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Olean General Hospital honors volunteers

Posted on: 04/28/2017

The Little Genesee Quilters volunteer their time at Olean General Hospital and have made and donated approximately 175 quilts over the last two years.

Olean General Hospital honored its volunteers for their time and service to the hospital during a recognition dinner April 27, which was held during National Volunteer Week.

The hospital recognized 108 active volunteers who donated over 15,000 hours of service over the last year.

“The entire hospital celebrates and salutes our volunteers and extends our sincere thanks and appreciation for all of their tremendous support of Olean General Hospital,” said Timothy J. Finan, president and chief executive officer, Upper Allegheny Health System and Olean General Hospital.

“Olean General has numerous volunteers and we are grateful to gather them together at this recognition dinner to honor all of their contributions throughout the year. Many do not work within the hospitals walls. There are several who make baby hats and lap blankets at home or with a group. These volunteers not only donate their time but also the materials to make their beautiful creations. Babies born at OGH receive hats and the auxiliary also gives lap blankets to our subacute rehab patients. Each one of the donated items brings comfort and joy to the patients who receive them. The hard work and love that goes into them is truly appreciated,” said Crystal Kling, volunteer services coordinator, OGH.

Kling thanked all volunteers for their time and generosity but also noted a few special recognitions.

Mary Marks of Allegany has been volunteering and a member of the OGH Auxiliary since 2001. She is currently the auxiliary’s treasurer and lead volunteer at the Mildred Milliman Outpatient Surgery Center. She goes above and beyond covering many shifts when others are not available.

Lorraine Ranallo of Olean has been volunteering at OGH for the last 18 years. She is a loyal volunteer that comes in every Friday and works diligently in the lab and in medical records. She rarely misses a day no matter what the weather may be like she is a true asset to the departments she helps.

OGH has three volunteers who provide comfort and cheer to patients and their families at the Mildred Milliman Radiation Center on a weekly basis. Therapy dogs, Sierra, along with her handlers, David and Dobie Marowski of Olean, and Bree, with her handler Beth Mills of Olean, have been volunteering since the start of the program six years ago. Recently, Bree’s brother, Andre, joined the team and also spends time at the center. These four legged friends received doggie bags filled with treats that were sent home with their handlers for all they do.

“Our volunteers are simply priceless. We are inspired by the sacrifices they make and by the gift of their time and talents. It’s nothing less than impressive,” said Karen Fohl, vice president, institutional advancement, foundation president, OGH.

Volunteers of all ages and abilities provide a variety of services for the hospital including VanGogh drivers, patient escorts, art cart, compassionate companion, mail delivery, runners and much more. For more information on volunteer opportunities at OGH, contact Crystal Kling at 716/375-6119 or ckling@ogh.org.

Upper Allegheny Health System is the parent company of Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital. An integration of two prominent community hospitals in Southwestern New York state and Northwestern Pennsylvania, Upper Allegheny Health System’s goal is the enhancement of each hospital’s mission of care and service to their respective communities with the common goal of improving care, enhancing clinical programs and providing best-in-class service for various health needs.

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