, volunteer chaplains and as helpers for families in the surgical waiting rooms. Still others provide clerical support or work in the coffee shop.

“We are so grateful for all of our volunteers and the many roles they play,” says Manager of Volunteer Services Dee Tiffany. “Like Tammy, they’re eager to help in whatever way they can. They make a real difference in others’ lives.”

The hospital has seen an increase in volunteers in recent months. In 2009, volunteers logged 33,600 hours at the main campus and in Grayslake. In January this year, 27 more volunteers donated an additional 134 hours of time over January of 2009.

The Resale Shop is located at 653 Bank Lane, Lake Forest. Shop hours are Monday and Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The shop was founded in 1926 by Mrs. Robert McGann and Mrs. John Coleman. For more information, call 847.234.0539.

Learn more about all of the volunteer opportunities at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital.

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