Southcoast Health Recognizes 2021 Volunteers of the Year


Southcoast Health Recognizes 2021 Volunteers of the Year

NEW BEDFORD, FALL RIVER and WAREHAM Mass. –Southcoast Health recognizes Laura Lopes, Laura Medeiros, Sandi Montour, and Jacqueline Swanson as Southcoast Health 2021 Volunteers of the Year from Tobey Hospital, Charlton Memorial Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, and the Southcoast Health Visiting Nurse Association, respectively. Each year, volunteers of all ages donate their time to serve ill community members at Southcoast Health’s three hospitals, and through Southcoast VNA.

“Southcoast Health is thrilled to honor Laura, Laura, Sandi, and Jacqueline as our 2021 Volunteers of the Year,” says Kimberley Coon, the Executive Director of Hospital and Medical Staff Services. “We thank them—and the rest of our dedicated volunteers—for their unwavering service to our health system and region.”

Laura Lopes, 2021 Volunteer of the Year at Tobey Hospital:

Laura worked for 32 and a half years as a registered nurse at Tobey. Nearly two years into retirement, she realized she missed her Tobey family and was not ready to put aside her passion for nursing. Her dedication to her patients, colleagues, and student nurses motivated her to apply to serve as a patient representative, so she could continue pursuing her passion for helping others. Laura takes pride in being a familiar face to comfort patients and their family members, answering questions and addressing any concerns they have.

Laura Medeiros, 2021 Volunteer of the Year for Charlton Memorial Hospital:

Laura began volunteering five years ago, after her husband lost his battle to Alzheimer’s. Her daughter in-law, an employee at Southcoast Health, suggested Laura cope with her loss through volunteer-work at Charlton, which has played an important role in her healing process. She is an active presence and friendly face in Charlton’s gift shop, where she loves helping staff, visitors, and patients. Laura is especially passionate about using her translation services to make the gift shop more welcoming for visitors who speak Portuguese.

Sandi Montour, 2021 Volunteer of the Year for St. Luke’s Hospital:

Sandi began volunteering at Southcoast Health nine years ago with the VNA and has been volunteering in the St. Luke’s Emergency Department since 2016. “Although the Emergency Department can be very hectic with some tough and sad situations, and even when I’ve not had a great day at work or otherwise, when I volunteer in the Emergency Department and interact with our patients and families, everything else melts away,” says Sandi. “Each volunteer shift at the Emergency Department, I know they’ll be multiple opportunities to make someone smile or make someone feel comforted.  It’s a joyful and meaningful experience to serve our community alongside the Southcoast Health professionals. There are many opportunities to volunteer with Southcoast Health; there’s something for everyone.”

Jacqueline Swanson, 2021 Volunteer of the Year for the Visiting Nurse Association:

When her father was receiving hospice care from Southcoast, Jaqueline promised herself she would give back in appreciation for the exceptional skill and kindness he received. Jacqueline has remained true to this promise, brightening patients’ days by visiting them in their homes or nursing homes and—more recently—lightening the VNA’s administrative load by assisting with clerical work.

How to Get Involved

Volunteers are a deeply valued part of the Southcoast Health team and an essential resource to our region. Southcoast Health is deeply grateful to all those who volunteer their time on behalf of our health system and patients.

To find out more about volunteering at a Southcoast Health hospital or care center, click here. For more information on becoming a volunteer with the Southcoast VNA, call 508-973-3219.