Reminder: Nominations wanted for Hill award

The Board of Directors established the Distinguished Volunteer Award in recognition of the important contributions volunteers have made and continue to make at UNC. This year’s award will be presented in April at the Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. Please submit your nominations by March 21.

Please fill out the nomination form here if you know or work with a volunteer who deserves recognition.

UNC Hospitals has a rich tradition of community service, innovative health care technology and leadership in medical research. But the most telling aspect of any medical facility is the care and consideration given to its patients. Volunteers have played a significant role in building and maintaining the institution’s reputation for a caring environment. In fact, the volunteer spirit pre-dates the opening of N.C. Memorial Hospital in 1952.

Some 190 volunteers banded together the preceding summer in Chapel Hill to stamp linens, roll bandages, sew and collect books for a library in preparation for the first patient. This commitment to serving others grows stronger each year. Today, more that 1,500 UNC Hospitals volunteers – adults, university students and junior volunteers – touch the lives of patients and their families through a variety of invaluable services.

Elaine M. Hill was one of the volunteers who served refreshments during the opening of the hospital in 1952.  From that day forward, she had been active in the UNC Hospitals volunteer program- first as a volunteer and from 1967 to 1990 as Director of Volunteer Services. During her years of service, Elaine Hill exemplified the heart and soul of the volunteer spirit of caring.  Her commitment to excellence in patient care and service makes her one of the true heroes of this institution.

In recognition of her leadership, the UNC Hospitals Board of Directors approved in 1990 naming the annual distinguished volunteer award in her honor. Elaine Hill passed away in 2007.

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