Bryn Mawr Hospital mourns the death of long-time volunteer, Pauline T.
(“Polly”) Toland, a much beloved member of the hospital family who
passed away on April 29th following a brief illness. Polly began
volunteering at BMH in 1974. In the succeeding decades, she accumulated
over 16,650 hours of volunteer service!
Many remember Polly as a volunteer greeter at the information desk in
the old Emergency Department. She also worked in various units on the
patient floors in an era when volunteers performed many duties that
today require a nursing degree. Most recently, Polly was a familiar face
at the Information Desk in the new Bodine Lobby.
In November of 2011, the Gerhard Society honored Polly with The Gerhard
Award in recognition of her nearly 40 years of dedicated service to Bryn
Mawr Hospital. A leadership donor since 1990, Polly was also a member of
the 1893 Society which recognizes donors who have supported the hospital
for 20 or more consecutive years. Polly is also remembered for her many
years of service on the Bryn Mawr Hospital Women’s Board, including a
term as its President. She remained a sustaining member until her death,
continuing to lead the Women’s Board’s annual Nursing Excellence Appeal.
Thanks to her unwavering commitment, the appeal has raised over $80,000
for nursing recruitment, retention and continuing education initiatives.
2011 Gerhard Award are, from left: Polly Toland,
Joan Narrigan, and Lana Crawford. Also pictured
are Edward C. Rorer, Chair of the BMH Foundation
Board, and hospital President, Andrea Gilbert.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.