Monday, May 21st, 2018

PHH volunteers honored for years of service

Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2018

Recognizing those who spend their time in service to others was the focus of Parkview Huntington Hospital’s recent Volunteer Luncheon, held in mid-April at College Park Church in Huntington.

Members of the hospital’s volunteer corps were honored for their dedication and length-of-service milestones ranging from 100 to 10,000 hours. Recognized for 100 to 2,500 hours of service were: June Augspurger, Sue Booth, Ellen Eppard, Nancy Getman, James Jones, Ann Miller, Phyllis Pieper, Richard Prange, Carolyn Stephens, Rocky Strickler and Carol Young.

In addition, Phyllis Pieper, a 20-year volunteer, received the 2010 Circle Award. The award honors volunteers who have given 20 years or at least 10,000 hours of service.

PHH Volunteer Coordinator Melanie Hull thanked all of the 48 volunteers who gathered for the festive occasion, noting that their compassion, dependability and conscientiousness are essential to the world-class service the hospital is able to provide. “Our community thinks so highly of this hospital, and a lot of times, that great impression started with a volunteer’s greeting them and offering assistance, and being helpful and kind. It also takes into account all those who work behind the scenes to keep our hospital running so smoothly. You truly have an impact on our patients and their families, and the employees. Please know you are valued and greatly appreciated!”

PHH volunteers perform a variety of functions including greeting visitors and guests, escorting patients from one department to another, assisting with special projects, and more. In addition, some volunteers work in the hospital gift shop, assisting customers with purchases and arranging merchandise. Others provide very specific functions, such as bringing trained therapy dogs to visit patients or providing free blood pressure checks each week in the hospital lobby.

Juli Johnson, PHH president, also paid tribute to the volunteers before stepping into a different role – as the caller for a few fun rounds of bingo. “We are so grateful for all of the ways you make Parkview Huntington a welcoming place for our patients every day,” said Johnson. “And often, that smile or touch or guidance you provide can be the comfort that someone really needs at just the right time. You make a big difference! Thank you!”

The PHH volunteer corps is looking to add new members. There is some flexibility in scheduling, and benefits available to volunteers include free meals (up to $6) in the café on volunteer shift days, free flu shots and more. If anyone is interested in learning about the possibilities, call (260) 355-3319.

Parkview Huntington Hospital recently recognized members of its volunteer corps for the service they render to patients, guests, co-workers and the community. Honored for service milestones of 100 to 2,500 hours were from left Rocky Strickler, Richard Prange, Sue Booth, Carol Young, James Jones, Phyllis Pieper, Ann Miller, Carolyn Stephens, June Augspurger, Nancy Getman and Ellen Eppard.