Rhode Island, Hasbro Children’s Hospitals Name Volunteers of the Year in Surprise Ceremonies

July 15, 2020

​ RI Hospital Volunteer of the Year Alex Richard is pictured with Manager of Volunteer Services Adrianne Walsh and RIH President John Murphy, MD ​
Rhode Island Hospital Volunteer of the Year Alex Richard with Manager of Volunteer Services Adrianne Walsh and RIH President John Murphy, MD ​

Hasbro Children's Hospital Volunteer of the Year David DiNobile with Lifespan staff
Hasbro Children's Hospital Volunteer of the Year David DiNobile with (L-R) Director of Clinical Social Work Theresa Jenner, Program Coordinator Ellen Scotto-Bourget and Manager of Volunteer Services Adrianne Walsh

Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children’s Hospital recently named their 2019 Volunteers of the Year, an honor typically bestowed at an annual volunteer breakfast, but done with a creative twist this year, due to COVID-19.
The 2019 Volunteers of the Year were Cranston resident Alex Richard for Rhode Island Hospital and Johnston resident David DiNobile for Hasbro Children’s Hospital.  Both Richard and DiNobile received their awards in surprise ceremonies held outdoors utilizing social distancing.  
“Volunteers work throughout the organization and contribute countless hours we could not replace, and they add a spirit to the place that is really very special,” said Rhode Island Hospital President John B. Murphy, M.D. “The volunteer program is one of our most important resources because of people like Alex and David who donate their time assisting our staff and visitors. I am grateful for their contributions and those of our volunteers at large, as they have a significant positive impact on the culture of our organization.”
Richard was asked to report to the volunteer office at the hospital for an assignment, where he was escorted to a surprise sidewalk ceremony and presented a plaque by Dr. Murphy. A Bishop Hendricken graduate and recent graduate of University of Notre Dame, Richard will begin medical school in the fall at University of Massachusetts. He began volunteering four years ago as a high school student and has contributed  nearly 1500 hours, primarily in the adult emergency department where he staffs the family assistance desk.
DiNobile was surprised by a group of Volunteer Services staff at his home in Johnston, aided by his wife Diane D. DiNobile, who gathered friends and family on their lawn, and several more by video conference, for the presentation. DiNobile, a retired North Providence firefighter, has volunteered more than 1300 hours over 9 years. He primarily serves as an ambassador at the Hasbro entrance, but has gladly filled in wherever he is needed.
“Both these honorees demonstrate the best of our volunteers, going above and beyond,” said Adrianne Walsh, manager of volunteer services. “They are a friendly face to our patients, and a tremendous support to our staff. We’re incredibly proud of Alex, moving on to medical school, and so grateful to David who has sought out this special way to continue his lifelong ethic of helping people, in his retirement.”
In 2019, 614 volunteers contributed more than 38,000 hours to Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
A video of the surprise events for the two recipients can be viewed here.

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