UMass Memorial Medical Center honored its volunteers on Tuesday, April 12 during a special luncheon held at the Beechwood Hotel, Worcester. In observance of National Volunteer Week, long-time volunteers were recognized for their years and hours of service.

According to Jody Stark-Cornetta, director of Volunteer Services, last year 800 volunteers donated 84,316 hours, a significant savings to the Medical Center if employees were to assume volunteers’ duties.

“These men and women who are so giving of their time make a visit to UMass Memorial Medical Center a bit easier and more pleasant,” said Stark-Cornetta. “And, they often provide an extra set of hands relieving our staff of caregivers to do other patient-focused tasks. Our volunteers are an important part of the UMass Memorial family and we probably don’t say ‘thank you’ often enough.”

Hours of Service
• 2,000 hours: Patricia Lapierre, Auburn
• 1,000 hours:Claire Halvey, Auburn

UMass Memorial Health Care is the largest not-for-profit health care system in Central Massachusetts with more than 12,900 employees and 1,670 physicians, many of whom are members of UMass Memorial Medical Group. Our member hospitals and entities include UMass Memorial – Clinton Hospital, UMass Memorial – HealthAlliance Hospital, UMass Memorial – Marlborough Hospital, UMass Memorial Medical Center and UMass Memorial – Community Healthlink, our behavioral health agency. With our teaching and research partner, the University of Massachusetts Medical School, our extensive primary care network and our cancer, diabetes, heart and vascular, orthopedic and surgery programs, UMass Memorial delivers safe, high-quality and compassionate care.