SMHC Names Marjorie Oakes the Lauren Shulman Volunteer of the Year for 2018

May 11, 2018

moakes news smAt the Annual Charles and Virginia Allard Volunteer Luncheon, Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) officially thanked their volunteers for contributing more than 25,000 hours in 2017. During the ceremony, 99-year-old Marjorie Oakes from Saco was recognized with the prestigious Lauren Shulman Volunteer of the Year award. Oakes volunteers at the front desk in SMHC’s Biddeford Medical Center. This nomination-based honor is bestowed upon the volunteer/s who best exemplifies “the volunteer spirit,” with enthusiasm and support for the organization, as well as dependability and contributions of time and energy.


"Congratulations to Marjorie for receiving this well-deserved recognition," said SMHC President and CEO Ed McGeachey. "Marjorie has been volunteering at SMHC for more than 12 years and has gifted us 2,200 hours of her time. Marjorie is a dedicated volunteer who warmly welcomes patients and visitors to SMHC’s Medical Center in Biddeford. She is full of spunk with a generous spirit and a ‘can do’ attitude. We are very fortunate to have many devoted volunteers like Marjorie who are vital members of the SMHC team." 


Men and women from all parts of York County volunteer at SMHC. Whether they help a few hours a week or several days a week, volunteers provide a vital link between the medical centers in Biddeford and Sanford and the people they serve. Some volunteers work in areas where they are in direct contact with patients, others are involved in "behind the scenes" activities which enhance the care provided by the hospital. SMHC volunteers are important members of the organization's healthcare team. The age of SMHC volunteers spans almost an entire century, from teenagers to those in their nineties. For more information on volunteering, call Melissa Nadeau in Biddeford at 283-7225 or Kim LaChance in Sanford at 490-7322.


About Southern Maine Health Care
Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is a national award-winning healthcare system with a non-profit mission “to improve the health and health care of the communities we serve.”  SMHC includes a full service, acute care medical center in Biddeford, with York County’s only inpatient mental health unit. Emergency care, surgical services, and diagnostic and therapy services are available at SMHC’s Medical Centers in Biddeford and Sanford. SMHC offers primary care and multi-specialty physician services, diagnostic and therapy services, and Walk-In Care centers in various York County communities including Biddeford, Kennebunk, Saco, Sanford, North Berwick and Waterboro. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited and has been recognized for quality excellence by numerous outside organizations. To learn more about SMHC and SMHC providers, visit,, or


Photo Caption: Ninety-nine-year-old Marjorie Oakes of Saco was named SMHC’s Lauren Shulman Volunteer of the Year for 2018. Marjorie is a greeter at SMHC’s Medical Center in Biddeford. She has been volunteering for more than 12 years and gifted 2,200 hours.


Leslie Roberts
(207) 283-7232