Rosella Brink, Inge Luttmann and Claire Runyon, three members of the Guilds of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, have collectively reached an amazing milestone, having contributed 30,000 hours each in volunteer work. The Guilds are groups of individuals who work diligently for the benefit of the medical center. These volunteers organize community activities, staff the hospital gift shop, hold annual fund- raising events and operate an offsite thrift shop to support Good Samaritan. In 2010, the Guilds raised more than $258,000, with more than 39,000 hours of service donated as well.
A volunteer awards luncheon that will honor these woman and other dedicated volunteers will be held at Captain Bill’s Bayview House on April 11th. Dignitaries, board members, hospital leadership and guests will join Guild members to recognize outstanding service achievements.
Rosella Brink is a charter member of the Guilds of Good Samaritan and was involved even before the hospital was built. She recalls attending a meeting in the 1950s that was so crowded with women wanting to become involved that the hospital’s first administrator, Mother Mary, DW, had to stand on the kitchen table to be seen and heard by the crowd. Ms. Brink recalls a wonderful fund-raising dinner dance in 1963 at Southward Ho that was one of the first fund raisers she participated on. She has been affiliated with the Guilds for 52 years and has been involved for the last several years in the volunteer office.
“This has been a very rewarding occupation. I have met a lot of wonderful people and would not have lived my life any other way. If I ever had to go to work, I would have chosen Good Samaritan,” stated Ms. Brink. An active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Ms. Brink has lived in West Islip for more than 60 years. She also has a talent for crafts and has taught crafting to Guild and church members.
Inge Luttmann began her volunteer career at Good Samaritan in 1980 and has been chair of the gift shop since 1986. She drives 54 miles round trip, 3 days a week to continue this service. She is past president of the Great South Bay Guild and is currently executive treasurer. She has served on the Guilds’ Central Council executive board and chaired or co-chaired many fund-raising projects. Ms. Luttmann said, “I enjoy this service; it fills empty hours, and I can help people at the same time.” She calls herself a “professional volunteer” because prior to her service to Good Sam, she cared for her father and then her husband.
Claire Runyon first became involved with Good Samaritan in 1952, when a newspaper article announced plans for a new hospital and asked for pledges.
Ms. Runyon brought her then four-year-old daughter, Patty, to the designated site to deliver their family pledge. She felt very strongly the need for a community hospital. In 1968, Ms. Runyon began serving in the volunteer office 2 days a week, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and continues the same schedule today. Ms. Runyon said, “It has been a great experience. I have met the most wonderful people over the years.” She feels there is such a good feeling in the hospital and “couldn’t ask for a nicer place to work”.
Anyone who is interested in joining Good Samaritan’s team of volunteers and would like to learn more about the hospital may call (631) 376-4444.
Pictured (standing L-R): Good Samaritan Hospital Vice President in Administration Joseph Loiacono and volunteer Inge Luttmann, (sitting L-R): volunteer Claire Runyon and volunteer Rosella Brink.