The Memorial Healthcare Volunteers will be honored at a special ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 30 in Saginaw with a Governor’s Service Award winner for Outstanding Volunteer Programs. The group is among 27 other winners honored among eight categories that reflect the diverse nature of volunteers throughout Michigan.     “Michiganders have always displayed a willingness to help neighbors and communities through service and volunteerism,” Gov. Rick Snyder said. “These 28 Michigan residents, programs and businesses have gone above and beyond to create a lasting positive impact across the state. I am proud to recognize them for their selfless efforts.”

Memorial Healthcare Volunteer Services in Owosso help with the day-to-day running of Memorial Healthcare. The 200 volunteers, more than many larger hospitals, provide patient care, administrative, employee, and concierge services. They operate the front desk, run the courtesy car, feed chemo and infusion patients, transport patients, provide items to patients that are admitted suddenly, provide baby hats to newborns, operate a newborn screening register to determine newborn high risk behavior and much more.

The group has been in existence for more than 24 years saving the hospital operating expenses. In 2015 alone, the volunteers donated more than 40,000 hours and some of the individual volunteers have more than 25,000 lifetime hours of service.

Governor Snyder Awards Memorial Healthcare Volunteers was last modified: August 1st, 2016 by Karen Elford