Stony Brook Resident Honored As Stony Brook University Hospital Volunteer Of The YearSTONY BROOK, N.Y., Aug. 6, 2012 – Stony Brook University Hospital’s Department of Volunteer Services has named Jim Riordan as its Volunteer of the Year for 2012.
Riordan was honored at the 31st annual Auxiliary Installation and Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on June 27 at Lombardi’s on the Sound in Port Jefferson, NY. Kathy Kress, Assistant Director of Volunteer Services, presented the Volunteer of the Year award to Riordan and recognized hospital volunteers with service pins based on their hours of service. Lee Xippolitos, RN, PhD, Chief Nursing Officer for Stony Brook University Hospital and Dean of the Stony Brook University School of Nursing, recognized the contributions that all volunteers and auxiliary members make to the hospital.
A resident of Stony Brook, Riordan has been volunteering at Stony Brook University Hospital since 2009 and has donated more than 1,000 hours of service to patients at the Stony Brook University Heart Institute, Kress said.
“Jim’s assignment includes providing uplifting visits to patients in the Heart Institute and for many of our sickest patients in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit,” Kress said. As the lead volunteer for the Heart Institute, “he provides orientation to all new volunteers and teaches them how to approach patients while making sure they follow all the rules necessary for patient safety,” she said. He also participates in the annual Heart Reunion to celebrate the recovery of recent open-heart surgery patients.
Stony Brook University Hospital Volunteers provide help each year caring for patients and spend time with patients’ family members. Each year, nearly 700 Junior and Senior Volunteers assist staff with the day-to-day work that contributes to a quality healthcare experience for patients and families.
Volunteer assignments are available seven days a week between 7:00 am and 8:30 pm. To learn more or to become a volunteer, please call (631) 444-2610 or visit stonybrookmedicine.edu.
About Stony Brook University Hospital:
Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) is Long Island’s premier academic medical center. With 597 beds, SBUH serves as the region’s only tertiary care center and Level 1 Trauma Center, and is home to the Stony Brook Heart Institute, Stony Brook Cancer Center, Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital, Stony Brook Neurosciences Institute, and Stony Brook Digestive Disorders Institute. SBUH also encompasses Suffolk County’s only Level 4 Regional Perinatal Center, state-designated AIDS Center, state-designated Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program, state-designated Burn Center, the Christopher Pendergast ALS Center of Excellence, and Kidney Transplant Center. It is home of the nation’s first Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center. To learn more, visit www.stonybrookmedicine.edu.