Pen Bay Healthcare announced that Judi Trenholm, director of volunteer services for Penobscot Bay Medical Center, received the Director of Volunteer Excellence Award by the Maine Society Directors of Healthcare Volunteer Services. The DOVE Award recognizes a director of volunteers who demonstrates leadership qualities at the local, state, regional or national levels, and in the management and use of volunteers in his or her institution.

Trenholm received the award in June at the 21st annual Professional Societies Recognition Luncheon during the Maine Hospital Association Summer Forum at the Samoset Resort in Rockport.

“I am honored and excited to be recognized by my MSDHVS colleagues as this year’s DOVE Award recipient,” said Trenholm in a news release. “Being a member of this outstanding group has helped me grow both professionally and personally. The extraordinary Pen Bay volunteers, combined with the strong support of Pen Bay’s leadership, make us all an award-winning team, proud to serve our patients and community.”

“I don’t think there is any award that is more fulfilling than one received by your peers,” said Tom Girard, vice president of Pen Bay Human Resources, in a news release. “Judi has always been recognized for her creativity and leadership abilities within Pen Bay Healthcare, and I am so pleased that her state professional association has also recognized her for her many contributions and advocacy for volunteer programs within health care. All of us at Pen Bay are very proud of Judi and her accomplishments and applaud her for this well deserved honor.”

Trenholm believes strongly in recognizing the outstanding work of Pen Bay volunteers. Fifty-five Pen Bay volunteers received Governor’s Awards for Service and Volunteerism or Presidential Service Awards this year.

One of her especially creative projects was the Pasta Challenge at Pen Bay to create interest and awareness of the accomplishments of the volunteers. She filled a display case with close to 10,000 pieces of pasta in various shapes and sizes, which represented the number of hours volunteers contributed to the hospital. Employees and community members were eligible to win a gift certificate to the hospital Gift Shop if they could guess the number of pasta pieces in the display and the number of hours volunteers contributed.

To offer resources for the knitters who provide TLC for every baby that leaves Pen Bay, Trenholm helped to organize the first annual Baby Blanket Bake Sale and Raffle. She has also recently worked with staff to launch a volunteer pilot program on patient units to meet changing hospital needs.

Trenholm has been an active member of the Maine Society Directors of Healthcare Volunteer Services for five years and is the new president-elect, responsible for educational programming over the next two years. She is also a member of the New England and national associations for volunteer professionals.

For more information on volunteer opportunities at Pen Bay Medical Center, visit or contact Trenholm at 596-8553 or