Honoring more than 20 years of service, Ruth Gluth was named Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Volunteer of the Year at the annual volunteer recognition dinner. She spends three mornings a week ensuring the perioperative services playroom is ready for patient families. Ruth is always ready to lend a hand wherever it is needed, earning her a nomination from the Child Life team.
“Ruth is a wonderful communicator,” says Carol Dahlquist, Child Life specialist. “She has been a great mentor to incoming volunteers.”
Two other finalists were thanked and honored for their dedication: Lorraine Guderian, a neonatal intensive care unit volunteer whose comfort encourages babies to thrive; and Kay Symanski, a friendly face ready to assist families and staff in the gift shop.
“All you do allows our clinical staff to do everything they do to provide high quality care and improve outcomes," says Kimberly Berfield, vice president of government and community affairs at Johns Hopkins All Children’s, to the audience of volunteers. "We thank you for your giving hearts, your kindness and love. You have my gratitude on behalf of the hospital.”
Jen Arnold, M.D., medical director for the simulation program at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital adds, “Much of my time in a hospital has been spent as a patient–it was made so much better by volunteers like you so I want to thank you for all that you do for our patients. When you go into a room with a cup of coffee for a parent or an activity for a patient, you brighten their day. You are giving them hope. Hope is what gets us through the hard times.”
Volunteers at Johns Hopkins All Children's provide support every day to staff, patients and families. They visit with newborns, provide opportunities for play to patients of all ages, 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.