Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Nov. 10, 1987
ONEONTA — Junior Volunteers at Fox Hospital gave a total of 3,275 hours to the hospital in the past year, said Joanne McCook, director of volunteers at the fall award ceremony Friday evening in the Fox Center.
The hours are equal to one and a half paid employees, said Michael McNally, vice president for human resources. While the hospital benefits from the services of the Junior Volunteers, McNally said he hopes the volunteers will also leave the hospital with the benefit of knowing they have helped others and have had an educational opportunity.
McNally said health care is now the third largest industry in the United States and the largest employer in Otsego County. Fox Hospital employs 680 people in its 135 job classifications.
Cathy Benavides was presented a bouquet in a cup and saucer for 450 hours of service. Miss Benevides resumed her volunteer work after returning from South Africa, where she spent a year as a Rotary exchange student.
Four hundred hour certificates, pins and starts were presented to Teresa Hungerford and Michelle VanDusen, both now SUCO students; Donna Sporer, who is leaving soon for the Air Force; and Amanda Spaulding.
Two hundred hour certificates, pins and stars went to Nicole Christman, Melissa Murphy and Christine Vadney, who were also honored for giving hours to the Muscular Dystrophy telethon.
Others honored were: Ann Margaret Benevides, 150 hour certificate; Cheri Siembor and Jennifer Steifel, 100 hour certificate, cap and pin; Jeanne Allen, Robin Elderkin and Jennifer Wilber, 75 hour certificate; Kathie Long, 50 hour certificate.
Tara VanDusen received a Junior Volunteer patch and pin for completing the training course in the spring.
50 years ago
Nov. 10, 1962
WALTON (Special) — “Given by Walter M. Goldsmith, in memory of his father, Harry M. Goldsmith, a native of Treadwell. He loved to do for others,” is the inscription on the plaque of the Autotechnicon, which was donated Friday morning to Delaware Valley Hospital by Walter M. Goldsmith of Oneonta.
The very special piece of equipment will be used for processing surgical specimens from three hospitals in Delaware County.
The Autotechnicon, manufactured and distributed by the Technicon Corporation, Chauncey, is basically an automatic, self-timed instrument for rapid, controlled processing of tissues removed during surgery.
This instrument is operated by a tissue technologist under the direct supervision of a pathologist, and is an important first step in the preparation of tissue specimens for later study and diagnosis by a pathologist.
This type of instrument is in use in numerous large hospitals throughout the country, and represents a significant contribution to modern patient care in Delaware County.
Dr. Robert V. Schatken, of the hospital staff said, “It’s an essential part of any laboratory for cutting tissues for microscopic examination. The medical staff of the Delaware Valley Hospital is very pleased and very grateful to Mr. Goldsmith for donating it.”