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Antelope Valley Hospital Says “Thank You” to Volunteers

At a special volunteer appreciation banquet Thursday, Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) recognized its 500 volunteers who collectively contributed nearly 60,000 hours of service to the hospital in 2015.

“We are fortunate to have a wonderful team of volunteers who give so much of their time to care for our patients,” said John Rossfeld, chief executive officer at AVH. “Not only do they donate their time, but volunteers also run programs that raise thousands of dollars every year and have directly contributed to many improvements and enhancements throughout the hospital. The entire community benefits from their generosity.”

The celebration, held at Hellenic Center in Lancaster, included special recognition for milestone years of volunteer service, including: Jacquelyn Gunsten, 35 years; Maggie Sullivan, 30 years; Dan Beasley, Janet Fischer, Judy Ibbotson and Marsha Pedersen, 25 years; and Joseph Leath, 20 years. Recognition was also given to the volunteers who have contributed the most hours during their tenure. Those with the highest number of hours include: Judy Ibbotson and Bobbie Patton with 13,000 hours, and Lou Arnold with 12,000 hours.