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Published on April 19, 2012

Volunteers honored for nearly 26,000 hours of services

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MONTEREY, Calif. — Volunteers who provided nearly 26,000 hours of service for Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in 2011 are being honored at a luncheon on Saturday, the final day of National Volunteer Week.

Two volunteers, Roy Lorenz and Brian Kelly, are receiving special recognition for their many years of service.

Lorenz joined the Auxiliary in 1993 and has logged 20,000 hours of service — one of only eight people to do so in the organization’s 57-year history. Lorenz retired after a 41-year career in human resources, primarily at McCormick, the spice company. He has filled a range of roles with the Auxiliary, as an officer and in various areas of service. He currently volunteers in surgery services. Lorenz is also a founding member of the choral group I Cantori and has been in every one of its concerts in its 30-year history.

Kelly is marking his 30th anniversary as a volunteer with Hospice of the Central Coast. He went through hospice volunteer training in 1982 and has served in patient care, bereavement, and Community Hospital’s chaplaincy program. He served on the board of directors of Hospice of the Central Coast and was a founding member of the board of Hospice Foundation. Since his retirement in 1983 as an operating manager for Granite Construction, he has been a full-time community volunteer, working not only with hospice but also assisting in the preservation projects of the Carmel, San Juan Bautista, and San Antonio missions.

Lorenz and Kelly are among more than 1,000 area residents who volunteer each year with Community Hospital through the Auxiliary, Hospice of the Central Coast, the Comprehensive Cancer Center, Chaplain Services, and the Therapy Dog Program. They provide a broad range of services to patients and their families and friends, and to hospital staff.  Their roles include greeting visitors at the main entrance, working in the Comforts gift shop and Fountain Court Café, escorting patients at the Outpatient Surgery Center and Carol Hatton Breast Care Center, providing respite to caregivers, visiting patients at the hospital or at Westland House with specially trained dogs, staffing the hospital lecture series, and providing grief counseling to those who have lost loved ones.

“Our volunteers provide vital services to our patients, their families, and our staff every day,” says Dr. Steven Packer, president/CEO. “We are grateful for all they do. Their work is meaningful to those they serve and we believe it is meaningful to the volunteers themselves.”

The volunteers are being honored Saturday at Community Hospital’s annual Spring Volunteer Luncheon at the Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach. To learn about volunteer opportunities with Community Hospital, please go online to www.chompvolunteer.org

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ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 207 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, Peninsula Wellness Center, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, and business offices. Find more information about Community Ho