St. Mary's Volunteer Receives Golden Hoosier Award 06/06/2014 Rita Durnin, a St. Mary's Volunteer, recently received the Golden Hoosier Award for her extensive community service. Rita was nominated for her 13,500 hours of volunteer time. The Golden Hoosier Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a senior citizen by the State of Indiana. The award is a collaboration between the Lt Governor’s office and the Indiana Family and Social Service Administration Division of Aging to recognize outstanding seniors. It is a lifetime of community service that brings the honor.
She started working at St. Mary’s in October of 1975 until her retirement in 1996. But, Rita was never your typical employee. In addition to assisting in a variety of nursing units and clinical departments throughout the hospital, she immediately began volunteering wherever she was needed when she wasn’t on the clock. This included mopping floors and shoveling steps during the winter.
Rita’s contributions are still being felt today, 38 years after joining our Healthcare Ministry. She was recently named an Honorary Auxiliary Member and has held almost every position in the St. Mary’s Medical Center Auxiliary, including two stints as President.
Rita will travel to Indianapolis Thursday afternoon for a special luncheon held on Friday at Fort Benjamin Harrison-Garrison Conference Center to receive the award.