Northeast Georgia Health System volunteers were recently honored at the hospital's 2019 Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.
Nearly 250 volunteers were recognized with service awards, representing a cumulative total of 263,675 volunteer service hours – equivalent to a value of $6.5 million dollars, according to a NGHS news release. In 2018 alone, volunteers contributed nearly 70,000 hours of service which is the equivalent of 41 full-time employees and a value of more than $1.7 million to the organization.
“Our loyal and dedicated volunteers give of their time to selflessly serve each and every day,” said Ellen Toms, president of The Medical Center Auxiliary. “Their commitment to our health system and community is certainly worthy of recognition.”
Robin Prechter, Life Member of the Auxiliary, was honored with the 2019 Nell Whelchel Wiegand Patient Friend Award and Henry Monroe, Lifeline Program volunteer, also received a prestigious honor – the Marjorie Covington Smith Auxilian of the Year Award.
NGMC’s Lifeline Program was also recognized for celebrating 35 years of service. Led by Dianne Appling for more than 31 years, Lifeline volunteers have donated more than 44,000 hours, driven more than 1 million miles and installed more than 3,000 units for seniors living within 13 counties in northeast Georgia.
Additional Auxiliary volunteer honorees included Lorena Collins, who has given more than 25,500 hours of service during 56 years; MaryAnna Wicker, who has given more than 12,500 hours of service; and Lee Highsmith, who has given more than 9,500 hours of service.
Since the Auxiliary’s inception 68 years ago, volunteers have now contributed 2 million hours of service – a cumulative value of $50.8 million – and more than $8.5 million in monetary contributions to benefit NGHS.
For more information about volunteering with The Medical Center Auxiliary, visit nghs.com/volunteer.