Penn Highlands Clearfield volunteer lunch

Penn Highlands Clearfield hosted a luncheon in April in the hospital cafeteria to acknowledge its volunteers who make a difference at the hospital every day. Volunteers work in many capacities throughout the hospital and the community.

CLEARFIELD — Penn Highlands Clearfield hosted a luncheon in April to acknowledge its volunteers who make a difference at the hospital every day.

“Without our volunteers, our hospital would not be what it is today,” Rhonda Halstead, president of PH Clearfield, said.

“The Volunteer Program has evolved throughout the years, but the thing that hasn’t changed is that every volunteer always wears a smile and helps to be the backbone of this organization,” Ginny Johnson, Penn Highlands Clearfield Auxiliary president, explained.

At PH Clearfield, volunteers can be found in many places. Some volunteer directly with patients and visitors at the information desk, the registration area near the Emergency Department or at the Nathaniel D. Yingling MD Cancer Center. They take the comfort cart around to patient floors and escort visitors to various areas of the hospital. Some work behind the scenes in clerical areas folding letters or organizing papers.

The PH Clearfield Auxiliary is made up completely of volunteers who organize fundraisers and oversee The Cottage, a gift shop within the hospital.

And for PH Community Nurses Hospice, volunteers visit with patients when families need a hand, and they work behind the scenes helping organize or with clerical tasks.

At the luncheon, the volunteers gathered and shared stories of the invaluable time they have spent supporting Penn Highlands Clearfield and the community, Mary McCullough, Human Resources coordinator at PH Clearfield, said.

“This was only a small token of thanks for our volunteers making a huge difference – or as the note on their mugs said – a mug-a difference.”

If anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer, contact McCullough at 768-2413.