Smiths Falls, ON –  The smile that greets you at the door, a helping hand in the Day Surgery Clinic, a cheerful presence as you browse the gift shop; all of these and many, many more are the faces of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital volunteers.  Many faces, many caring jobs and many caring souls.   On Thursday, April 21, 2010, the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital hosted its annual Volunteer Appreciation Tea to recognize the contributions the more than 150 volunteers that make as valued members of our healthcare team.

There are over 200 people who generously give the gift of their time, skill, energy and kindness to patients and staff of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital.  Each year, volunteers of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital contribute a combined total of approximately 25,000 hours to the two sites and its patients.

“It is hard to say enough about these lovely people,” says Tim Carter, Chair, Hospital Board of Directors.  “What they (the volunteers) do is extraordinary.  The annual appreciation tea is our way of thanking our volunteers for their extraordinary gift of time and kindness.

The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital’s reliance on volunteers of all kinds who give countless hours of their time to ensure the highest quality of care for patients through their hardwork, compassion and dedication and the invaluable support that complements the work of our staff is most certainly appreciated.

“Our volunteers’ contributions are vast and diverse,” said Todd Stepanuik, President & CEO.  “Volunteers are an essential part of our healthcare team and I would like to take this opportunity to extend my personal heartfelt thanks to each and every one of our many volunteers for their unwavering commitment to improving healthcare and the lives of others.” Our committed force of 200+ volunteers are the perfect embodiment of community spirit and selfless giving.”

Jackie Staples, President, SFCH Auxiliary commented, “The Smiths Falls Community Hospital Auxiliary would like to compliment the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital on the lovely luncheon they were treated to on April 21.  Everyone felt very special and appreciated.”

Linda Bisonette, VP Patient Care & CNO notes, quite simply, the hospital could not do what we do without our volunteers. Our volunteers are a vital link between the hospital and the community, and their contributions are vitally important to the patient care experience.”

People interested in volunteering at the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital are encouraged to go to the hospital website ,, or call the Human Resources department at either site.

For more information contact:
Todd Stepanuik
President & CEO
Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital
613-283-2330 ext:1130

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