2012 United Hospital Fund Annual Volunteer Recognition

Three Honorees enroute; Heading to Manhattan’s Waldorf Astoria to Receive United Hospital Fund Awards.

The United Hospital Fund (UHF) annually honors auxilians and volunteers who have served a minimum of three years of service to a hospital. Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) awardees providing outstanding service to SIUH are volunteers Mary Buttermark and Rose Micallef and, service auxilian, Marie Hannafey.

Mary Buttermark of Great Kills began volunteering at SIUH North in 1986, managing the information desk, a major nerve center at any hospital.

“They are the first face you see or the first voice you hear when trying to get information about a loved one,” said Patricia Codoner, Manager of Volunteer Services, who nominated the SIUH United Hospital Fund recipients.

“Mary eagerly goes out of her way to make our visitors' experiences positive and pleasant,” said Codoner. “She handles every patient inquiry (in person or over the telephone) in a caring, professional manner.”

Mary has contributed more than 4,200 hours of service to SIUH and impacted countless lives at the hospital. In addition, Mary contributed silk floral arrangements for the revolving doors in the hospitals main lobby, making it a warm and inviting area.

Great Kills resident, Rose Micallef’s service began in March 1996 at the hospital’s South Site Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Cardiac Care Unit (CCU).

“Rose is another unsung hero at the hospital,” said Codoner. “It takes a very special person to be able to volunteer in a critical care area.” Rose exudes a sense of caring and compassion that can immediately put a person at ease even when they’re going through a tough time: qualities we cherish in our hospital.”

To date Rose has given over 5,500 hours of service to SIUH.

Marie Hannafey, Richmond Town, began her association with SIUH in 2006, and quickly became involved with the hospitals Service Auxiliary becoming a member in 2007. Marie currently serves as the Auxiliary’s corresponding secretary.

“Whenever the Auxiliary hosts a fundraiser, Marie is always the first one to volunteer her time,” said Anna Pallotta, President of the Service Auxiliary at SIUH.

As corresponding secretary, Marie catalogs all of the Auxiliaries events and acts as public relations liaison for the Staten Island Advance updating them on their events.

“Marie never stops giving; she always asks if there’s anything else that needs to be done,” said Pallotta. "We can always count on her.”

Additionally, Marie has been a hospital volunteer since 2006, contributing more than 1,300 hours of service; she currently serves in the nursing administration department at the hospital’s South Site.

The 2012 UHF Auxilian and Volunteer Achievement Awards is being held at the Waldorf Astoria New York on March 16 at 1 p.m.

The United Hospital Fund was founded by hospital trustees and other concerned New Yorkers in 1879 as an innovative approach to organizing charitable support for voluntary, nonprofit hospitals in New York City and to help solve shared problems.

The United Hospital Fund established the Hospital Auxilian and Volunteer Achievement Award in 1994 to focus the attention of the healthcare community and the public on noteworthy efforts by private citizens to further the mission and goals of hospitals in New York City. The Fund's goal is to honor one auxilian and one volunteer from each of its beneficiary hospitals as well as the hospitals of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.

Christian Preston
Public Relations Manager
Staten Island University Hospital
360 Seaview Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305
(718) 226-2489

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