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Dedicated volunteer honored for 10,000 plus hours of service

Director of Service Excellence and Performance Improvement  Kae Santos Right) honors Elizabeth “Betty” Podgurski for her  more than 10,000 of volunteer service
Elizabeth “Betty” Podgurski, left, is honored for her more than 10,000 of volunteer service

Most mornings, Elizabeth “Betty” Podgurski can be found in the mailroom at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital diligently collating papers and preparing other items for Day Surgery. Over the last several years, Podgurski has volunteered more than 10,000 hours of service to the hospital. In recognition of her continued dedication, she was honored during this year’s Service Awards.

“Betty has been a dedicated volunteer for many years,” says Service Excellence Coordinator Shannon Capozzola. “She is the go-to for Day Surgery and is always willing to take on a new project. We truly rely on her and she’s one of many faces we see everyday who make BWFH such a special place.”

For Podgurski volunteering is important. “I think it’s healthy for you to keep busy, I really believe that,” she says. “It keeps your mind going.”

It’s also a great way to give back. “I just like helping people,” says Podgurski.

In addition to being known for her commitment to BWFH Podgurski is known for keeping early hours when she volunteers. She’s usually up at 3 am and into work by 5 am. “I’m a morning person,” she says. “Even on the weekends, I’m up with the birds.”

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