Hospital Volunteer Earl Hannah Prepares to Pass Baton with 4,000 Hours of Service
After 4,000 hours of volunteer service, 88-year-old Earl Hannah is preparing to pass the baton in November to his “trainee,” Lynn Miracle. At age 63, Miracle is the junior partner in the team that repairs wheelchairs at Venice Regional Bayfront Health.
A self-effacing, retired truck mechanic, Hannah shrugs off praise for his 17-plus years of service to the hospital.
“I kind of like it. It’s something else to do,” he said. “One day a week, I figure, what the heck? It gives me something to do.”
Hannah began with the Hospital Volunteers of Venice as a front-door greeter, then started repairing electric motors on beds and putting wheelchairs back into service. The hospital’s engineering team could count on Hannah arriving before 7 a.m. every Wednesday to tackle the day’s projects – and have coffee waiting for the crew.
During an informal ceremony in November 2016, the engineering team recognized Hannah with a plaque, and Miracle prepared to assume the lead role for wheelchair repair. Retired from military service, Miracle was recruited to the hospital by his wife, Diana, who already was volunteering at Venice Regional.
“Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve had a mechanical nature. I enjoyed taking things apart and fixing them,” said Miracle, who has already logged 200-plus hours as a hospital volunteer. He enjoys the hospital’s community feel, striking up conversations as he walks through the facility.
“Earl and Lynn represent the amazing dedication of our volunteers,” said Ingrid Tetreault, Venice Regional’s patient advocate and volunteer coordinator. “We are fortunate to have more than 500 volunteers serving in a variety of roles. They are essential to the quality of care we provide.”
“If you enjoy making a difference in the lives of others and like to have fun, all it takes is four hours a week. We would be happy to have you join us,” Tetreault said.
To inquire about volunteering at Venice Regional, please call (941) 483-7050.
The Venice Regional facilities engineering team honors volunteer Earl Hannah (center) with a plaque commemorating his 17-plus years of service. Also pictured are volunteer Lynn Miracle (far right) and Ingrid Tetreault, Venice Regional’s patient advocate and volunteer coordinator.