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Morris Hospital Honors Volunteers for Dedicated Service

Morris Hospital Honors Volunteers for Dedicated Service
June 19, 2017 Morris Hospital

Morris Hospital Honors Volunteers for Dedicated Service

June 19, 2017, Morris, Illinois –Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers recently honored volunteers for donating 49,717 hours of service over the past year during a luncheon held at the Morris Country Club.

The program began with a welcome from Volunteer Manager Karen Nowosielski, followed by a moment of prayer lead by volunteer Julian Houston. After lunch, Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers’ President & CEO Mark Steadham addressed the volunteers, expressing his appreciation for the invaluable contributions they make to Morris Hospital.

“This past September was the 110-year anniversary of Morris Hospital,” Steadham said. “The day before the first patient was seen back in 1906, women from the community gathered together and formed the very first Ladies Auxiliary of Morris Hospital.  Clearly, it was apparent from the very beginning that community support and volunteerism would be key to the success of our local community hospital.”

“I am so grateful to our volunteers for carrying on the same spirit of generosity, dedication and selflessness.  Without a doubt, our volunteers help make Morris Hospital what it is today,” he said.

Over the past year, the hours donated by Morris Hospital volunteers translated into over 17,000 rides to medical appointments through the Patient Transportation Service.  The 4,533 hours that volunteers gave to the Morris Hospital Auxiliary gift shop generated $48,000 in revenue that was donated to the Morris Hospital Foundation to provide important services and technology for patients. 2,979 hours of volunteer time donated to the surgical waiting room made a difference for over 6,000 families while they were anxiously waiting for a loved one in surgery.

Volunteers made a similar impact by staffing the main reception desk at the hospital, assisting at the Rhythm of Our Youth cardiac screening program at area high schools, maintaining the serenity garden and historical library, counseling seniors and low income community members who need guidance with their health insurance coverage, cheering up patients through the pet therapy program, and making keepsake baby hats, newborn Christmas stockings, and comfort pillows for patients undergoing cancer treatment.

The following volunteers were recognized for achieving milestones in their service hours:


Thomas Meyer, 100 hours


Peggy Swick, 1,000 hours

Phillip Swick, 1,000 hours


Wallace Farrar, 500 hours

Coal City

Robert Ames, 1,500 hours

Sandi Christensen, 100 hours

David Gowdy, 2,500 hours

Carol Williams, 500 hours


Jennifer Styx, 100 hours

Paul Styx, 100 hours


Ginger Bjelland, 100 hours

Nancy Bjelland, 100 hours

Judy Cashmer, 100 hours

John Galik, 100 hours


Ralph Binion, 4,000 hours


Larry Mitchell, 9,500 hours

David Prater, 5,000 hours

Jerald Sebby, 100 hours


John Almer, 1,000 hours

James Arnold, 1,000 hours

Laurie Biskie, 1,000 hours

Tom Biskie, 1,500 hours

Carol Button, 500 hours

Debbie Calvert, 100 hours

William Capper, 7,000 hours

John Connon, 500 hours

Jo Dergo, 2,000 hours

Richard Dice, 500 hours

Jeri Dolezal, 35,000 hours

Terri Edney, 100 hours

Mel Fight, 7,000 hours

David Goodale, 1,000 hours

Herbert Hain, 5,500 hours

Joyce Hain, 3,000 hours

Eunice Hayse, 7,000 hours

Larry Heck, 500 hours

Sharon Houston, 2,500 hours

Gretchen Johnson, 7,000 hours

James Jongewaard, 1,500 hours

Audrey Kaufman, 1,000 hours

Luella Kellogg, 2,500 hours

Sherry Korthauer, 3,000 hours

George Kresse, 7,500 hours

Gary Kuntz, 2,000 hours

Judy Kuntz, 4,500 hours

Peggy Leach, 3,500 hours

Robert Limbach, 2,500 hours

Raymond Lisy, 4,000 hours

Sandy Lisy, 1,000 h ours

Suzanne Lock, 100 hours

Carol Martin, 500 hours

Diane Miranda, 1,000 hours

Kay Morris, 1,000 hours

Penny Nance, 1,500 hours

Gloria Neal, 100 hours

Lori Neary, 100 hours

Josetta Nelson, 500 hours

James O’Hara, 8,500 hours

Char Orndorff, 1,000 hours

Gary Orndorff, 6,500 hours

Theresa Panzica, 2,500 hours

Lois Patnode, 1,000 hours

Raymond Paulson, 7,000 hours

Rowena Pfeifer, 1,000 hours

Ron Ragan, 7,500 hours

Fran Rivett, 2,500 hours

Judy Robowski, 4,500 hours

Donald Ryder, Jr., 2,500 hours

Michael Sanders, 2,500 hours

James Schaub, 500 hours

Sara Seidler, 500 hours

Mary Shoudis, 100 hours

Mary Skratulia, 100 hours

Bruce Smith, 500 hours

Raymond Stanford, 100 hours

Barry Summers, 1,500 hours

Donald Trejo, 5,500 hours

Virginia Walsh, 4,500 hours

Alan Williams, 500 hours

Herman Wisslead, 100 hours


Bill Akre, 1,500 hours

Dorothy Akre, 500 hours

Ted Grandys, 1,500 hours

Diana Green, 100 hours

Tommy Koger, 1,000 hours

Mark Victor, 500 hours

St. Charles

Dennis Mahoney, 100 hours

South Wilmington

Charlotte Finn, 1,000 hours

Sylvia Zdeb, 500 hours


Pete Collins, 100 hours

Bernie Shields, 9,000 hours

For more information on volunteering at Morris Hospital, visit or call 815-705-7022.

Serving patients at 25 locations in 11 communities, Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers includes the 89-bed Morris Hospital, as well as physician offices in Braidwood, Channahon, Dwight, Gardner, Marseilles, Mazon, Minooka, Morris, Newark, Ottawa and Yorkville. Through the services of over 1,700 healthcare professionals, physicians and volunteers, Morris Hospital provides lifesaving cardiac intervention with angioplasty and stents, a radiation therapy center for cancer patients, a state-of-the-art intensive care unit, and immediate care services at three locations. Morris Hospital is a Level II trauma center, a Level II perinatal care provider with an intermediate care nursery, and a Primary Stroke Center. Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers is a recipient of The Advisory Board Company’s 2017 Workplace of the Year Award for having outstanding employee engagement and was named on Becker’s Hospital Review’s 100 Great Community Hospitals list in 2016 and 2017.