Governor’s Service Award Goes to Volunteers of Henry Ford Allegiance Health

Governor Rick Snyder has recognized Volunteers of Henry Ford Allegiance Health with the 2017 Outstanding Volunteer Organization Award. Governor Snyder announced all 49 winners of the 2017 Governor's Service Awards this week. The winners are individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations that were selected for their commitment to volunteerism, service or philanthropy.

“These individuals and organizations are role models for other people to follow. The impact they have on other people’s lives is incredible,” Snyder said. “They show us how to overcome obstacles and do good things for other people. They demonstrate tremendous spirit and we are thrilled to recognize them.”

Volunteers of Henry Ford Allegiance Health have been supporting health and wellness in Jackson for 100 years. In 2016, 467 volunteers served a total of 48,932 hours and donated over $123,000 to the Henry Ford Allegiance Health Foundation to ensure the very best patient care. Volunteers can be found in most departments at the hospital. They serve at the front desk, escort visitors, staff the gift shop, serve in the surgery family waiting room and help to make visiting families as comfortable as possible during a stressful time. Cancer Center volunteers assist patients as they receive IV treatment, and volunteers with the Caring Hand Program knit and create cards for patients.

“What I love is the people,” said Sigrid Howard, a volunteer of over 30 years at the hospital gift shop. “You just have to be friendly to people. Volunteering makes you feel good, and that’s what it’s all about.”

Henry Ford Allegiance Health Foundation President Chad Noble said, “It is always gratifying when our ‘behind the scenes’ team members receive the recognition they so richly deserve. Our health system would not be the same without the selfless volunteers who give of their time, talents and energy. These volunteers help to make Henry Ford Allegiance Health a warmer, more welcoming place for our patients, and they are greatly appreciated.”

The Governor’s Service Awards winners will be honored during a special ceremony hosted by the Michigan Community Service Commission on Monday, August 21, at the Detroit Opera House. The event will also commemorate the Michigan Community Service Commission’s 25th anniversary.

The Governor's Service Awards ceremony is an annual statewide recognition event acknowledging the contributions made by Michigan volunteers. The event is coordinated by the Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC), the state’s lead agency on volunteerism. The MCSC strives to engage all Michigan residents in volunteerism to address critical community challenges.

About Henry Ford Allegiance Health

Henry Ford Allegiance Health (HFAH) is a 475-bed health system in Jackson, Michigan. HFAH complements traditional acute care services with mission-based services to support the care continuum for all patients. Through its Health Improvement Organization (HIO), HFAH is also a national leader in forming community partnerships that innovatively address wellness and prevention needs across the region.

About Henry Ford Health System

Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) is a six hospital system headquartered in Detroit, Michigan. HFHS is one of the nation’s leading comprehensive, integrated health systems, recognized for clinical excellence and innovation. It provides health insurance and health care delivery, including acute, specialty, primary and preventive care services backed by excellence in research and education. HFHS is a 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient. Visit henryford.com to learn more.

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