Contact: Crossing Rivers Communications
Prairie du Chien, WI – In honor of National Volunteer Week, Crossing Rivers Health hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Open House to recognize the more than 100 individuals who volunteer in a variety of roles throughout the organization each year.
“We are so very grateful to all those who volunteer to help us make Crossing Rivers Health the best it can be,” shared Shawna Atterbury, Volunteer Services Coordinator. “The work our volunteers do is so important to the people they serve, and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts.”
Volunteers were presented with certificates for their years of service and awards were presented to individuals nominated by fellow volunteers and Crossing Rivers Health staff members in the categories of Compassion, Unity, and Joy.
Jan Weisensale was presented with the Compassion Award as a volunteer who fosters a friendly and caring environment where patients, visitors and fellow volunteers come first.
“Though having a more serious personality and being a retired RN, Jan brings a positive and pleasant manner to us. She is always encouraging as well as accepting of others. Jan is a team player and encourages trust and cooperation. She is pleasant and knowledgeable and a real star!” her nominators shared.
The Unity Award was presented to Jim Smith for being a volunteer who makes a consistent effort to encourage trust and cooperation, and frequently takes a leading role in fostering a positive and productive team spirit.
“Since 2010, Jim has served as a dedicated member of the Foundation Board of Directors. He has provided his expertise and insight as the organization’s Treasurer, has served on a number of committees, was instrumental in the capital campaign for the new hospital, and has served as the President of the Foundation Board since 2016. Jim unifies the Foundation Board and connects them to their purpose. He makes it his duty to ensure the board is informed, engaged, and fulfilled in their very important volunteer role,” expressed his nominators.
Rita Kazda was presented with the Joy Award as a volunteer who serves as a role model by skillfully using joy and humor to improve the workplace.
“Rita's smile lights up the room. No matter if it is a board meeting, gift shop, in the hall or parking lot – she is always ready with a smile and visit. Her positive energy is contagious to all around her. Rita is truly a joy to be around,” stated her nominators.
Volunteers presented with Years of Service Certificates include:
5 Years: Ginger Arms, Teresa Graham, Dick Rogers, Jimmy Jones, Tom Steiner
10 Years: Sue Rider, Dyan Winkers, Jean Blake
15 Years: Alice Kirschbaum, Alice Staples
20 Years: Pat Mulhern, Irene Schauf
25 Years: Janette Weisensale
35 Years: Brenda Jones, Ruth Hilgerson
60 Years: Deanie Kieser