Hospital volunteers logged over 20,000 hours this past year
(Posted Oct. 1, 2012)
At Madison County Hospital, more than 120 active volunteers dedicated more then 20,000 hours this past year to helping patients, visitors and staff. Each fall, they are acknowledged and thanked at a recognition luncheon. This year’s luncheon took place on Sept. 10, one day before the hospital’s 50th anniversary.
“Our volunteers are so important to us,” said Darla Bires, volunteer coordinator. “We have a long history of volunteer support and enjoy taking time to recognized them for their commitment to our community and the hospital.”
Hospital volunteers perform important jobs such as greeting patients and their families, managing the gift shop, assisting in administrative work, and delivering meals on wheels. They also help in various departments of the hospital including the wellness center, pharmacy and lab.
Among those recognized was Anne Carter who won the Jean Smith Award flor volunteering 539 hours this past year. The Jean Smith Award recognizes the volunteer who has accumulated the most hours in one year and can only be received once.
Carter has been a hospital volunteer since July 3, 2006. Since that time she has accumulated 1,619 volunteer hours. In addition to volunteering at the front desk and in Edie’s Place, the hospital gift shop, Carter is the president of the Auxiliary and helps with the group’s book and jewelry sales, Bake-nic and Fall Fling.
Elsie Slagle won Centerpiece of the Day for her 4,811 hours of service. The Centerpiece of the Day is awarded to the volunteer with the most accumulated hours over the years and can only be received one time. Elsie started volunteering in November 1962.
The following volunteers were also recognized for their hours of service:
• 100 hours: Ted Booth, Harriett Dana, Jenny Hunter, Rebekka Knoll, Dottie McCann, Nissen Chemitec employees, Betty Porter, Ellen Simpson, Harold Sturgill, Carol Waggoner and Bev Woodard;
• 500 hours: Bill Anderson, Pat Arbogast, Betsy Daulton, Marilyn Eberhart, Sally Lane, Wilson Lehman, Cora Miller, Levi Miller, Michael O'Reilly and Ellen Simpson;
• 1,000 hours: Diane Crisp, Glenn Feyh, Brenda Freed, Barb Geesling, Marjorie Hopkins, Bill Manns, Millie Newman and Nancy Snyder;
• 1,500 hours: Marge Berchtold, Anne Carter and Bill Klaco;
• 2,000 hours: Diane Campbell, Kassie France, Lillie Reynolds, Aden Rozell, Barb Schwab Klaco and Savannah Wilson;
• 3,000 hours: Gloria Crisp;
• 4,000 hours: Linda Houser and Elsie Slagle; and
• 5,000 hours: Thelma Collins.