Six ARH Volunteers Honored With Annual ARH President’s Award for Volunteer Service


Six ARH volunteers with a combined total of over 75 years of service were honored Wednesday with the ARH President’s Award for Volunteer Service during a special ceremony in their honor at the Belfry First Baptist Church in Belfry, Ky.

ARH started awarding the President’s Award for Volunteer Service seven 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:

Loretta Bolin, a volunteer at McDowell ARH Hospital, who has been involved with the McDowell ARH Auxiliary for the past 7 or 8 years. She has the second-highest number of volunteer hours behind that auxiliary’s president, Tootsie Akers. Loretta averages an amazing 356 hours of service in a year. Loretta always works in the hospital’s gift shop on Friday, but is more than willing to work other shifts when needed as long as it doesn’t interfere with her time at the senior center, which she is very dedicated to as well. She is also very involved in her church and their activities.

Louise King, a volunteer at Whitesburg ARH Hospital, offers a bright smile, a positive attitude, and uplifting word for all and manages to see the best side of people. Her laughter and feistiness is contagious. Louise takes great pride in her role as an auxiliary member and is always looking for new ideas for serving patients and their families. She averages 195 hours of service each year. Louise openly shares that she joined the auxiliary because she “loves doing things for others and receives a great blessing from it”.
Louise is the mother of two sons and the grandmother to “the apple of her eye” a granddaughter named Kennedy. Louise is very active in her faith and her service to her church. She feels that it is important to share the love of Christ with others. In fact, Louise was instrumental in developing the partnership between the auxiliary and the Calvary Campus. It was Louise’s idea to have the people visiting the campus to make prayer pillowcases for our patients. This idea was such a success that Calvary Campus now gets hundreds of requests for them and they are now called Louise’s Prayer Pillowcases. Louise is a bright light in the Whitesburg auxiliary and is a truly giving individual that is proud to share her talents with others in service.

Jim Miller, a volunteer from Summers County ARH Hospital, has faithfully served the Summers County Auxiliary for 13 years and currently averages over 200 hours of service annually. Jim currently is acting as President for the auxiliary and is a regularly works in the gift shop, trains new members, and is involved in all facets of the auxiliary. He has also been serving as the President, for the second time, of the Southeastern district of the volunteer group associated with the West Virginia Hospital Association this year. This group serves six counties in the state.

In the community, Jim has also been involved in Ruritan Club, Democratic Executive Committee, Retired Railroad Employees group, and his church. Jim is also well-known for his faithful chauffer abilities with the other Summers County auxiliary members for these annual meetings. Jim’s dedication to ARH and the auxiliary was even more evident this past year. Even with the responsibility of caring for ill loved ones and enduring the loss of several dear family members during the time span of just a few months, Jim remained committed to ARH and his auxiliary responsibilities.

Pam Rose, a volunteer at Morgan County ARH for the past 12 years, is committed to serving the needs of the patients and staff at the hospital. This past year, Pam served as the Gift Shop manager and was in charge of all of the store ordering. She averages about 112 hours of service a year and will always step up when needed and is always in attendance for meetings and community events. She led the auxiliary committee that was responsible for the purchase of sleeper chairs for each of the patient rooms. She is also helping with organizing the purchase of reading lamps for each patient room in 2016.

Pam is also involved in the community and is a member of the West Liberty United Methodist Church. She is a shining example of what community service is all about and a valuable asset to both the auxiliary and staff at Morgan County ARH Hospital.

LaDonna Smith, a volunteer from Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center, has served as a volunteer for approximately 35 years and averages 175 hours of volunteer service each year. LaDonna tells the story that someone spoke to the group of ladies from the Circle Group at her church about volunteering at ARH and she has been a volunteer ever since. She truly believes in ARH’s mission of service and has been such a faithful volunteer. She is faithful to her weekly shift in the gift shop and has gained many awards through her service. And always displays these awards proudly on her volunteer apron. She also helps with preparing baked goods for staff appreciation events or the annual bazaar. She regularly attends all volunteer meetings and events. She takes great pride in performing her volunteer duties and exemplifies what it means to be a dedicated volunteer.

Genny Tichenor, a volunteer at Beckley ARH Hospital, has volunteered at Beckley ARH for 5 years and averages 200 hours of volunteer service each year. However, Genny actually worked for ARH for 43 years and retired in May 2003, but started volunteering in May 2011 and has worked tirelessly ever since. Genny runs the first floor information desk every Monday where she greets visitors, gives directions, answers questions and finds wheelchairs for patients. She also helps keep discharge folders ready for the nursing floors by filling them with necessary paperwork. 
In 2015, Genny was elected auxiliary secretary. Genny is also the volunteer that calls and reminds everyone else about meetings, fundraisers, and special events. She also chairs the auxiliary’s monthly workshops where they make tray favors and sew splint pillow for patients. The workshop itself takes about 4 hours per month and then Genny does a lot of pre planning and organizing. Genny is an overall great volunteer who is truly committed to ARH and we are very thankful for her many years of service.

Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) system is a not-for-profit health system operating 11 hospitals, multi-specialty physician practices, home health agencies, home medical equipment stores and retail pharmacies in Kentucky and West Virginia. ARH employs around 5,000 people with an annual payroll and benefits of $297 million generated into our local economies. ARH also has a network of more than 600 active and courtesy medical staff members. ARH is the largest provider of care and single largest employer in southeastern Kentucky and the third largest private employer in southern West Virginia, and is consistently recognized for its medical excellence.

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