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Holy Cross Hospital Names 2009-2010 Volunteer of the Year

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Fort Lauderdale Resident Grace Gardiner Receives Honor for 26,481 Volunteer Hours

In 2009, there were 686 volunteers who collectively gave more than 140,442 hours of service to Holy Cross Hospital. They were recognized during the hospital's recent Volunteer Appreciation and Service Awards Luncheon, where Fort Lauderdale resident Grace Gardiner was named the 2009-2010 Volunteer of the Year.

The Holy Cross Volunteer of the Year is chosen from 12 volunteers of the month from that year. Each volunteer of the month is nominated by their peers or associates for consistent achievement over a sustained period of time, a specific outstanding contribution, prudent use of human and financial resources, dedication and innovation or excellence in guest relations.

Gardiner, who is currently chairperson of the hospital's gift shop, has been a volunteer at Holy Cross since 1995, logging more than 26,500 hours. As chairperson, she oversees operation and management of the gift shop. Her peers are quick to acknowledge her cheerful personality, warmth and compassion.

"We appreciate all of our volunteers and the time they dedicate to the mission of Holy Cross," said Holy Cross CEO and President Patrick Taylor, M.D. "They do what needs to be done with a sense of purpose and dedication. Grace embodies the spirit of all our volunteers who demonstrate their passion and commitment to Holy Cross, our patients and staff on a daily basis."

In addition to her current position at the gift shop, Gardiner also volunteers regularly in the hospital's thrift store, the Pink Lady. In the past, she has chaired the Pink Lady's annual fashion show, served as president of the Holy Cross Hospital Auxiliary and served as chairperson of the Auxiliary's annual Charity Ball.

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