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St. Elizabeth’s Hospital volunteer Corinne Hansen to receive Govener's Volunteer Service Award

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital volunteer Corinne Hansen to receive Govener's Volunteer Service Award

Belleville, IL – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service has awarded St. Elizabeth’s Hospital volunteer Corinne Hansen the 2013 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for her ongoing work at the hospital. A formal ceremony will be held at the Executive Mansion in Springfield, IL on April 18, 2013.

The awards recognize individual volunteers through a statewide award program to highlight the importance of volunteerism and community service in the State of Illinois. The categories include Individual Awards for one youth and one adult, a National Service Award, and a Business Volunteer Engagement Award. The Serve Illinois Commission uses criteria of need, innovation, impact and sustainability to judge nominations.

A resident of Belleville, Hansen has been volunteering at St. Elizabeth’s since 2010 and has been a perfect fit with the organization ever since.
Carol Lawrence, Volunteer Services Coordinator, nominated Hansen for this prestigious award and noted, “Corinne is one of our most generous volunteers. We are very fortunate to have her in our ministry empowering and inspiring others through her commitment to the hospital.”
Hansen participates in several projects to improve patient satisfaction including hand crocheted new born hat giveaways for newborns, prayer shawls for Pastoral Care staff to give to patients undergoing treatment or during hospice, and eye glass cases for patients.She is the Vice-President of the Auxiliary Volunteers, a member of the hospital’s JOY Committee, and is currently being trained by Clinical Education to develop processes for a “Volunteer Rounding” program for volunteers to start visiting patients who may otherwise not get any visitors.

“As a non-profit, faith-based hospital, Corinne and all our volunteers are invaluable to allowing St. Elizabeth’s to continue its mission to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love,” stated Natalie Jablonski, Director of Philanthropy and Volunteer Services. “Corinne furthers our healing ministry and commitment to compassionate care through her inspirational ability to spread joy to everyone she encounters.”

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