Ask anyone who works at Dignity Health Yavapai Regional Medical Center, and they’ll tell you that Yavapai Regional volunteers are truly exceptional. Patients would certainly agree. Volunteers are an integral part of the work that happens each day. In 2023, Yavapai Regional boasted a total of 347 volunteers, who logged 54,929 volunteer hours. But beyond that, the volunteers bring a team spirit, can-do attitude, and dedication to giving that enhance the impact of care immeasurably.

Yavapai Regional recently recognized the invaluable contributions of all of its dedicated volunteers during their annual National Volunteer Month celebration. Three volunteers in particular were recognized for their significant impact on patients, families, and staff members.

Nominated by their co-workers and peers, these 2023 winners are outstanding individuals, who each bring a unique personality and approach to their work.

Dick Sheldon, East Campus Volunteer of the Year

Dick started volunteering at Yavapai Regional in 2019 and is a member of the Front Lobby team. He escorts patients and guests, helps patients check in, and assigns badges to visitors. His sense of humor brings a smile and often a laugh to everyone he meets. You’ll be able to spot Dick on holidays when he arrives in full costume, lending a lighthearted moment to everyone’s day.

Dick is always willing to cover for volunteers who are unable to make their shifts and consistently strives to make the hospital experience run as smoothly as possible for all who enter the doors at Yavapai Regional.

Judy Grimm, West Campus Volunteer of the Year

Since starting in the summer of 2021, Judy has served in the Emergency Department and the Cath Lab, and currently works in the Endoscopy department. So far, she has accumulated a total of 427 hours of service.

Her warm and caring demeanor, combined with a positive, energetic, and professional approach, has made her an invaluable asset wherever she works, brightening the environment with her presence. Judy is known for continually going above and beyond to help the GI staff with creating packets, patient transport, and filling in the gaps wherever she is needed.

One co-worker puts it simply: “Judy is the best example of what a great volunteer is.”

Kathy Stemm, Sandy Zinn Martin Award

This award was established in memory of Sandy Zinn Martin, an inspirational volunteer whose positive nature touched many lives. It symbolizes the spirit of generosity and kindness that defines the Yavapai Regional volunteer community.

Kathy Stemm volunteers in the Front Lobby and is also the Chair of the Baskin Breast Care Center. Since her start in 2020, she has logged more that 1650 volunteer hours. Her generous heart clearly exemplifies what the Sandy Zinn Martin award is all about. Staff and fellow volunteers say that she is always ready to help others, checking in on volunteers who have been sick or unable to volunteer, and always greets patients and staff with warmth and a smile.

“These awards serve as a token of our deepest gratitude to Dick, Judy, and Kathy, as well as to all our remarkable volunteers, whose contributions are truly immeasurable,” said Dr. Anthony Torres, President and CEO of Dignity Health Yavapai Regional Medical Center. “Their compassion and dedication inspire us all, and we are thankful for their invaluable service.”

For information on the many volunteer opportunities available at Dignity Health Yavapai Regional Medical Center, visit yrmc.org/volunteer-services/services, or call Volunteer Services in Prescott at (928) 771-5678, or Prescott Valley at (928) 442-8678.