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Fort HealthCare honors volunteers

Workplace Health
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Fort HealthCare honored its many volunteers at the annual awards banquet on April 25 at Jansen’s Banquet Hall in Fort Atkinson.  Over 230 adult volunteers contributed 22,438 hours of service during 2012.  In addition, 630 hours were volunteered by area high school and college students. Honoring volunteers at the banquet were Fort HealthCare’s Mike Wallace, president/CEO, Kay Wipperfurth, vice president of ancillary and support services and Kari Behling, manager of volunteer services.

The Fort HealthCare Partners are composed of resident throughout the Fort HealthCare service area. According to Behling, they “…donate countless hours, adding significantly to the hospital’s high standards of patient care and services.” She adds, “They bring great comfort and cheer to patients.”

Anita Luebke of Whitewater received an Honorary Lifetime Membership, presented to for her many years of dedication and leadership in the Fort HealthCare Partners organization.  Luebke has been volunteering at the hospital since 1994 and has logged over 5000 hours of service.  She currently helps the surgical department by making hundreds of patient folders each month and also volunteers to deliver the departmental mail throughout the hospital.  She has helped in many other areas of service as well, including the Sunshine Committee, and fundraising. 

In addition, six people were recognized for accumulating 2,000 volunteer hours (nearly equivalent of one year of full-time employment). They were Mel Bitter, Larry Ketterman, Stanley Koch, Jean Leedham, John Satterlee and John Syens.

For more information about joining the Fort HealthCare Partners, please call Kari Behling, manager of volunteer services at (920) 568-5276 or visit