ARH Auxiliaries honored at volunteer appreciation event


Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) honored volunteers throughout its 10-hospital system during their annual volunteer appreciation event on April 9 at the Hazard Community and Technical College in Hazard, Ky. 

According to event organizer Amanda Fryman, ARH celebrates and honors its 200 auxiliary members every April during National Volunteer Week with a special luncheon and awards program. Approximately 100 volunteers and staff members were in attendance at this year’s event and all 10 of ARH’s hospitals were represented. 

“This year’s event had a 50’s theme,” shared Fryman. “Several of the ladies wore sweaters and poodle skirts, and even a few of the men in attendance got into the action by wearing their white t-shirts and rolled-up jeans.” 

Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center Auxiliary and the Mary Breckinridge ARH Hospital Auxiliary served as hosts for the event. The guest speaker was Brandon Robinson, WYMT-TV weatherman. 

During the event, each of the ARH auxiliaries was honored.

The Outstanding Auxiliary Program award went to:

  • Beckley ARH Hospital Auxiliary for their fundraising efforts associated with weekly popcorn sales in the hospital lobby.

Also, the following individuals were honored with the President’s Award for Volunteer Service:

  • Joanne Duvall, Summers County
  • Coleene Hart, Whitesburg
  • Ernestine Hensley, Hazard
  • Martha Raye Mosley, Mary Breckinridge
  • June Sutton, Harlan.

Combined, these five ladies have contributed over 60 years of volunteer service to ARH and have worked tirelessly in their local communities.

“ARH is blessed to have such a giving and compassionate group of volunteers,” stated Fryman. “Each year we look forward to honoring them for all they do for ARH hospitals and their communities.”

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