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United Hospital Fund Honors Two Lenox Hill Hospital Volunteers

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(L-R): Gladys George, President and CEO of Lenox Hill Hospital; Elisabeth Haveles, President of Auxiliary; Patricia Gutman, Auxilian and United Hospital Fund Honoree; Carol Braverman, Manager of Volunteer Services; John Cassanetti, Volunteer and United Hospital Fund Honoree.

Lenox Hill Hospital volunteers Patricia Gutman and John Cassanetti were honored at the United Hospital Fund's 16th Annual Hospital Auxilian and Volunteer Achievement Awards ceremony, held March 6, at the Waldorf-Astoria. Ms. Gutman and Mr. Cassanetti were part of an elite group of 90 volunteers who were honored for providing exceptional service to hospitals throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

Sade Baderinwa, the co-anchor of “WABC Eyewitness News,” was the special guest at the event, which drew nearly 800 attendees in the hotel's Grand Ballroom.

Patricia Gutman has been a dedicated member of the Lenox Hill Hospital Auxiliary since 1991. With a longtime interest in the special needs of children and their parents, she worked tirelessly on the Babies and Toddlers Club, the series of monthly presentations for new parents. For the club, she supervised the administrative end, creatively developed topics for presentations, and recruited physicians and staff to assist in presentations. For years, she organized the Hospital’s Fantasy Express benefit party for families, strengthening ties between Lenox Hill and the community and raising funds for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Departments of Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is also a supporter of a range of other hospital events including The Autumn Ball and The Annual Golf & Tennis Outing.

John Cassanetti began serving Lenox Hill as a volunteer in 2005, assisting in the Volunteer Services Department, where he trains new volunteers on the proper policies and procedures. From elevator etiquette and wheelchair use, to equipment delivery and personal errands for patients, he mentors and inspires new and longstanding volunteers alike. He acts as a guide for Musicians On Call, a nonprofit organization whose performers entertain hospital patients. Mr. Cassanetti identifies the patients who are amenable to having a performer visit.

Ms. Gutman and Mr. Cassanetti were chosen from among 50,000 New York City health care volunteers for their willingness to give their time unselfishly—to improve health care in our city.

The United Hospital Fund's Hospital Auxilian and Volunteer Achievement Awards are part of the United Hospital Fund's efforts to mobilize the energies of volunteers, recognize volunteer achievements, and open new avenues for volunteer involvement in health care.