MCH volunteers recognized for service at annual awards luncheon
September 13, 2013
At Madison County Hospital, more than 120 active volunteers dedicated more than 21,000 hours this past year to helping patients, visitors, and staff. Almost half of the active volunteers also dedicate time to LifeCare Alliance/Meals on Wheels. Each fall, they are acknowledged and thanked with an annual recognition luncheon.
"Our volunteers are an invaluable resource for us," said Darla Bires, Volunteer Coordinator. "We have a long history of volunteer support and enjoy taking time to recognize them for their commitment to our community and the hospital."
MCH volunteers perform important jobs such as greeting patients and their families, managing the gift shop, assisting in administrative work and delivering mail. They also help in various departments of the hospital including the wellness center, pharmacy and lab. Without their dedication and support, MCH would not be able to provide such high quality care.
Among those recognized was Barbara Geesling who won the Jean Smith Award after volunteering 651 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.
Barbara has been an MCH volunteer since May of 2010, one month after she retired from the hospital. Since that time she has accumulated 1,845 volunteer hours. In addition to volunteering at the front desk and in Edie's Place, the hospital gift shop, Barbara is the secretary of the Auxiliary. She makes sure all volunteers receive birthday cards, get well cards and sympathy cards throughout the year.
Linda Houser received the Centerpiece of the Day for her 5,037 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. Linda has volunteered at MCH, been an active Auxiliary member and has delivered food to local residents with LifeCare Alliance/Meals on Wheels for more than 20 years.
The following volunteers were also recognized for their hours of service:
100 hours — Jane Anderson, Tori Broshes, Lucy Burris, Dalton Fisher, Haley Hughes, Hurt-Battelle Library, Tim Kohr, Adam Lambert, Maria Leija-Schinke, Leslie Main, Thomas Main, Brittany Markley, Juanita Simkins, McKenzie Tomasch and Zuma Torbett
500 hours — Nanette Bobb, Deanne Davis, Patty Davis, Marilyn Knox, Peggy Link, Peg Saupe-Nisbet, Doris Spahn, Staples, Cora Sturgill and Jack Watkins
1,000 hours — Huntington London, Edna McHugh, Barbara Sidebotham, Ellen Simpson, West Jefferson Student Council
1,500 hours — Diane Byers, Pam Farlow, Brenda Freed, Barbara Geesling, Joan Hedges and Millie Newman
2,000 hours — Anne Carter and Millie Newman
3,000 hours — Kassie France and Aden Rozell
5,000 hours — Linda Houser
9,000 hours — Carolyn Gilliland
Congratulations to all the award winners and thanks to our volunteers!