‘Angels’ make a difference

1,000 HOURS OF SERVICE — Susan Durgin has been recognized for 1,000 hours of service as a Volunteer Angel at Bridgton Hospital. She is pictured here with (left) Dick Mayo, Human Resources assistant, and John Ludwig, vice president for Administration.

500 HOURS OF SERVICE — Frank Verhoorn, right, was recently recognized for 500 hours of service as a Volunteer Angel at Bridgton Hospital. He is pictured with June Gabriel, Plant Operations Department manager.

Bridgton Hospital recently recognized Susan Durgin of Bridgton and Frank Verhoorn of Denmark for their commitment to the Volunteer Angel program at the hospital.

Mrs. Durgin was recognized for reaching the milestone of 1,000 hours of volunteering as an “Angel” in the Human Resouces Department at the hospital. Dick Mayo, Human Resources assistant, and John Ludwig, vice president for Administration, presented her a summer herb planter and 1,000- hour volunteer pin.

Mr. Verhoorn was recognized for reaching the 500-hour milestone in volunteering as an “Angel” in the Plant Operations Department. June Gabriel, department manager, and Mr. Ludwig, presented the 500- hour pin and herb garden to Mr. Verhoorn.

The Volunteer Angel Corps is the in-hospital adult volunteer organization for the hospital. Pam Smith, Director of Development and Community Relations, is the coordinator for the program. She notes that, “Volunteer Angels are required to submit an application, attend an in-depth orientation, sign a confidentiality statement and agree to a background check. In addition, due to the time required to ready a volunteer for working in the hospital, they are asked to agree to volunteer for a year.”

Each Volunteer Angel is readily visible when working as they wear either green or salmon colored jackets, vest or smocks, monogrammed with the Volunteer Angel name.

Adults interested in volunteering in the program should contact Mrs. Smith at 647- 6055.

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