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Hospital guild members honored for service

Tillie Wenger named Volunteer of the Year
By: Krissi Khokhobashvili, Journal Features Editor
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The Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital Guild held its Recognition Luncheon Thursday at the hospital, honoring the volunteers who help the hospital run smoothly.

“You do so much for this hospital, and we are so blessed to have each and every one of you,” said Mindy Danovaro, director of the hospital foundation.

About 80 volunteers serve in every department at the hospital, including greeting and directing patients and visitors, keeping families informed of patient status, running the gift shop and organizing and stocking departments. High school-aged Junior Volunteers serve as well, learning about the medical field and exploring possible career options.

Volunteers were awarded pins for their hours of service, including some who have served more than 11,000 hours at the hospital. Tillie Wenger received the first-ever Floread Bentsen Volunteer of the Year Award, in honor of the woman who gave more than 21,000 hours of service from 1974-1989.

Members of Bentsen’s family – son and daughter-in-law Keith and Doris Faulkner, grandson Sam Vaughan and son Don Bentsen – presented the award to Wenger.

“She was totally committed to the causes that she joined, the guild being one of them,” said Don Bentsen, who lives in Danville. Floread Bentsen was also an active church member and beloved babysitter. Her hospital service was primarily in the gift shop.

The award comes with a $250 donation from the family, and it’s now Wenger’s responsibility to decide which department of the hospital will receive it.

Wenger, an Auburn resident, has volunteered at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital since 1992, working in ambulatory surgery, diagnostic imaging and the gift shop, along with serving as treasurer of the hospital guild. She has given more than 20,000 hours of her time. Despite that, she said she was surprised to learn that she had been named Volunteer of the Year.

“There are so many people who do so much for the hospital,” Wenger said.