Grand View Hospital Presents “Love Award”
Grand View Hospital recently presented Joan Schnitzler of East Rockhill with the LOVE (Life of Volunteer Excellence) award. Joan has been part of Grand View Hospital’s volunteer program since 1988, contributing over 1,200 hours of service.
Joan responded to an ad in a church bulletin seeking volunteers to transport patients to worship services in the hospital. When the worship service program was discontinued, she transferred to the Behavioral Health unit, assisting the staff with “Happy Hour”, a program where patients could sing and have fun. She was the lead pianist and her cheerful attitude and smile brought out the best in others.
When Behavioral Health closed, Joan took an assignment in Nursing Education providing clerical support. There she was confronted with a new task – operating the Xerox copier. It was a challenge and she laughs when she talks about learning to use it. Despite her “copy challenge” Joan says, the staff was so helpful, and she now handles problems quite well!
Joan enjoys volunteering because of the excellent nurses she supports. “They’re a fun and friendly group who are professional, kind and dedicated to training people.” According to Carol Knauff, Clinical Educator, “Joan is one of the most positive persons we know – always has a smile and a kind word. She has a great sense of humor and is always willing to take on any job (challenge) we ask her to do. She’s the best!”
In her spare time Joan attends local concerts, continues to play the piano, quilts, is an avid cook, and enjoys yoga. Joan and her husband, Hans, have four children and twelve grandchildren.