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Ibarra Recognized For Hospital Volunteer Efforts
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Presented with the Junior Volunteer of the Year Award at Friday’s Auxiliary Appreciation program for Oak Valley Hospital District was Fatima Ibarra, right, a student at Riverbank High School. Making the presentation was Pat Mistry. Marg Jackson/The News

A student at Riverbank High School, Fatima Ibarra, donated 90 hours of service to the Oak Valley Hospital District in 2018. She was recognized for her dedication and commitment at the annual Auxiliary Appreciation program honoring volunteers on Friday, April 12.

“She has worked in all the different departments,” said award presenter Pat Mistry. “Medical records, the Care Center, in the hospital.”

Ibarra was presented with a bouquet of flowers, certificates of recognition and her name was placed on a perpetual plaque.

The afternoon program featured refreshments, a number of special awards and recognitions, and a review of some of the auxiliary’s volunteer programs.

The gift shop, now called the ‘Corner Boutique,” has sold over $15,000 worth of items already this year and it was also noted that ambulances are equipped with teddy bears, to be given out to those in crisis; child or adult.

The highest number of volunteer hours in 2018 was logged by Megan Brown, working 1,243 volunteer hours.

Chosen as the 2018 Volunteer of the Year was Belinda Knight, who is employed at the hospital but also donates plenty of her days off to the facility as well. She logged 168 volunteer hours in 2018.

Several volunteers worked 500-plus hours including Doreen Dumlao, 501; Joe Stillman, 514; Linda Schwartz, 661; Cathline Oliveira, 818; and Brown, with the 1,234. Dumlao is president of the hospital auxiliary.

Brian Beck, the OVHD Vice President of Human Resources, thanked all the volunteers for their efforts on behalf of the hospital district.