ARH Volunteers Honored at Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event
Whether it is helping patients and visitors with directions, visiting with patients and/or family members, working in hospital gift shops, organizing magazine drives or assisting with hospital events, volunteers are an important part of the ARH healthcare team.
ARH honored the more than 250 men and women who give of their time and talents as volunteers for the ARH system of hospitals in eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia during a special ceremony in their honor on Wednesday, April 26 at the Morgan County Cooperative Extension Office in West Liberty, Ky. Approximately 100 volunteers and staff members attended the Kentucky Derby themed event and enjoyed hearing from the event’s keynote speaker, Mindy Highley, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations & Development from Morehead State University.
During the Volunteer Appreciation Event, the Whitesburg ARH Hospital Auxiliary was presented with the Outstanding ARH Auxiliary Program of the Year Award for its Loving Memory Project.
With 20 members, the Whitesburg ARH Auxiliary averages about 275 Hours of service per month, and volunteers there have donated around $8,000 to the hospital within the last year.
The Loving Memory Project is an outreach to families in Whitesburg ARH’s Obstetrics and Nursery Departments that may experience the tragedy of a stillborn birth or newborn death. Although it doesn’t happen often, when it does occur the auxiliary financially provides for the casket for the infants and a white crocheted outfit, cap and blanket. This project strives to assist grieving families during their time of loss.
Four ARH volunteers with a combined total of over 50 years of service were honored during the volunteer appreciation event with the ARH President’s Award for Volunteer Service. ARH started awarding the President’s Award for Volunteer Service eight years ago in an effort to recognize specific individuals that have contributed greatly to our hospitals and our communities through their volunteer service.
The ARH President’s Award for Volunteer Service Winners included:
Martha Sue Blair
Martha Sue Blair has been involved with the Whitesburg ARH Auxiliary for the past 13 years.
She averages an amazing 150 hours of service in a year. Prior to her time as a volunteer, Martha Sue worked as a nurse in the former Daniel Boone Clinic and then with Dr. Vincent Arroz in the ARH Whitesburg Clinic. When she retired, she immediately put in an application to join the auxiliary. She has a caring heart and a serving personality. She always thinks of others and is always ready to lend a helping hand. Martha also visits the local nursing home on a regular basis to offer support and a kind word to residents.
Jane Fugate from Mary Breckinridge ARH Hospital has faithfully served as a volunteer for 16 years, averaging about 240 hours of service a year. Jane exemplifies the heart of a true volunteer, not only to Mary Breckinridge ARH, but to her entire community. Jane has taught bible school to the children of Leslie County for 30 years. She serves on the local KRADD Aging Council and volunteers at the location nursing home teaching crafts and visiting with residents. For the past 16 years, she has been an active volunteer through the Mary Breckinridge ARH Gift Shop, always spreading good cheer and smiles to patients and staff.
Kurt Lockenvitz from Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center has been a very dedicated volunteer for the past 14 years, averaging about 350 hours of service each year. Kurt works his weekly shift in the gift shop alongside his wife, Sharlene. He is always willing to fill in where needed, even at the last minute. He is not only dedicated to the auxiliary, but to ARH as a whole. He also serves on the Hazard ARH Local Advisory Council and is always looking at ways that we can better serve our patients, families, and staff.
Nell Moore of McDowell ARH Hospital is a dedicated member of that auxiliary, providing the amazing amount of 492 hours of service in 2016. She had the top number of volunteer hours of all of McDowell’s volunteers. Nell takes great pride in the gift shop, always encouraging her fellow volunteers with her positive attitude. She ranks first or second in monthly sales in the gift shop for most of the year. Besides her dedication to ARH, she has raised two of her great grandchildren, is a member of the Hi Hat Community Club and has been the coordinator of an annual charter bus trip to Gatlinburg for the past 20 years. Nell is a wonderful person, a hard worker, a great cook and a tireless volunteer who continually offers her time to help others.