Nursing home auxiliary honored

GLOVERSVILLE — With 77 members and over 11,000 hours, the Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home Auxiliary were honored at a luncheon May 9.

According to a news release, the auxiliary provided volunteer hours serving Littauer patients, nursing home residents and visitors, maintained and ran the hospital gift shop, organized and facilitated blood drives, the annual Tree of Lights ceremony, the hospital Reflection Garden, the annual Card Game and Party, knit newborn baby hats and delivered U.S. flags to veterans who were patients, and many other volunteer activities.

In the luncheon held at Raindancer Restaurant in Perth, the auxilians and volunteers were recognized by Littauer President and CEO, Laurence Kelly, who praised the group for their monumental efforts.

Littauer Director of Volunteer Services, Susan McNeil also praised the volunteers.

“When you volunteer, you are making a commitment to share that most precious of resources, your time, and you have made life better for those who are in need,” McNeil said. “Your volunteerism is recognized, appreciated, valued and cherished.”

New York state has more than 75,000 healthcare auxilians who initiate, fund, and volunteer for a wide variety of patient and family care services—from outpatient clinics to intensive care units. They sponsor community health fairs, health screenings, blood banks, and wellness lecture series; raise funds for hospital and nursing home equipment; and organize and underwrite outreach programs in their communities.

By Kerry Minor

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