DOVER -- Volunteers donated more than 21,000 total hours of service to Union Hospital in 2012. That remarkable record was honored recently at the hospital's annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at Dutch Valley Restaurant in Sugarcreek. The event honored the 142 adult and teen volunteers who donated their time and talents to the hospital during the past year.

Kathy Willoughby, volunteer services manager at UH, commended the volunteers for their commitment and dedication to the hospital.

"Volunteers add greatly to the hospital's mission of quality care. They work for our patients, our hospital staff, and support each other with selfless dedication and generosity," Willoughby said.

Willoughby called up two volunteers for special recognition. Cathy Leigl of Dover was honored for her 43 years of service to the hospital while Betty Menegay of Dover was thanked for her 45 years of volunteer activity.

Service award pins were presented to volunteers who reached milestones in 2012. The group was led by Linnie Dunlap of Uhrichsville who received her 7,000 hour pin. Achieving 5,000 hours of total service were Marc Maurer and Verma Lorenz, both of New Philadelphia.

Reaching 3,000 service hours was Linda Hayman of Dover.

Pins for 2,000 service hours were awarded to Barb Braden, Barb Gennert, and Mary Pat McQuillan, all of Dover.

Honored for reaching 1,000 hours of lifetime service in 2012 were Ella Beachy and JoAnn Lockwood of Dover, Lacie Hoffman of Dellroy, Adena Myers of Strasburg, and from New Philadelphia Jim Picchetti, Eileen Ren, Christine Tegtmeier, John Tegtmeier, Serena Thurin, and Mary Tucker.

Receiving pins for 500 hours of service were Dave Baker and Mary Warfield of New Philadelphia, Rosemary Merrin of Newcomerstown, and Dot Stingel of Dover.