Residents Honored for Volunteer Service

Hackensack Meridian HealthPalisades Medical Center confers honors

(At front middle) Beatriz Garcia of Edgewater receives a special volunteer recognition award for her 18,500 hours of volunteer service over the course of more than 20 years at Palisades Medical Center.  Pictured with Ms. Garcia are (left to right) Aaron A. Stein, MD, chief medical officer; Patricia Carroll, FACHE, chief operating officer; Joseph G. Burt, vice president / executive director of the Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center Foundation; Denise Whitley, coordinator of Volunteer Services; and Heather Veltre, MS, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer.
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(At front middle) Beatriz Garcia of Edgewater receives a special volunteer recognition award for her 18,500 hours of volunteer service over the course of more than 20 years at Palisades Medical Center.  Pictured with Ms. Garcia are (left to right) Aaron A. Stein, MD, chief medical officer; Patricia Carroll, FACHE, chief operating officer; Joseph G. Burt, vice president / executive director of the Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center Foundation; Denise Whitley, coordinator of Volunteer Services; and Heather Veltre, MS, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer.

Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center celebrated National Volunteer Week by holding a special luncheon at The Waterside in North Bergen to recognize its volunteers for their efforts.

“Our volunteers play a vital role in helping Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center provide high quality care for our community,” said Joseph Burt, vice president/executive director of the Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center Foundation. “They truly exemplify what it means to make a strong commitment to caring for our neighbors each and every day.”

More than 200 volunteers offer their time and energy in almost every department of Palisades Medical Center, including student volunteers from Academies at Englewood, Bergen County Special Services School District, Cliffside Park High School, Leonia High School, Weehawken High School and Union City High School.

During the Volunteer Recognition Luncheon, Palisades Medical Center team members gave special awards and recognition to the following local residents to recognize their cumulative hours of volunteer service:

18,500 Hours

Beatriz Garcia of Edgewater

2,500 Hours

Joan Bacon of Jersey City

1,500 Hours

Ellen Lewis of Guttenberg

1,000 Hours

Les Scharin of Guttenberg

750 Hours

Norma Manigan of Guttenberg

500 Hours

Thomas Salvia of Cresskill

Irma Schwartz of West New York

250 Hours

Franklin Argueta of West New York

Karen Gregory of Union City

100 Hours

Megan Bjelis of Ridgefield

Linda McGarry of Cliffside Park

Rondall Page of Irvington

Su Thaw of Fort Lee

Volunteer activities at Palisades Medical Center include assisting the nursing staff and patients, working in the Gift Shop, performing clerical duties, and organizing special fundraising events.  For more information or to volunteer, please call Denise Whitley, coordinator of Volunteer Services, at 201-854-5011.