Hospital honors volunteers with luncheon and ceremony

CARIBOU, Maine — Cary Medical Center volunteers and their guests were treated to lunch, musical entertainment, an awards ceremony and door prizes at the hospital’s May 10 volunteer recognition luncheon.  

Kris Doody, RN, CEO, gave an update on hospital activities and new physician arrivals and congratulated the 40 volunteers being recognized.

Four volunteers were recognized for volunteering over 2,000 total hours.  From left, with Kris Doody, RN, Pines/Cary Medical Center CEO, are, Joan Butler, 2,900 hours; Andrea Gallagher, 2,100 hours; Donna Small, 2,500 hours, and Barb Aiken, 2,900 hours.
(Courtesy of Cary Medical Center)

Nearly 60 volunteers and their guests were in attendance and enjoyed musical entertainment and a sing-a-long provided by Cary volunteers Alan and Kathy St. Peter.  

Volunteers were recognized with hours of service pins in appreciation for their accumulated, donated time.

“Our volunteers give so generously of their time to Cary’s patients, visitors and staff.   Many of our volunteers also donate time in and around Caribou and surrounding communities,” said Nancy Bergin, coordinator of volunteer services. 

Mariel Thomas, right, was recognized for volunteering a total of 4,100 hours.  Thomas is pictured with Kris Doody, RN, Pines/Cary Medical Center CEO.
(Courtesy of Cary Medical Center)

“Our wonderful volunteers help support Cary Medical Center’s culture of caring each and every day; they help define who we are at Cary.”  

Cary’s board of directors and Auxiliary members also donate an invaluable and significant amount of time to the hospital, Bergin explained.

“Volunteering is beneficial for skill development and it promotes goodness and quality of life.  Volunteering has positive benefits for the volunteer and for the person being served,” said Bergin.  “Our Cary volunteers are extraordinary people with incredibly generous hearts.

“It is an honor to work with such a caring, generous and dedicated group of individuals,” Bergin concluded.

Areas of service include the customer service desk, in-house mail room, Outpatient Rehab, Diabetes office, Speech Office, Nursing Department, Public Relations, Seniority Program, Cary Auxiliary Gift Shop, Cary Auxiliary, Maternal/Child Unit and the Jefferson Cary Oncology Center. 

While most of the volunteers reside in the immediate area, many travel from surrounding towns including Hamlin, Mapleton, New Sweden, Stockholm, Limestone, and Fort Fairfield.        

For more information on how to become a Cary Medical Center volunteer, contact Nancy Bergin,, 498-1380.  

Submitted by the Community Relations and Development Office of Cary Medical Center.

Four volunteers were recognized for volunteering 3,000 total hours or more at Cary’s volunteer recognition luncheon.  From left, Betty Ackerson, 3,200 hours; Kris Doody, RN, Pines/Cary Medical Center CEO; Claudia Hitchings, 3,600 hours, and Dot Wakem, 3,700 hours.  Not pictured is Jessie Thompson, 3,500 hours.
(Courtesy of Cary Medical Center)

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