Judy Saladino of Dover received the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Award for 2012 for her service to Bayhealth Kent General. The award was presented at the annual service awards dinner held on Oct. 25 in Dover.
Saladino has volunteered at Bayhealth Kent General since January 2008, and has contributed more than 833 hours of her time.
“Judy willingly volunteers for whatever project needs to be accomplished, has fun doing it, and makes it fun for those with whom she volunteers,” said Terry Schrenker, MS, PHR, Bayhealth Senior Manager, Volunteers. “Often in life it is the little kindnesses that make a difference, and that is especially true for hospitalized patients.”
Saladino makes a difference in the lives of hospitalized patients by serving as a Meal Mates Volunteer in two nursing units, twice a week, at Kent General Hospital. She begins her shift by distributing hot cloths to patients so they can wash up before their lunches are delivered. She then returns to each patient room to ensure the bedside table and food tray are within easy reach of the patient. Next, she offers assistance with various tasks, such as cutting up food, opening milk or juice containers, or reheating food if needed.
In addition to service as a Meal Mates Volunteer, Saladino coordinates and participates in an ongoing monthly project to prepare an informational packet given to every patient admitted to a Bayhealth facility. She manages a group of volunteers that meets monthly to collate and assemble this packet, which Joint Commission requires every admitted patient receive.
The Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Awards are sponsored by the Office of the Governor, Delaware Health and Social Services, the Division of State Service Centers, the State Office of Volunteerism, as well as the Governor’s Commission on Community and Volunteer Service.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please visit our www.bayhealth.org/volunteer.