Officials at Antelope Valley Hospital hosted a special volunteer appreciation banquet to recognize 500 volunteers who collectively contributed about 60,000 hours of service to the medical facility in 2015.

The celebration was held at the Hellenic Center in Lancaster and included special recognition for “milestone years” of volunteer service. The honorees included Jacquelyn Gunsten (35 years); Maggie Sullivan (30 years); Dan Beasley, Janet Fischer, Judy Ibbotson and Marsha Petersen (25 years each) and Joseph Leath (20 years).

“We are fortunate to have a wonderful team of volunteers who give so much of their time to care for our patients,” said John Rossfeld, chief executive officer at Antelope Valley Hospital. “Not only do they donate their time, but volunteers also run programs that raise thousands of dollars every year and have directly contributed to many improvements and enhancements throughout the hospital. The entire community benefits from their generosity.”

The hospital relies on these and other volunteers to support staff as greeters, visiting with and escorting patients and their families, distributing comfort items, filing and organizing, and managing the facility’s pet therapy program. Also, more than 30 chaplains regularly donate their time each month to provide pastoral counseling.

For more details about the Antelope Valley Hospital volunteer program, call (661) 949-5105.