|From left to right: Maggie Knutsson, Bobbie Mosher and Bettina Brown pose for a photo with Jonathan Ellen, M.D., President, CEO and Physician-in-Chief, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital; Vice Dean and Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
The second time was a charm for Maggie Knutsson, who was named Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Volunteer of the Year at the annual volunteer recognition dinner. She is always ready to offer families a helping hand, earning her a nomination from the team at the Outpatient Care Center guest services desk. Maggie also volunteers in the president’s office assisting the staff, who nominated her last year.
A surprise guest, Maggie’s son, who flew in from Los Angeles for the special night, proudly introduced her to the crowd and presented her with a bouquet of flowers. Brimming with emotion, Maggie took a moment to praise her fellow volunteers, “Every day I walk into the hospital, I am inspired. I look for inspiration and I find it everyplace. I am so privileged to be a part of this family of volunteers and I am a better person for it.”
Two other finalists were thanked and honored for their dedication: Roberta “Bobbie” Mosher and her golden retriever friend, Maya, a pet therapy team always ready to bring comfort to patients; and Bettina Brown, a patient academics volunteer who can engage even the most stubborn students in learning.
“Each one of you has a story. You’ve made a commitment and see the value in what you have to offer and you give your individual gift to our hospital, to our patients and our families. That impact is literally immeasurable,” Allyson Crawford, volunteer resources manager, tells the audience of volunteers. She welcomed Matt Werling, director of pharmacy and parent coffee volunteer, who, along with his partner, spoke on their experience as parents of a child who has needed frequent care from Johns Hopkins All Children’s. They explained how volunteers contributed to the experience, from bringing coffee to the room after a long night to bringing a mobile to hang over their son’s crib–small details that provided a world of comfort.
“I ended up joining parent coffee after the impact that it had on my and Jason’s life,” Matt explains. “I recognize myself in those parents. We bring a little comfort to them and I really enjoy giving back.”
Volunteers at Johns Hopkins All Children's provide support every day to staff, patients and families. They visit with newborns, reassure parents and help out behind the scenes to help the hospital run more smoothly. We honor and appreciate their commitment every day and especially during Volunteer Recognition Week, which opened with the annual dinner.
Learn more about volunteering at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.