Local Hospital Volunteers Selected to New Positions with the North Carolina Hospital Volunteers Due to Their Contributions Locally

Nancy Gutowski and Daisy Colaianni,
standing in the Auxiliary Serenity Garden
at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center

MOORESVILLE, NC (October 23, 2012) – Lake Norman Regional Medical Center (LNRMC) is pleased to announce that two of its volunteers have accepted new volunteer positions with the North Carolina Hospital Volunteers (NCHV) Association.  Nancy Gutowski and Daisy Colaianni have been selected to serve on the NCHV Board of Directors due to their valuable contributions as volunteers to the hospital.  Gutowski will function as the Special Projects Chair and Colaianni as the NCHV District 3 Representative.  Both will continue to dedicate time as volunteers at LNRMC.

The NCHV is a volunteer-led organization that represents 53 hospitals from six districts across the state of North Carolina designed to help foster and share ideas that benefit all participating hospitals.  Its mission is to provide leadership, advocacy and resources to create dynamic volunteerism in the healthcare provider organizations of North Carolina.  It strives to ensure that North Carolina is a state of healthy communities in which volunteers are committed to assisting healthcare professionals while assuring that all individuals reach their highest potential for health and well-being.

Lake Norman Regional is located in District 3, where Colaianni will act as the NCHV representative and liaison for all seven hospitals in the district.  She looks forward to her new tasks of visiting the other participating hospitals in the district to educate and grow the volunteer involvement of the district.  She hopes to encourage non-participating hospitals to join the NCHV so they too can reap the organization’s numerous benefits.

“I like the idea of visiting the other hospitals to see what they’re doing different from us or anybody else, to see if that could help other hospitals,” Colaianni explains.  “Bringing those ideas to the NCHV board meetings to share with other district representatives, as well as listening to their ideas to bring back to our district really excites me.”

Gutowski, on the other hand, will have a responsibility to the entire state as the Special Projects Chair.  The NCHV is proud to offer a number of scholarships to North Carolina college students aspiring to enter the medical field that have a financial need.  Gutowski will spearhead the scholarship program, planning and implementing fundraising initiatives, as well as handling the NCHV awards given to individual volunteers and hospitals for exceptional service in volunteering and completing beneficial projects, to highlight some of her duties.  She is excited to take the experience she gained from assisting in a variety of projects at Lake Norman Regional into her new role.

“I love to sink my teeth into projects and I look forward to this challenge of trying to cultivate a stronger and closer bond between the NCHV, North Carolina hospitals and its volunteers through special projects,” says Gutowski.

Gutowski, a retired dental hygienist, is the former president of the Volunteer Auxiliary at LNRMC.  She has always enjoyed the medical field and wanted to continue to learn and make an impact after retiring, so she began to volunteer.  She has volunteered in endoscopy for the past eight years while also lending her time and services to various projects around the hospital.  Gutowski and her late-husband, Tom – also a volunteer, were very influential in helping to create the Auxiliary Serenity Garden – the volunteers’ gift to the hospital, a peaceful retreat where patients and their families can escape the rigors and stresses associated with staying at a hospital.

Colaianni began volunteering as a way to stay busy after retiring, but more importantly to donate her time in an effort to help others.  In her five years of volunteering, she has been active as a member of the Auxiliary’s board and is the former vice president of the Volunteer Auxiliary; she currently assists in the endoscopy department.  Colaianni credits meeting new people and helping those patients from out-of-town as her favorite part of volunteering.  She enjoys providing them with the extra attention they need to make them comfortable in an unfamiliar setting.

“We’d rather have too much to do and not enough time to do them, rather than having a lot of things we want to do and not being able to do any of them,” Gutowski says on both their behalves.

“Gutowski and Colaianni truly embody the perfect essence of what it means to be a volunteer.  They prove that age is not a hindrance, but a mindset, and Lake Norman Regional wishes them luck in their new positions and is happy to have them as part of its family,” says Leigh Whitfield, Lake Norman Regional Spokesperson.

For more information about LNRMC’s Volunteer Auxiliary and membership opportunities, contact the Volunteer department at 704-660-4112.

About Lake Norman Regional Medical Center

Lake Norman Regional Medical Center offers comprehensive medical care to individuals throughout the greater Lake Norman region. Located just off I-77 at Exit 33, the Mooresville medical campus offers complete specialty services from 24-hour emergency medicine and maternity to oncology and advanced surgical services. For more information about the services offered at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, please visit www.LNRMC.com.