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April 27, 2012
Somerset Medical Center recently honored Peggy Forrester of Martinsville with its Alex Nilo Award for Volunteer Excellence. Forrester has been a volunteer at the medical center for nine years, logging nearly 4,000 hours of service as a receptionist in the medical center’s main lobby. She also volunteers at the medical center’s major fundraising events, the Far Hills Race Meeting and Music at Moorland.

Named after a long-time volunteer from Bridgewater, the award is presented annually to a volunteer who best exemplifies excellence in volunteerism and dedication to Somerset Medical Center through her actions, commitment and loyalty.

During a special National Volunteer Week event, the medical center also recognized Kathleen Runyan, of Middlesex, a volunteer in Courtesy Service, and Shirley Bishop, of Raritan, a volunteer greeter in the medical center’s lobby, who each received awards for achieving milestones of 6,500 hours of service.

Somerset Medical Center relies on its volunteers to provide an extra dimension of care to its patients and their families. In 2011, the medical center’s 845 volunteers recorded 62,300 hours of service – an all-time high. Volunteers perform a variety of duties at the medical center, from staffing the reception desk and greeting visitors to delivering flowers, escorting discharged patients and assisting with clerical tasks.

For more information about volunteer opportunities at Somerset Medical Center, visit or call 908-685-2952. 

Ken Bateman, president and CEO of Somerset Medical Center, left, and Cathy McMullen, director of volunteer services at Somerset Medical Center, right, present Peggy Forrester of Martinsville, center, with the Alex Nilo Award for Volunteer Excellence.