Hospital honors volunteers

The desire to give back to the community was on full display during Thursday’s Franciscan Health Crawfordsville Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon held at the hospital. 

The event honored 33 Red Coats and Pink Ladies who have totaled more than

350 years of service.

Terry Klein, Franciscan Health Crawfordsville Chief Executive Officer, complimented the volunteers. He said they are an important connection to the community.

“These people do not have to be here, but they want to be here,” Klein said. “They are an outreach to our community and are dedicated to our patients. Many times they are helping their friends and neighbors.”

Carol Peterson has served as a Pink Lady for 44 years and was honored for being the longest tenured volunteer. She began her service the former Culver Union Hospital. She said being a volunteer at the hospital is enjoyable. She serves as the scheduler for the gift shop which is operated entirely by volunteers.

“The energy you feel from helping people keeps me going,” she said.

One of the newer volunteers at the hospital is Fred Fruits. He retired from R.R. Donnelley in 1999 and kept busy following grandchildren activities. However, he felt it was time to do something different and he found volunteering is rewarding.

“I felt it was time for me to start giving back,” Fruits said. “It has brought something out of me I didn’t know I had. I can honestly say it is the best thing I have ever done.”

Fruits volunteers in the surgery area as he helps patients and families get through stressful times. He said working with the local hospital staff also is a positive experience.

“The nurses I work with are great,” Fruits said.

Marcie Simpson, Franciscan Health Crawfordsville Human Resource Specialist, works daily with the volunteers. At the luncheon she expressed her appreciation for the volunteers’ dedication and service.

“We are fortunate to have very dedicated volunteers,” Simpson said. 

“We apprectiate our volunteers many of whom worked many years in their job, and now have volunteered many years at the hospital.” 

The hospital is always looking to add to its volunteer staff. Some of the volunteer opportunities include helping in the surgery area, at the information table, gift shop, registration, radiology, emergency room and other areas.

The hospital plans a volunteer reception and open house 2-4 p.m. Aug. 4. Simpson said hopes the event will bring in more volunteers.

“We are always looking for volunteers and the open house will be a good time for people to come out and learn more about volunteering at the hospital,” Simpson said.

For more information about volunteering, call Simpson at 765-364-3114.