Connie George celebrates her 20th year volunteering at Mercy Health - Springfield. CONTRIBUTED

Mercy Health-Springfield to recognize accomplishments of its volunteers

Mercy Health - Springfield Regional Medical Center is thanking its volunteers by recognizing their service to the hospital.

The recognition coincides with National Volunteer Week, which takes place from April 7 to 13.

Of the hospital’s roughly 450 volunteers, who provided more than 45,000 hours of service, one stands out: Connie George, who is 81 years old, has volunteered at Mercy Health for 20 years.

George said that volunteering at the hospital gives her something to look forward to.

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“I’m meeting a lot of people, I’m providing a very important service and I’m very much appreciated,” George said.

George has served the hospital in various capacities, working with the laboratory, X-rays, and patient transportation. George said some of her favorite parts of volunteering are meeting new people and the flexibility of her work.

“It just makes me feel good knowing that I’m doing something to help. It’s not costing them anything and it’s not costing me anything other than time - and I’ve got plenty of time,” George said.

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Matt Caldwell, president of Mercy Health - Springfield, thanked the hospital’s volunteers for their commitment and dedication.

“It’s no secret that our volunteers play a significant role in our hospitals. They help provide our patients with compassionate care and ensure that our hospitals run smoothly,” Caldwell said.

“By giving freely of their time, energy and enthusiasm, they create a welcoming environment for patients and staff.

Mercy Health - Springfield and Mercy Health Urbana Hospital will host dinner and awards celebrations throughout the week to recognize the work of their volunteers. Leaders and associates from across the hospital will also thank volunteers in person and through thank you cards.

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Springfield Regional Medical Center is currently seeking volunteers in multiple areas. To learn more about Mercy Health - Springfield’s volunteer program or to join, please visit mercy.com and search “volunteering” or call the hospital at 937-523-5193 and ask for Volunteer Services.

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