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Bridgeport Hospital Salutes Longtime Volunteers

Five volunteers (from left) Virginia Rogers, Linda Meola and Ann Cucak, all from Stratford, Flor Soto of Bridgeport, and (not pictured) Sharon Lisko of Fairfield, received a special award for outstanding service in the hospital’s Endoscopy Suite.
Five volunteers (from left) Virginia Rogers, Linda Meola and Ann Cucak, all from Stratford, Flor Soto of Bridgeport, and (not pictured) Sharon Lisko of Fairfield, received a special award for outstanding service in the hospital’s Endoscopy Suite. Photo Credit: Bridgeport Hospital

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Bridgeport Hopsital recently honored 40 volunteers and auxiliary members for achieving service milestones of 100 to 18,500 hours during the hospital's annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at Testo’s Restaurant in Bridgeport.

“Your routine is our big experience, our big event,” Chief Nursing Officer MaryEllen Kosturko told the volunteers on hand. “You remind us what patient- and family-centered care means. We could not do what we do at the frontline of patient care without you.”

Five Endoscopy Suite volunteers – Ann Cucak, Sharon Lisko, Linda Meola, Ginny Rogers and Flor Soto – received a special achievement award for outstanding service.

“They come to the hospital with a smile and positive attitude and provide unconditional support,” said Nurse Manager Holly Brancato.

Hospital volunteers contributed more than 27,000 hours during the past year, said Director of Patient Experience and Volunteer Services Dan Walsh.

Leading the way with most lifetime hours include Joan Crossman with 18,500, Anne Lussen with 14,000 and Gina Ryan with 13,500.

“You help humanize the care we provide,” said President and CEO Bill Jennings. “You remind us that every patient is a person and every person is important to us.”

Bridgeport Hospital, part of Yale New Haven Health System, is a 383-bed acute care hospital (plus 42 beds licensed to Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital) serving parts of Fairfield and New Haven counties.

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