To celebrate their volunteers, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital held their annual spring recognition luncheon at the America Legion in Lincoln. Over 100 volunteers were celebrated in observance of National Healthcare Volunteers Week.
Volunteers play a critical role at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. Over 21,000 hours of service was provided to ALMH from October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2015. During that time, volunteers also answered 47,000 calls at the information desk and assisted with over 19,000 patient inquiries and services.
“The hospital simply could not operate without the help of our volunteers,” said Dolan Dalpoas, ALMH President and CEO, as he addressed the attendees. “We value you. We know that the services we provide our patients are improved greatly by your commitment to helping us provide excellent patient care.”
Several volunteers were recognized for their years of service but one volunteer, Shirley Dittus, was the highlight of the recognitions with 60 years of volunteerism to ALMH. Throughout the years Dittus, of Lincoln, has served the hospital in a variety of capacities. Her work has also extended to the state level as part of the Coordinating Council of Volunteers.
“I’m not sure how this is possible, “said Dittus. “I’m not even 60 years old.” She said to an amused and admiring audience that included fellow volunteers and Dittus family members including her brother, son, and daughter who were present for the presentation.
Volunteers at ALMH work either occasionally or several hours each week completing things like staffing the front information desk, assisting departments or helping with special projects. Additionally, volunteers operate the Pink Shutter Thrift Shop located at 114 North McLean Street in Lincoln where proceeds benefit the hospital. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Lynne Metz at 217-732-2161 ext. 55700 or visit ALMH.org.