Answering the call of service - ARH staff volunteers at Day of Hope
Summers County and Beckley ARH volunteers gather under the Health Services tent
When organizers of the recent Day of Hope event in Beckley needed volunteers, Beckley and Summers County ARH staff were some of the first to answer the call and offer their time and service to help those in need.
According to Summers County ARH Community CEO Wes Dangerfield, when there is a need in the community, the ARH family is there, extending a helping hand.
“We understand the call to serve others. It’s what we do every day for the people who come to our hospital,” shared Dangerfield. “We walk the talk and fulfill the ARH mission by taking care of the people of Appalachia. I am proud of the many ARH staff members who serve others outside the hospital by volunteering to work community events, participate in church and school activities, serve on community boards, or join civic organizations.”
The Day of Hope event was a well-organized community-wide effort involving 1,000 volunteers all dedicated to assisting those in need.
“It was a real honor to co-facilitate the health services offered at the Day of Hope event,” said Dangerfield. “763 people visited our tent. Our ARH team worked closely with other volunteer healthcare professionals to provide needed health assessments and screenings. No one knew what to expect since this was the first Day of Hope event to be organized in West Virginia. The people in our region stepped up and gladly answered the call of service to volunteer their time and talents to help others.”
One of the volunteers who assisted with health services was Nesta Logan, Director of Diagnostic Services at Summers County ARH.
“Nothing can compare with the outpouring of care and concern that was shown by the many community volunteers during the Day of Hope event,” shared Logan. “We saw individuals that were identified by the health services team as having symptoms of diabetes, high blood pressure and even possible heart problems. These people needed our screenings and expertise.”
Logan noted that one of the most touching moments was when a young mother holding her baby in one arm while holding the hand of her preschooler told us she had no means of following up with her own healthcare.
“There are so many people in this region who have physical, emotional and spiritual needs,” added Logan. “I was overwhelmed by the hope I saw in the eyes of the people who participated in the event.”
According to Dangerfield, the Day of Hope event was a huge success with over 3,000 guests receiving free groceries, services and gifts.
“Day of Hope was a tremendous blessing,” added Dangerfield. “Our communities came together and focused on the needs of the people, and at the end of the day, it was all about making a real difference in their lives.”
Summers County ARH Hospital is a member of the Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) system. ARH is a not-for-profit health system serving 350,000 residents across Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia. Operating 10 hospitals, multi-specialty physician practices, home health agencies, HomeCare Stores and retail pharmacies, ARH is the largest provider of care and single largest employer in southeastern Kentucky and the third largest private employer in southern West Virginia.
The ARH system employs nearly 5,000 people and has a network of more than 600 active and courtesy medical staff members representing various specialties. Firmly committed to its mission of improving the health and promoting the well-being of all people in Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia, in the past 12 months alone, ARH provided nearly $133 million in uncompensated care for the uninsured and underinsured.