Obici Junior Volunteer Program recognizes eight teens

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 2, 2004

Staff report

Obici Hospital recently concluded its annual summer junior volunteer program, with roughly 70 young people helping in more than 30 departments or nursing units.

The six-week program is open to teens ages 14-18. The hospital benefits from their talent and motivation, while they benefit from learning new skills and gaining exposure to numerous careers.

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During the course of the summer, the following participants were named junior volunteers of the week:

-Kendall Chorey, who worked on the intensive care &uot;stepdown&uot; unit. She is a senior at Nansemond Suffolk Academy and the daughter of William Chorey.

-Kelsey Daughtry, a volunteer in the Rehabilitation Services Department and the Obici Wellness Center. The daughter of Shea Beaver, she is a sophomore at Nansemond River High School.

-Seth Drewry, son of Sam and Lucy Drewry and a freshman at Franklin High School. He helped on several nursing units, including Medical/Oncology.

-William Fly, who also worked on Medical/Oncology. In addition he helped with the annual asthma camp for children. He is a freshman at King’s Fork High School and the son of George and Virginia Fly.

-Kunal Kapoor, who volunteered in Sterile Processing. He is the son of R.C. Kapoor and a freshman at Nansemond Suffolk Academy.

-Hannah Lane, a recent home school graduate and the daughter of Dean and Sharon Lane. She was assigned to the cardiac catheterization lab.

-Kristy Knight, a junior at Lakeland High School and the daughter of Lewis and Mildred Knight. She was assigned to Cancer Services.

-Sean Williams, who drove the Courtesy Shuttle. He is the son of Ted and Debbie Williams and a recent graduate of Nansemond Suffolk Academy.

Independently owned Obici Hospital and its parent, Obici Health System, offer the people of western Tidewater and northeastern North Carolina the latest in health care close to home. In a stunning and soothing building with every square inch devoted to healing, the Suffolk, Va. facility continues to honor the legacy of Amedeo Obici, who founded the hospital in memory of his wife, Louise.

As part of that legacy, in 2001, Obici became the first hospital in Hampton Roads to affiliate with a prestigious national network of holistic health-care providers called Planetree. Belonging to Planetree, in effect, formalizes Obici’s long tradition of caring for patients physically, emotionally and spiritually.

A 138-bed community hospital, Obici is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations and offers a wide range of inpatient and outpatient treatment services.

Obici Health System’s mission is &uot;To provide health services that improve the quality of health in our community.&uot; The system’s Planetree motto is, &uot;Everyone who works for Obici Health System is a caregiver. Our care is guided by viewing everything we do through the eyes of the patient.&uot;