Granville Health System Auxiliary Awards Volunteers
Harriet C. Edwards, who is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist at the NCSU Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family and Consumer Sciences in Raleigh, was the guest speaker at the recent Granville Health System Auxiliary Awards Banquet.
“Hospital volunteers could be likened to buttons, they come in all shapes, sizes and colors,” said Ms. Edwards. “And like buttons in a box, they all have different purposes.”
Annie Nesbitt knows this first hand. Ms. Nesbitt, who is Granville Health System’s Volunteer Services Coordinator, meets with volunteers, assesses their areas of strengths and preferences, and places each individual in a department that is mutually beneficial. “It is challenging to find the right volunteer for the right area,” says Nesbitt. “We have volunteers coming from many backgrounds. Some just want to give back to the community, while others are seeking office knowledge or want to gain work experience.”
During its 90 years of service, Granville Health System has offered thousands of area residents opportunities to learn trades and gain work experience. Volunteers perform various duties throughout the hospital including working in the Gift Shop, greeting visitors as they arrive, assisting in blood drives, making phone calls, and helping transport patients to and from test areas. They also act as liaisons between families and the Operating Room staff, and help in clerical areas. In addition, Auxiliary members help raise funds for the Granville Health System Foundation through various activities such as accessory sales and jewelry sales.
The number of volunteers seems to grow each year, as do the hours of service they provide. At present the GHS Auxiliary has 62 volunteers. In 2008, Auxiliary volunteers devoted more than 8,500 hours of time to the hospital and its patients. That number grew to over 11,000 hours in 2009. With the 18 new volunteers that joined the Auxiliary this year, an even greater amount of service hours are anticipated for 2010.
“All our volunteers are greatly appreciated because they devote their time, energy, and talents in so many ways,” said L. Lee Isley, Chief Executive Officer of Granville Health System, as he distributed volunteer awards. “Our volunteers are the backbone in providing a service which cannot be measured in dollars, and they are instrumental in helping us provide quality care to our community. We are very grateful for their commitment to us.”
Numerous volunteers received pins for hours of service provided during 2009, as follows:
250 hours of service
Nicole Fields – Materials Management
Jennifer Harris – Materials Management
Mary Henderson – Surgical Services
Anthony Ingandela – Harold Sherman Adult Day Center
Eunice McGhee – Brantwood Nursing & Rehab Center
Mary Myers – Greeter – Volunteer Services
LaWanda Oakley – Human Resources
Mary Throckmorton – Greeter – Volunteer Services
500 hours of service
Kathrine Ingandela – Surgical Services
Marie Liles – Gift Shop
750 hours of service
Roxanne Bean – Brantwood Nursing & Rehab Center
1,000 hours of service
Linda Slaughter – Volunteer Services Time & Attendance
Dawn Marie Omokunde, who recently succeeded Jean Finch as Chairperson of the GHS Auxiliary, is one of the key volunteers. “As volunteers, we see on a daily basis what a tremendous asset Granville Health System is to our community,” said Ms. Omokunde. “We want to help make sure the health system continues to grow and help even more people in Granville County and our region."
“Too many people think that it takes a huge time commitment to volunteer,” says Ms. Nesbitt. “That’s simply not true. Since we’re open all the time, most of our volunteers can find a schedule that’s good for them. They might only volunteer for a couple of hours once or twice a week, or a few times a month.”
“Volunteers help us maintain a caring, community environment within the hospital,” continued Nesbitt. “They are not strangers to most of our patients. They’re friends, neighbors and even family. Our volunteers bring many special attributes to the health system.”
For more information about volunteer opportunities at Granville Health System, call Annie Nesbitt at (919) 690-3446.