ARH Volunteers Recognized


ARH celebrated National Volunteer Week at Pine Mountain State Park and Resort with over 100 hospital volunteers being recognized as their “favorite stars.”

Middlesboro ARH and Harlan ARH hospitals were co-hosts to ARH volunteers from Kentucky and West Virginia who received Hollywood star treatment as they walked the red carpet and posed for cameras at the Wall of Stars and enjoyed dressing up in colorful boas, tiaras and fun accessories in a special photo booth. 

ARH volunteers also enjoyed being pampered by the ARH Rejuvenation Center staff (located in Middlesboro across from the hospital), who offered free chair massages, hand lotion and nail files along with information on making your skin glow.

Michael Slusher, community chief executive officer at Middlesboro ARH Hospital, welcomed ARH volunteers to Bell County.  Speakers included Rick Nelson, state representative for Bell and Harlan counties; Amber Philpot, an award-winning news anchor with WKYT-TV in Lexington and Bobby Joe Hooper, a retired professional basketball player and assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers who is now a chaplain at Middlesboro ARH Hospital. Each speaker applauded volunteers for their time and service to others throughout the ARH system.

According to ARH President and CEO Joe Grossman, volunteers are essential to the overall care provided at all ARH facilities. “Whether it is counseling patients as a chaplain, 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, all of our volunteers are an important part of the ARH healthcare team,” stated Grossman. 

Summers County ARH volunteers received the Outstanding ARH Volunteer Program award for 2014.  With 22 members, averaging 384 hours of service per month, the Summers County ARH volunteers were recognized for their fundraising efforts and donations of new food bases and domes to keep patients’ food at appropriate temperatures on their food trays until eaten.

The President’s Award for Volunteer Service for 2014 was given to five outstanding individuals. In total, these five individuals contributed over 75 years of service to ARH through their volunteer efforts.  Winners included Jean Campbell (Mary Breckinridge ARH), Jackie Dozier Goodin (Harlan ARH), Laura “Robbie” Robinson (Beckley ARH), Bonnie Stacy (Hazard ARH) and Betty Watts (Whitesburg ARH).

“ARH is blessed with compassionate volunteers who understand the importance of service, and we are proud that they want to serve in our Kentucky and West Virginia hospitals,” shared Grossman.  

PHOTO: Summers County ARH Volunteers named Outstanding ARH Volunteer Program for 2014. (Left to right) Ruth Thomas, Loretta Patrick, Minnie Vandall, ARH President and CEO Joe Grossman, Betty Lane and Jim Miller

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