News | Published April 23, 2018

Honoring the commitment of Mount Nittany Health volunteers

Mount Nittany Health president and CEO, Kathleen Rhine, and Meredith Thompson, present Suzanne C. DeTuerk Teen Volunteer Scholarship Awards to Kaitlin Carter (L) and Rebecca Stroschein (R).

On Friday, April 20, Mount Nittany Health hosted its annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon honoring the 669 individuals who provide more than 63,000 hours of service, in a number of patient-related and ancillary capacities across the system each year.

“Our volunteers’ kindness is infectious, and their compassion and dedication, admirable,” said Meredith Thompson, director, volunteer resources, Mount Nittany Health. “They each are a constant reminder that whether we are friends, family or strangers, we are all given the opportunity to make someone’s day. They remind me that a smile goes a long way and that we are never too busy to show one another grace and gratitude in all things, big or small.”

In addition to honoring all volunteers, a special aspect of this event is the announcement of teen volunteer scholarship recipients. To receive this prestigious award, students must be graduating in 2018 from a local high school, must have completed a minimum of 200 hours of distinguished volunteer service with Mount Nittany Health, and must be pursuing a career in healthcare from an accredited institution.

This year, Mount Nittany Health and the Mount Nittany Health Volunteer Scholarship Committee are proud to announce a lead gift to the scholarship fund, forming an endowment, from Jim DeTuerk in honor of his late wife, Suzanne, naming the endowment the Suzanne C. DeTuerk Teen Volunteer Scholarship Award.

This endowment will allow the health system to award the scholarship to as many students that meet the criteria each year for many years to come.

This year’s winners are Kaitlin Carter and Rebecca Stroschein.

Kaitlin Carter has been volunteering since January 2015, logging 200 hours to date. Currently a patient floor and Nittany Grill volunteer, Carter is looking to pursue a nursing career. Volunteering at Mount Nittany Medical Center has given her great insight into what it would be like to work in a hospital environment. Seeing all of the nurses, doctors and other hospital staff working hard and enjoying their jobs every day has been an inspiration to her. She plans to attend Lock Haven University.

Logging 323 hours to date, Rebecca Stroschein has been volunteering on patient floors since July 2015. Stroschein’s passion for healthcare began at the Medical Center, when she quickly realized the joy she gets from interacting with patients. It’s through these experiences that she realized she wants to pursue a career in the healthcare field and wants to continue to interact with people and help them in some form of their lives every day. Stroschein plans to attend The Pennsylvania State University.

Mount Nittany Health commends these young students and all volunteers for their dedication and service to help make the people of our region healthier.

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