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SMHC Names Husband and Wife Team Audrey and Joe Ferrick 2016 Lauren Shulman Volunteers of the Year

At the Annual Charles and Virginia Allard Volunteer Luncheon, Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) officially thanked their volunteers for contributing more than 40,000 hours in 2015. During the ceremony, husband and wife team Audrey and Joe Ferrick from Biddeford Pool were recognized with the prestigious Lauren Shulman Volunteer of the Year award. The Ferricks volunteer at the Front Desk in SMHC’s Biddeford Medical Center. This nomination-based honor is bestowed upon the volunteer/s who best exemplifies “the volunteer spirit,” with enthusiasm and support for the organization, as well as dependability and contributions of time and energy.
“Congratulations to Audrey and Joe for receiving this well-deserved recognition,” said SMHC’s President and CEO Ed McGeachey. “Combined, the Ferricks have been volunteering at SMHC for an impressive 46 years. They go above and beyond with kindness and compassion to help others in need. We are very fortunate to have many devoted volunteers like Audrey and Joe who are vital members of the SMHC team.”  

In addition to the hours they have worked greeting patients and visitors, the Ferricks have helped to raise funds in support of SMHC, most notably during the capital campaign to build the Dorothy Walker Bush Emergency Pavilion. Audrey is a past SMHC Auxiliary President and former chair of the Auxiliary Golf Tournament.

Men and women from all parts of York County volunteer at SMHC. Whether they help a few hours a week or several days a week, volunteers provide a vital link between the medical centers in Biddeford and Sanford and the people they serve. Some volunteers work in areas where they are in direct contact with patients, others are involved in "behind the scenes" activities which enhance the care provided by the hospital. SMHC volunteers are important members of the organization's healthcare team. The age of SMHC volunteers spans almost an entire century, from teenagers to those in their nineties. For more information on volunteering, call 283-7225.

PHOTO CAPTION: Husband and wife team Audrey and Joe Ferrick received SMHC’s Lauren Shulman Volunteer of the Year award for 2016. The Ferricks are greeters at SMHC’s Medical Center in Biddeford and, combined, have been volunteering at SMHC for 46 years.

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