Longtime Volunteer Celebrated

Gift from Rose Westra’s family gives volunteer offices a makeover

There was a smile on Rose Westra’s face when she entered Winchester Hospital’s new volunteer offices for the first time in early August. The excitement in the air was palpable. Until COVID-19 struck, Rose had volunteered every week at Winchester Hospital for 50 years! To celebrate her decades of service and her 100th birthday, the Westra family made a gift to renovate the offices in her honor. For Rose, it was the perfect birthday present.

“It was very special to see how happy she and her family were to see the new offices, which include new furniture, new flooring, new shelving, and more,” said Jillian Buttaro, Director of Volunteer Services, Patient Transport and Greeters. The outdated volunteer offices provided a front door to the hospital and hundreds of volunteers who spent time there, but they hadn’t been renovated in over 30 years. “We wanted to have a more welcoming environment that could fit more staff and volunteers,” Jillian explained. “Rose and her family made that possible.” 

A special guest attended the birthday celebration to congratulate Rose and thank her family for their generosity. Marie Johnson, the former Director of Volunteers for 46 years, was both appreciative and humbled by a new portrait of herself that graces one of the walls in recognition of her many years of dedicated service

Click here to read about the celebration marking Rose’s 50 years of service.