Joe Rudisill, Chief Operating Officer, Elizabeth Celia, 5 Star Recipient, Nancy McCann, 1 Star Recipient, Ted Zapolski, 5 Star Recipient, Dorothy Cassels, 1 Star Recipient, Midge Nelson, 5 Star Recipient, and Donna Owen Manager Volunteer Services.

Tampa Bay/Hudson, FL - Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has announced the recipients of its first quarter volunteer Star Awards. The awards were presented on Friday, April 28 in the Shoreline Cafeteria at RMCBP. Five Star Honor Volunteers include Elizabeth Celia, Midge Nelson, and Ted Zapolski. Dorothy Cassels and Nancy McCann were recognized with the One Star Award.

Elizabeth Celia has been volunteering for over two years and has 4,600 hours of service. She helps on special projects and has served as chairperson for comfort carts and is currently a courier and helps make heart pillows for patients. "Elizabeth has an outgoing personality that is always welcomed by patients, visitors, staff and fellow workers," said Volunteer Manager Donna Owen. "She is dedicated and her service here exemplifies one who is concerned for the comfort and welfare of others. Her interaction with visitors, patients, staff and her peers sets the example for what our hospital is all about - service and compassion," she added.

Ted Zapoliski has been a volunteer for over three years with 1,200 hours of service as a courier. He has a reputation for being always available when needed and never fails to show up for his two shifts per week arriving early, appropriately dressed, and eager to begin work with a smile on his face. "Ted is always courteous, strikes up friendly conversations with patients and families to make their stay with us a memorable and enjoyable experience," said Volunteer Manager Donna Owen.

Dorothy Cassels has been volunteering since 2007 in the CSU waiting room and the CPRU waiting rooms. She has accumulated 1,600 hours of service. "Dorothy has a smile for everyone and is helpful to all; she is a very caring person and constantly thinking of the people in her waiting area - making sure that they are comfortable or checking to make sure if they are in need of anything," said Donna Owen, Volunteer Manager.

Nancy McCann has been a volunteer since October of 2000 and has over 3,600 hours of service working in the hospital's gift shop. She has a reputation for politeness and courtesy with customers and excels in customer service skills. She is relied on to maintain the very important job of maintaining the flower arrangements for sale in the gift shop. "Nancy is a dedicated volunteer who when asked is willing to help substitute if available," said Donna Owen. "She is reliable and is one of the reasons why the gift shop runs smoothly," she added.

Midge Nelson has been a volunteer at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point for six years and has accumulated 2,500 hours of service as a courier. "She demonstrates a dedication and initiative that is praise worthy," said Volunteer Manager Donna Owen. "Her friendliness and helpfulness to visitors, patients and staff shows through her smile for everyone she meets." Midge has been witnessed on assigned shifts as a courier greeting patients and visitors at the welcome center and escorting them to hospital destinations. She has a reputation for being counted on to take on extra open shifts when other team members are unable to make their assignments.