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Volunteers Honored

April 23, 2010
Somerset Medical Center recently presented Mary Diehl of Hillsborough and Catherine Shoppe of Piscataway with its Alex Nilo Award for Volunteer Excellence. The award is presented annually to a volunteer who best exemplifies excellence in volunteerism and dedication to Somerset Medical Center through their actions, commitment and loyalty. 

“Mary and Catherine have contributed thousands of hours of service both at the medical center and in support of our community and fundraising events, such as the Far Hills Race Meeting and Music at Moorland,” said Cathy McMullen, director of volunteer services at Somerset Medical Center. “We honor them for more than just their years of volunteer service, but for the energy, enthusiasm and genuine caring they bring to their roles. Both are known for their warmth, friendliness and bright smiles and have truly gone above and beyond to help the medical center and our patients.” 

The medical center also recently recognized volunteers who achieved milestones in their service: Lois Roman, of Piscataway, 8,500 volunteer hours; Nancy Brett, of South Bound Brook, 6,000 volunteer hours; Shirley Bishop, of Raritan, 5,500 volunteer hours; Kathleen Runyan, of Middlesex, 5,500 volunteer hours; and Ralph DeVuyst, of Raritan, 3,500 volunteer hours.

Somerset Medical Center relies on its volunteers to provide an extra dimension of care to its patients and their families. Volunteers, who range in age from 15 to 92, perform a variety of duties at the medical center, from staffing the reception desk and greeting visitors to delivering flowers, escorting discharged patients and assisting with clerical tasks.

For more information about volunteer opportunities at Somerset Medical Center, visit or call 908-685-2952.