Mercy volunteer receives Green Bay Packers award
Peg Larson honored by NFL organization with Community Quarterback Award
01 / 19 / 2009
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
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OSHKOSH, Wis. - Peg Larson, longtime volunteer at Mercy Medical Center, has been honored with a Community Quarterback award from the Green Bay Packers. Larson, who will receive the honor at a dinner in the Lambeau Field Atrium on Jan. 22, 2009, has donated more than 4,300 hours of time at Mercy since she began volunteering in 1987 – equal to $68,704 of paid hours.
The Packers are awarding Mercy Medical Center Auxiliary a $2,000 grant in honor of Larson’s service.
“When I have asked for Peg’s help, there is no task too small or too large that she has ever turned down,” said Amy Brownson, manager of Volunteer Services at Mercy Medical Center. “Having volunteers like Peg to help support our patients, visitors, staff and community makes a big difference to a health care organization in providing efficient quality care at an affordable cost. We could not do what we do without the help of dedicated, loyal and supportive volunteers like Peg.”
Larson also volunteers for several other organizations in the Oshkosh area, including Oshkosh Youth Soccer Club, Oshkosh Teen Safe Rides and Unified Catholic Schools. At Mercy, she serves as Mercy Medical Center Auxiliary past president, as Mercy Health Foundation treasurer, as a clerk in the gift shop, as a receptionist at the Oakwood Offices entrance and as a guide for specialty tours.
“I’m honored to be recognized,” Larson said. “We have great organizations doing great work through the efforts of hundreds of dedicated volunteers.”
For the Editor:
Affinity Health System, a faith-based regional health care network, is the Fox Valley’s second-largest employer, according to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry. For the fourth consecutive year, Affinity has been named one of the nation’s top 64 health systems based on clinical performance according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. For ten consecutive years, Affinity Health System has been named to the SDI (formerly Verispan) Integrated Health Network Top 100, an annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks in the nation. Both St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh rank among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in terms of quality and efficiency, as determined by the 2007 Premier | CareScience Select practice National Quality Award. Members of Affinity include Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Health Foundation, Oshkosh; St. Elizabeth Hospital and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Appleton; Affinity Medical Group, a regional network of 25 family practice and specialty clinics – 22 of which are recognized as NCQA Level III medical homes, the highest level of recognition – in 14 communities; Calumet Medical Center, Chilton; and Affinity Occupational Health.