ARH Volunteers Recognized at Kentucky Hospital Association Annual Convention


The Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) presented awards to several hospital volunteer groups during the Association’s Auxiliary/Volunteer Luncheon at the 87th Annual KHA Convention in Lexington. The HANDS Awards (Helping Accomplish Noteworthy Duties Successfully) recognize outstanding volunteer/auxiliary programs in hospitals across the state. McDowell ARH Hospital was the recipient of a HANDS Award for a Community Outreach Project. Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center and Whitesburg ARH Hospital were the recipients of a HANDS Award for an In-Service Hospital Project.

HANDS Award for a Community Outreach Project: The McDowell ARH Hospital Tree of Light event has been held for three years.  Auxiliary members contact local businesses, churches, senior citizen centers and others in the community to sell lights for the Christmas Tree “in honor of” or “in memory of” a loved one.  Local funeral homes also make donations for everyone who passed away during the year.  Hospital employees assist at the event by reading the names of everyone represented on the tree.  Special entertainment and refreshments are provided for all who attend.

HANDS Award for an In-Service Hospital Project: The Tug Valley ARH volunteers provide chemotherapy patients with an “Angel of Hope” blanket and gift bag, which includes a mason jar and straw, fan, hand sanitizer, crossword puzzle, pencil and pen and pamphlets by the American Cancer Society.  A special card is attached with a message from Psalms 91:11, “For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.”  The oncology staff let the volunteers know when a patient begins treatment and the volunteer on duty that day delivers the blanket and bag to the patient. The Whitesburg ARH Hospital auxiliary reaches out to families experiencing a tragedy of a fetal or stillborn death.  The auxiliary provides a white hand-crocheted outfit, cap and afghan for the baby and purchases an infant casket.  This offers a valuable service to the family and helps them begin the healing process over the loss of their child.

Projects like this exemplify the dedication of hospital volunteers across Kentucky to their communities.

Accepting the HANDS Award, Russ Barker, McDowell ARH Community CEO; Tootsie Akers, McDowell ARH Auxiliary President; and Patricia Williams, McDowell ARH Volunteer Coordinator.

Accepting the HANDS Award, Tim Hatfield, Tug Valley ARH Community CEO; Cassandra Gregory, Tug Valley ARH Volunteer Coordinator; and Orlean Hopkins, Tug Valley ARH Auxiliary President.

Accepting the HANDS Award, Front row:  Betty Watts, Shirley Breeding, Coleene Hart and Dixie Hall.  Second row:  Diane Lewis, Janice Slone, Jenny Richardson, Betty Wise, Thelma Pigman, Irene Smith, Louise King, Rachel Breeding and Martha Blair.


About the Kentucky Hospital Association: KHA was established in 1929. The Association represents hospitals, related health care organizations and integrated health care systems dedicated to sustaining and improving the health status of the citizens of Kentucky. The Association is headquartered in Louisville.

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