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St. Elizabeth Medical Center Honors Volunteers

April 13, 2014

Pictured left to right are: St. Elizabeth Volunteer Director Grace DeFazio Bouse, Helen Kennerknecht, Patricia Fletcher and President/CEO Scott H. Perra.

St. Elizabeth Medical Center has named Patricia Fletcher of Washington Mills Volunteer of the Year. Helen Kennerknecht of New Hartford received the St. Elizabeth Guild’s Eleanor Nelson Award, named for an active, former Guild member who passed away many years ago.

The two top volunteers were announced at the Medical Center’s annual Volunteer Breakfast on Friday, April 11, where special recognition pins were awarded to 47 people who have each logged from 100 to 46,000 hours of volunteer service. Barb Tocco, Day Habilitation Director, Arc Oneida-Lewis Chapter on Arnold Ave., was the guest speaker. The event’s theme was "Volunteers Make a World of Difference.”

“The Medical Center volunteers provide us with a great example of what people do to help their neighbors and this organization,” said Scott H. Perra, FACHE, president/CEO. “Those who give of their time and talents perform many tasks that we may not otherwise be able to provide. With the many challenges in healthcare today, St. Elizabeth’s volunteers are invaluable.”

Patricia Fletcher has been a volunteer for 19 years and has performed over 3,700 hours of service to the Medical Center. She currently volunteers in the Quality Management Department, where she maintains credentialing files and initiates files for new staff members and physicians.

She is also a member of SEMC’s Patient and Family Advisory Council, the Professional Advisory Committee for St. Elizabeth Home Care and has served on the SEMC Foundation’s Lights of Love remembrance service and candle-lighting planning committees.

“In addition to her time at St. Elizabeth, Mrs. Fletcher also volunteers with Hospice and Abraham House,” said Grace Bouse, director of volunteers. “She was previously an employee of the Medical Center for over 35 years, and served as Director of Nursing.” She has four grown children, 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Helen Kennerknecht has volunteered at SEMC for more than 23 years, accumulating over 7,346 hours of service. “She has been active in the Guild Bargain Shop, the Fashion Show, the Pillow Ladies group, Volunteer Office, Country Store and Christmas bazaar,” noted Mrs. Bouse. “She also made seven doll houses and dressed many dolls for various Guild fund-raising events.”

Miss Kennerknecht was a licensed practical nurse at the former Utica State Hospital for 35 years, is a member of St. John the Evangelist Church and a recipient of the Mother Lavender Award. She is a violinist who played with the Utica Symphony Orchestra, the Yesterday Senior Ensemble and is a member of the Utica Chamber Orchestra.

100 Hour Pin
Axel, Peggy
Bedell, Brandon
Carlson, Amy
Ciccolella, Thomas
Ferrara, Laurie
Hubbard, Debra
Khan, Alina
Mahar, Marie
Miller, Melanie
Russell, Carol
Williams, Katelyn
Wolfanger, Daniel
Zbytniewski, Rita
Zumpano, Barbara
Arc of Oneida-Lewis Chapter,
Kirkland Day Habilitation

Kakuturi, Vishnu
Kirkpatrick, Ann
Madore, Anna
Meyer, Eve Marie
Peeling, Jessica
Randazzo, Catherine
Scates, Angel
Wilczek, Donna
Byrd, Mary
Foresti, Mary Joan
George, Lani
Goddard, James
Hammond, Diane
Pettinato, Anthony
Saint-Amour, Jean
Slocum, Karen
Smith, Sharon
Vermeulen, Sandra
Harrington, Helen
Norbin, Lila
Carroll, Joan
Kurtyka, Linda
Wroblewski, Doris
Hauck, Barbara
Nunziata, Carole
Rice, Shirley
Schug, Norma
Napoli, Mary
Gaffney, Emily
Gigliotti, Genevieve
Arc of Oneida-Lewis Chapter,
Arnold Ave Day Habilitation
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