They help the staff, patients and visitors in myriad ways, from filling water pitchers to fetching lab bags to delivering flowers. Indeed, it would be hard to do without the 175 men and women who volunteer at Johnston Health.
“Your service is invaluable and inspiring,” CEO Chuck Elliott said during the volunteers’ annual awards banquet on April 9. “In all sorts of meaningful ways, you help us meet the needs of our patients and families.”
Bobby Parker, chairman of Johnston Health Services Corp., thanked the volunteers for giving generously of their time. “Don’t ever forget the value of what you’re doing,” he said. “Your volunteerism is a precious gift.”
Elliott and Parker did the honor of handing out certificates and pins to the volunteers where they sat. As the two walked quickly back and forth across the banquet room to keep up with the program, they were getting a taste of what it’s like to be a volunteer, said April Culver, the vice president who oversees the hospital volunteers.
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Farrah Nguyen, the volunteer coordinator, pointed out a few stats about the volunteers. Last year, the chaplain, hospice and hospital volunteers contributed 39,579 hours for a total value of $832,752.
Helois Daughtry, who began volunteering in September 1984, has contributed the most hours (24,256) and is the longest-serving volunteer.
Also during the banquet, the Rev. Greg McClain honored chaplain volunteer Jim McCarver with the Overa S. Stevens Award for dedicated and faithful service.