We are proud to share that York Hospital volunteers Sue Patterson and Neal Sherman were honored December 23rd at the York District Public Health Council Volunteer Awards Ceremony. Sue was nominated by Sally Manninen, YH’s Choose To Be Healthy Coalition director, who stated in her application: “Sue continues to volunteer with the coalition even though she has been happily retired for several years! She helps plan and host meetings and participates in events related to improving the public health system in Maine. We count on Sue to help make all of our big events run smoothly. In particular, she has played a key role, for many years, in the success of the hospital’s annual ‘Adopt-a-holiday family’event where we match over 50 families with teams of hospital staff who make their holidays brighter. Sue also volunteers on a committee that raises funds for young people who want to get into healthcare. And, she volunteers at her local library. Thank you, Sue Patterson!”

Kate Ford, YH Director of Volunteer Services, nominated Neal Sherman for this award, saying: “Over the past several years, Neal Sherman has been part of the York Hospital volunteer meal delivery team in our Dining and Nutrition department. The meal delivery part of the program is volunteer based and Neal delivers meals three times a week to folks living in Kittery and Eliot. He is also part of the YH Bridges Program where he checks in on a weekly basis to York Hospital patients in their homes who live in Kittery and North Berwick. Neal helps them with groceries or errands. What sets Neal apart from other volunteers is his willingness to step in when someone isn’t able to come in; or run an errand for someone last minute; or work an event needing extra hands. Neal’s partner, Rich Stevens, is also a YH volunteer and has worked with Neal on numerous occasions. For example, Rich volunteers his time and expertise helping patients with Medicare enrollment, building a budget, working to pay bills or preparing their taxes. While working with one patient, Rich noticed that she may benefit from help with groceries. He introduced her to Neal and Neal now checks in weekly to do her groceries. Both Neal and Rich exemplify what it means to give back.”

Congratulations to Sue Patterson and Neal Sherman on being recognized for their service to the community. York Hospital depends on the generosity of spirit of people like Sue, Neal, Rich, and our other volunteers who help us fulfill our mission to provide the best patient experiences in an environment of loving kindness. Kudos and our heartfelt gratitude to all YH volunteers!