DOVER -- Acknowledging them "the warm and caring face of Union Hospital," Bruce James, president and CEO acknowledged the service accomplishments of Union Hospital's Volunteers at last evening's Volunteer Service Awards dinner at the Carlisle Inn at Sugarcreek recently.

Kathy Willoughby, manager of Volunteer Services, thanked the hospitals 125 adult and teen volunteers for their donation of more than 20,000 hours of service to the hospital in 2015.

"You give generously of your time and talents, adding so much to Union Hospital's ability to give compassionate care to our patients and their families," Willoughby said.

James Knisely, chairman of the UH Board of Trustees, thanked the Volunteers as well, noting the tremendous value of their donated time to the hospital. He and James assisted Willoughby with presentation of pins to the Volunteers who achieved service milestones in hours served over the past year.

Among the top honorees of the evening was Mary Blickensderfer of Dover who was presented the Helen Hostetler Lifetime Achievement Award. The honor is bestowed on Union Hospital Volunteers who reach 25 years of service or 10,000 total service hours.

Receiving a pin for a total of 11,000 hours of service was Emmajane Dupler of Dover. Willoughby noted that Emma Jane has served as a Union Hospital Volunteer for 38 years and recently "retired" from active service.

An award for 7,000 service hours went to Dan Pompey while 6,000 hour pins were presented to Shirley Grafe and Verma Lorenz, all of New Philadelphia.

For 4,000 hours of service a pin was presented to Mary Blickensderfer of Dover while Dover residents Linda Bertle and Barbara Braden were honored for 3,000 hours of service.

Receiving pins for 2,000 total service hours were Eileen Ren and Nancy Zifer of New Philadelphia, JoAnn Lockwood of Dover, Lacie Hoffman of Dellroy and Lynn Zehnder of Strasburg.

Recognized for 1,000 service hours were Dover residents Ruth Ann Berry and Jo Lowery, New Philadelphia residents Nancy Zifer, John Geisinger and Peggy Trolio, and Lynn Zehnder of Strasburg.

First service award pins for 500 total hours were presented to Sharon Bagozzi of Sherrodsville and Doreen Ley, both of Dover.

Volunteers at Union Hospital donated a total of 20,713 hours of service in 2015. They work at the Information Desk, Corner Shop, Surgery Reception room, South Lobby, deliver hospital mail, and work in many departments of the hospital assisting patients and hospital staff.

Those interested in learning more about becoming a Union Hospital volunteer may contact Kathy Willoughby, manager of Volunteer Services by calling her at 330- 364-0833.