Within the walls of Fisher-Titus Medical Center, there is a civic organization that has 350-plus members and growing. FTMC volunteers donate their time to the community by serving in various capacities throughout the Medical Center, Norwalk Memorial Home and The Carriage House of FTMC.
Last year, FTMC volunteers donated 48,056 hours to the community hospital. Volunteers assist in admitting, drive campus shuttle between The Carriage House and FTMC campus, help visitors at information desks, and work in health information management, oncology, radiology, special clinics, surgery waiting room and the volunteer office. They also assist with activities at the Norwalk Memorial Home and The Carriage House and do clerical work for various departments. Auxiliary member also donated over 100 dozen homemade cookies for the cookie walk and sold over 500 tickets to the annual steak dinner.
"Although we are a small community hospital, volunteering plays a very important part at the Medical Center," said Nancy Nickoli, FTMC's director of volunteers and resident service. "Volunteers make a difference in the lives of every person they touch. Their rewards are so much more than monetary. It's the grateful smile and the generous handshake of people in need toward people that need to be needed."
Ranging in age from 13 to 91, volunteers come from organizations such as the Business College of Ohio, EHOVE Career Center, community service programs, Christie Lane and various schools and churches. FTMC also has individual volunteers from Norwalk, Willard, Monroeville, New London, Wakeman, Berlin Heights, Milan, Huron, Greenwich, and Collins.