Barnesville Hospital showed its appreciation to the dedicated people who give of their time and energy to provide volunteer services throughout the year at the annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet on April 17, 2012 at Annie K’s Restaurant, Barnesville. The invocation and benediction for the evening were provided by Jean Cooper, pastor of Somerton/Jerusalem Methodist Churches. Entertainment was provided by Jim & Ruth Mayhugh and Bob Flanagan.
Definition of a volunteer is “someone who serves in a community, primarily because they choose to do so without promise, expectation, or receipt of compensation for services rendered.” In 2011, a total of 155 volunteers gave over 8,700 hours and more than 7,000 meals were delivered by volunteer drivers. These dedicated volunteers go the extra mile to help patients and assist staff. They provide assistance in various areas within the hospital, including solarium, diagnostic imaging, information desk, gift shop, rehabilitation, meal delivery, candy stripers, and Red Cross volunteers.
Teens receiving an award for 100 hours of candy striper service were Jessica Swaboda, Becky Huntsman, Kaylee Callihan, Taylor McCort, Shelly Tolewitz, and Alexis Vogler. Receiving candy striper patches were Casey Glenn, Ashley Ivey, Mariah Leach, Danica Wharton, and Leah Wharton.
Adult volunteers receiving 500 hour awards were Betty Hanes, Cindy Lallathin, and Bonnie Lewis. Wilma Truax received a 1,000 hour pin. Giving 2,000 hours were Helen Detling and Marjorie Hunter, while Freda Powell provided 6,000 hours.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer or helping deliver meals, contact Ruth Anderson at (740) 425-5113, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m.