Twin Cities Community Hospital Volunteers Receive Recognition & Scholarships 
 

TEMPLETON, CA (August 13, 2012) – Several key members of Twin Cities Community Hospital Volunteers, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving Twin Cities Community Hospital, received public recognition recently in return for their long-term dedication to serving the hospital.

Twin Cities Community Hospital volunteer veteran Edie Lewis received a Certificate of Recognition from Vicki Janssen, District Director for the 33rd District Assemblymember Katcho Achadjian, for her for 35 years of volunteer work at Twin Cities.

“Like all student and adult volunteers here, [Lewis] is a very giving, loving and caring person,” said Wilma Breig, Twin Cities Community Hospital Volunteers President, explaining that Lewis has served the hospital since its inception. “Our volunteers’ work enables the hospital staff to dedicate more valuable one-on-one time with the patients.”

Additionally, Twin Cities Community Hospital Volunteers awarded three students with scholarships as part of their annual Senior Student Volunteer Scholarship Program. Student Volunteer Ashley Levanduski received the Judy Parker Scholarship for $3,000, while Student Volunteers Michael Mnatsakanian and Justin Sigmund received $2,500 each for completing the volunteer program.   

Each year, Twin Cities Community Hospital Volunteers award approximately $9,000 in scholarship moneys to student volunteers entering college. Funds for the Senior Student Volunteer Scholarship Program come from profits from the volunteer-run hospital gift shop. The gift shop profits also benefit the endowment fund at Cuesta College in Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo.

“There are many jobs our students and volunteers do for the hospital—from patient services to running the front desk or stocking supplies in the emergency room—to give the nurses and entire hospital staff more time to give care to the patients,” says Breig.

Breig explains that the Student Volunteer Program requires students to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and volunteer a minimum of 120 hours to the hospital; however, she notes that most put in more hours (on average, 200-300 hours), and most senior students completing the program demonstrate GPAs higher than 4.0.

“We have a very dedicated group of students,” Breig says. “The program gives them an opportunity to work in a hospital setting and see how it works – it’s a great learning experience.”

For more information about how to volunteer and be a student volunteer or mentor, contact Sandy Short, Membership Chairman of the Twin Cities Community Hospital Volunteers at sandy.short@tenethealth.com.

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