Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center in Leitchfield celebrated their volunteers with a brunch on Thursday, April 7 at the Centre on Main.
National Volunteer Week is April 10-16 this year, and the current volunteers were honored for giving over 9,300 hours of their time during 2015 serving the hospital, patients, visitors and employees. Over the course of their careers volunteering at the hospital, the current group has combined to volunteer over 58,000 hours.
Volunteers at Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center (TLRMC) do many things to serve the hospital, including greeting visitors at the Information Desk, running the Gift Shop, making handmade Sock Monkeys for children, delivering flowers to cheer patients on holidays, taking the coffee cart to serve visitors, keeping the Chapel clean and inviting, providing scholarships to GCHS students, and purchasing equipment for the hospital.
For the first time ever, the volunteers recently presented two $500 scholarships to TLRMC employees who are going to school in order to better their careers at the hospital.
During the program, Auxiliary officers for 2016/2017 were installed; Judy Young, president; Mary Hunt, first vice-president; Jean Hibbard, second vice-president; Pat Murphy, secretary; Jackie Glasscock, treasurer; and Fran Abell, chaplain. Volunteer Shirley Martin is the gift shop manager at the hospital.
Speakers at the brunch included TLRMC Volunteer program co-directors Patty Bratcher and Bill Oldham, TLRMC CEO Wayne Meriwether, outgoing president Charlotte Shaw and incoming president Judy Young.
Patty Bratcher thinks the women and men who make up the volunteers are amazing.
“These people give thousands of hours of their time to make our hospital better and to help our patients,” Bratcher said. “We laugh and cry together.”
As the primary overseer of the hospital’s gift shop, Bratcher is especially grateful for the work of the volunteers there.
“We have a wonderful gift shop, but it wouldn’t be possible without them,” she said.
“At TLRMC we are blessed with an active group of volunteers that makes it their mission to serve the needs of others,” said Wayne Meriwether, CEO at Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center. “We understand they could spend their time in many ways, and we’re just thankful they choose to spend it serving our patients, visitors and staff. They are a critical part of our healthcare team, and we’re appreciative of everything they do.”
“I was a little reluctant when I was first put in charge of the volunteers,” said Oldham. “But as I told them during the brunch, I am now so thankful for the opportunity to work with them. I consider them friends.”
During the brunch, the hospital presented the second annual Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center Volunteer-of-the-Year award. The recipients of this year’s award were Esther and Gene Gift. Mr. and Mrs. Gift have been volunteering at the hospital since 2003 and do many things for the Volunteer Auxiliary. In 2015, Nedra Thomas was the first ever recipient of the award.
In addition to providing a breakfast buffet prepared by K’s Cafe, the hospital presented each volunteer with a pin commemorating the number of hours they have given to the hospital and a small token of their appreciation. Newly elected officers were presented with ferns, a tradition with the TLRMC Volunteer program.