Christiana Care celebrated the extraordinary dedication of hospital volunteers at an appreciation event at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, April 28.

“The number of attendees at the luncheon alone speaks to the commitment of our volunteers who give so selflessly of their time and compassion,” said Rose Wessells, volunteer services manager. More than 200 volunteers attended, in addition to Christiana Care leaders and staff. “Their partnership and dedication to Christiana Care allows us to serve our patients with dignity, care and respect. These extraordinary people deserve to be honored and revered each and every day.”

At the event, 27 volunteers were honored for milestones celebrating their donation of 1,000 to 4,000 hours of service. Eight were recognized as members of the Christiana Care Volunteer Hall of Fame for contributing 10 years of service.

Volunteer Services Operations Coordinator Luz Berrios, Visitor & Volunteer Services Director Margarita Rodriguez-Duffy, MSW, CAVS, and Volunteer Services Manager Rose Wessells led the Volunteer Services team in another successful year of helping our neighbors.

“This year we celebrated and recognized the caring and compassion volunteers provide to others,” said Margarita Rodriguez- Duffy, MSW, CAVS, director, Visitor & Volunteer Services. “We salute you extraordinary people with exceptional hearts. Your unwavering commitment to make a difference in the lives and experiences of others is greatly admired. You recognize the importance of living beyond yourself and sharing your gifts of time, effort and ingenuity with others. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to serve and care for our neighbors.”

In 2017, 1,400 volunteers at Christiana Care provided nearly 80,000 hours of service. That included Christiana Care Cuddlers, who cuddled 483 babies for a total of 458 hours, and 212 Summer VolunTeens who donated time and service during their summer vacation. Volunteers helped 18,000 patients and guests by escorting them to their destinations at Christiana Care’s campuses.

Photo gallery: Volunteers celebrated for service milestones