Recognition Event Held for Mid Coast Hospital Volunteers

Shannon Coray, Mid Coast Hospital Director of Volunteer Services (left) and Lois Skillings, President and CEO of Mid Coast–Parkview Health (right) present the 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award to Rosemary Anderson.

Mid Coast Hospital honored more than 458 volunteers at a recognition dinner and awards ceremony held September 21 at Mid Coast Hospital. In 2017, the volunteers at Mid Coast contributed more than 46,600 hours of time, helping to support the hospital in delivering high-quality healthcare to patients and families.

At the event, long-time volunteer Rosemary (Ro) Anderson received the Millie Stewart, Volunteer of the Year Award.

"Rosemary sets a high standard of volunteerism that provides inspiration for her fellow volunteers to follow,” said Shannon Coray, Mid Coast Hospital Director of Volunteer Services. "We are so grateful for her and all of the volunteers who help us each and every day to extend our mission of caring for the health of this region.”

Anderson began volunteering at Mid Coast Hospital on the Information Desk in November 2003 and has donated 3,474 hours of her time. Having just moved to the area from Cincinnati, so far from friends and family, she needed a reason to get up and out of the house in the morning.

"Volunteering at Mid Coast Hospital provided for me a community of caring, sensitive, and generous souls when I truly had none. In short, it is the best thing that ever happened to me,” Anderson commented.

Over time, Anderson expanded her duties to the Transport Team and the Palliative Care Program. She and her husband, Eric, regularly volunteer at the hospital on Thanksgiving and Christmas where they assist the café in serving holiday meals to hard-working staff, hospital visitors, and those in need of a meal.

"These meals have been the highlights of our holidays,” she commented.

"We are very lucky to have so many deserving recipients of this annual recognition,” said Coray. "I am fortunate to have a team of such dedicated and hardworking volunteers who continuously go the extra mile to provide compassion and support to our patients, staff, and visitors.”

From visiting with patients to working in the gift shop, café, and fundraising events, Mid Coast¬ Hospital volunteers are often working in positions that may otherwise need to be paid. Volunteers help to reduce the cost of healthcare, while allowing the organization to deliver high-quality, compassionate care.

There are many volunteer openings available at Mid Coast Hospital and throughout Mid Coast–Parkview Health. There are also opportunities to support important hospital projects by joining the fundraising efforts of the Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary. More information is available at or by calling (207) 373-6015.