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Regional Medical Center salutes volunteers of the year

Suncoast News staff report
Published:   |   Updated: April 22, 2014 at 03:22 PM

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point recognized two volunteers of the year, Colleen D’Amario and Dominic Asaro.

The hospital relies on more than 500 volunteers to assist the 350 physicians and 900 employees at the 290-bed facility.

Asaro has more than 10 years of service and 12,750 hours of dedication, hospital spokesman Kurt Conover said in a press release.

Prior to his current assignments, Asaro volunteered in the critical care unit four days a week. While there, nurses rated him as very conscientious, caring and efficient in all his duties.

He carries that forward into his current assignments, including courier, endearing himself to staff, patients, families and fellow volunteers, Conover reports. Once again he serves four days a week, but during this past summer he substituted for a fifth day for nine weeks.

Asaro is always willing to substitute as the courier dispatcher and has on many occasions.

“We find him here at the hospital on major holidays and when the couriers are short staffed he steps in and works double shifts,” Conover wrote. “He goes beyond his assigned duties arriving each day at 6:30 getting the courier office organized and ready for the day’s tasks.”

Asaro also recently accepted the chairperson position for the Awards Committee.

Joining the volunteer corps in 2009, D’Amario has more than 16,000 hours of service. She is the chairperson at the Welcome “A” station on weekends, where she also has worked on Saturday evenings.

D’Amario volunteers in the surgical waiting room and is always willing to substitute for others and train new volunteers. “She is someone who always greets visitors with a kind word and a smile, extremely sweet, caring and always has a positive attitude and has this infectious laugh,” hospital officials remarked at the volunteer appreciation luncheon.

D’Amario pitches in on special projects and is always willing to stay and work until the job is done.

D’Amario has accepted the position of secretary for the awards committee and patient portal concierge.

Her other duties include treasurer for the Suncoast Health and Education Foundation and editor of the volunteer newsletter.