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Volunteers honored at annual awards luncheon
September 18, 2014
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At Madison County Hospital, more than 145 active volunteers dedicated more than 24,000 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 integral part of our healthcare facility," said Darla Bires, Volunteer Coordinator. "We have a long history of volunteer support and enjoy taking time to recognize them for their commitment."

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 Millie Newman who won the Jean Smith Award after volunteering 796 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.

Millie began volunteering in February 2009, just five months after retiring from MCH.  During her 30-year tenure at the hospital, Millie filled many positions such as Nursing Manager of the Maximum Care Unit and Unit III.  She also acted as the Interim Nursing Manager of the Intensive Care Unit, the IP Rehab Unit and served as the Infection Control nurse for many years. 

Spending so many years at MCH as an employee meant that Millie would fit very well into many special volunteer roles.  Since 2009, she has volunteered in the Lab, Pharmacy, Wellness Center, Physical Therapy Department and Edie's Place.  She has also dedicated countless volunteer hours at front desks and delivering mail.  Millie is an active participant in the MCH Auxiliary and serves as the organization's current president.

Bev Dhume received the Centerpiece of the Day for her 3,912 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. She began volunteering at MCH more than 15 years ago and, during that time, has been a dedicated Edie’s Place volunteer and MCH ambassador.

The following volunteers were also recognized for their hours of service:

100 hours — Adrian Bailey, Robert Bailey, Kristen Dunlap, Matt Dunlap, Melody Earles, Maria Elliott, Phillip Hankins, Karen Kennedy, Rachel Moos, Helen Puckett, Peter Rasmussen, Donna Reeder and Fred Reeder

500 hours — Becky Call, Harriet Dana, Jefferson Industries, Dottie McCann, Sue McClelland, Mary McNary, Steve Nisbet, Lu Pierce, Betty Porter and Carol Waggoner

1,000 hours — Bill Anderson, Marilyn Knox, Doris Spahn and Jack Watkins

1,500 hours — Mary Lou Sanders, Barbara Sidebotham, Ellen Simpson and Nancy Snyder

2,000 hours — Diane Byers, Barbara Geesling, Bill Klaco and Howard Reynolds

3,000 hours — Florin Kraft and Linda Wilson

5,000 hours — Elsie Slagle

6,000 hours — Vi Carter

7,000 hours — Grace Feyh

Congratulations to all the award winners and thanks to our volunteers!

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