At Madison Health, more than 145 active volunteers dedicated more than 24,000 hours this past year to helping patients, visitors, and staff. Almost half of the active volunteers also dedicate time to LifeCare Alliance/Meals on Wheels. Each fall, they are acknowledged and thanked with an annual recognition luncheon at London’s First United Methodist Church.
“Our volunteers are an important part of the Madison Health family,” said Darla Bires, volunteer coordinator. “Their support allows us to provide more quality care to our community and we enjoy taking time to recognize them for their commitment.”
Madison Health volunteers perform important jobs such as greeting patients and their families, managing the gift shop, assisting in administrative work and delivering mail. They also help in various departments of the hospital including the wellness center, pharmacy and lab. Without their dedication and support, Madison Health would not be able to provide such high quality care.
Among those recognized was Kassie France who won the Jean Smith Award after volunteering 772 hours this past year. The Jean Smith Award recognizes the volunteer who has accumulated the most hours in one year and can only be received once.
France began her volunteer experience at Madison Health on Sept. 25, 2007. Since then, she has accumulated a total of 4,383 volunteer hours over eight years. She is cross-trained to cover a multitude of volunteer responsibilities including front desk greeter, mail delivery and providing quality customer service at Edie’s Place, the hospital gift shop. She is always willing to assist hospital employees and her fellow volunteers. She is also an active participant in the Madison Health Auxiliary.
Aden Rozell received the Centerpiece of the Day for his 4,425 hours of service. The Centerpiece of the Day is awarded to the volunteer with the most accumulated hours over the years and can only be received one time. He has been a dedicated volunteer for almost seven years and has divided his time among Materials Management, Edie’s Place and Occupational Health. He is also a driver for Madison Health’s new courtesy cart service.
The following volunteers were also recognized for their hours of service:
100 hours — Jackie Barker, Big Darby Service Council, Benny Bozeman, Clayton Carner, Sam Chheang, Larry Fierbaugh, Marcus Freed, Shauna Good, Cheyenne Greenwell, Sharon Perry, Irina Ryzhaya (Reesha), Donna Sheridan, Faith Simmons and Stonecipher Law Office
500 hours — Helen Puckett, Alvin Rings, Chuck Search and Zuma Torbett
1,000 hours — Marilyn Eberhart, Dottie McCann, Betty Porter and Carol Waggoner
1,500 hours — Jo Ann Cordes, Deanne Davis, Marjorie Hopkins, Marilyn Knox and Janet Ogden
2,000 hours — Marge Berchtold and Nancy Snyder
3,000 hours — Diane Campbell, Anne Carter and Millie Newman
4,000 hours — Gloria Crisp, Kassie France and Aden Rozell
6,000 hours — Linda Houser and Valda Hunter
7,000 hours — Mary Jo Kennedy
Madison Health is truly thankful for each volunteer for their service and dedication to the organization.