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Newport Hospital Honors 262 Volunteers Who Donated 30,371 Hours of Service In 2014

Newport Hospital Shining Star Recipients
Newport Hospital presented three ‘Shining Star’ awards at the hospital’s annual volunteer recognition event. Pictured from left are: Kelly Johnson, Eric Shaw and Squall, and Nanci Stewart.

  Hospital also presented ‘Years of Service’ and ‘Shining Star’ awards

Newport Hospital recently recognized the commitment of the hospital’s 262 volunteers at an awards luncheon that highlighted volunteer accomplishments. The reception, held at the Officers’ Club at Naval Station Newport, showcased all hospital volunteers, with special attention for those reaching milestones and to those volunteers who received ‘Shining Star’ awards.

“We are truly honored to have volunteers who are so dedicated to sharing their time, as well as their talents, with our patients and staff,” said Lisa Coble, Newport Hospital’s director of volunteer services. “Each volunteer, no matter where he or she serves in the hospital, makes a positive impact on the hospital. Their hard work and dedication allow us to deliver outstanding care to our patients and the community.”

Dedication and commitment were key attributes of the recipients of the ‘Shining Star’ award. This year, three volunteers received that special honor: Eric Shaw of Newport, and his golden retriever Squall, who bring comfort to patients in the hospital’s behavioral health unit; Nanci Stewart of Newport, who volunteers three days a week at the hospital’s information desk; and Kelly Johnson of Newport, who provides assistance in the hospital’s executive administration suite. 

Volunteers recognized for their Years of Service milestones include:

  • 10-year awards -- Fran Amoruso of Middletown, Betty Shea of Newport, Toni Mills of Newport, Joan Hopper of Portsmouth and Marilyn Oglo of Portsmouth.
  • 15-year award – Mary Ellen Blass of Middletown.
  • 25-year award – Martin Kinsella of Middletown.

Volunteers at Newport Hospital serve in a number of key roles, such as: greeting patients and visitors as they enter the hospital; knitting hats for newborns; providing clerical assistance in patient units and administrative offices; transporting patients within the hospital; and staffing the gift shop.

Many volunteers also share their musical and artistic talents with patients and still others volunteer as part of the Comfort Care Team. These volunteers share massage, Reiki and other alternative therapies with patients to help alleviate their pain and enhance their well-being.

To learn more about the volunteer program at Newport Hospital or to become a volunteer, please visit or call 401-845-1635.