Hudson, Florida (November 6, 2015) - Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has announced the recipients of its third quarter volunteer Star Awards. The awards were presented on October 30 at the Rao Musunuru, MD Conference Center on the hospital campus. Five Star honored volunteers included Donna Barnard, Edward Cleaver and Sonja Zapka. Janice Shortt was recognized with the One Star Award.

DONNA BARNARD has been a volunteer at RMCBP since 2007 and has achieved 1,842 hours of service. She volunteers every Friday morning in the surgical waiting room, and has a reputation for being helpful to families of patients in surgery. "She often gives words of comfort and engages them in conversation," said Donna Owen, Manager of Volunteer Services. "She works every week and very seldom takes time off; she is a pleasure to work with," she added.

ED CLEAVER has been volunteer since 2013 and already has a total of 2,502 hours. His volunteering involves two departments: Pastoral care and courtesy carts. He has a reputation for faithfulness and staying until the job is completed. As a pastoral care volunteer he sees that each patient to whom he is assigned is visited or prayed for. He volunteers for extra shifts and fills in when there is an opening in the schedule. Ed is also a substitute courtesy cart driver and "he gives more than just a ride to the patients and visitors. He gives them words of encouragement and quality service. His kindness and caring is an example to all," said Donna Owen.

SONJA ZAPKA has been a volunteer at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point since 2008 and has a total of 3,263 hours. Sonja is chairperson of the surgical waiting room volunteers where she assists volunteers, families, staff, and physicians in a pleasant and friendly demeanor and goes out of her way to make them feel as comfortable as possible. "Sonja's always willing to step up and substitute when necessary," said Donna Owen. "She is an asset to our volunteer department and organization," she added.

JANICE SHORTT has been a volunteer since 2005 and has a total of 572 hours as a member of the Heart Pillow Committee. "Janice has far beyond 572 hours of service," said Donna Owen. "She volunteers sewing at home and over the years she has not received recognition for any time she has allocated to making these pillows so that our heart patients can receive comfort while recovering from surgery," she added. "Janice has a reputation for her ability to interact with staff and other volunteers in a courteous, pleasant, respectful manner," said Donna Owen, "She has been a tremendous asset to this program and is a pleasure to work for. Her guidance and direction continues to make this program a successful one and is truly deserving of the One Star Award."

Photo: Volunteer Star winners pose with the volunteer president and manager of volunteer services. Left to right: Elliot Lorenzi, President of volunteers; Janice Shortt, One Star Recipient; Sonja Zapka, Donna Barnard and Ed Cleaver, Five Star Recipients; Donna Owen, Manager of Volunteer Services