Hospital volunteers honored for efforts

July 09, 2007

Washington County Hospital Auxilians and guests gathered at the Church of the Brethren on June 20 to celebrate their 55th anniversary.

The event, called "55 and Alive," included a special tribute to Lois Harrison, who has been an active volunteer since the 1960s and served as president of the auxiliary from 1974 to 1976.

Linda Hovis, auxiliary president, thanked Harrison for her dedication to the group. She also noted that Harrison organized and wrote much of the June Day skits that have become an auxiliary tradition.

James Hamill, president and CEO of Washington County Health System, thanked the volunteers for their many hours of dedicated service. He said that the work of the auxiliary is "so broad that it touches everyone in our community. And we are especially proud of your work with Volunteens because you are nurturing the next generation of healthcare providers."


This year, the auxiliary raised $24,347.41 in various fundraising events, which will be contributed to the new hospital, planned for the Robinwood Medical Center campus. The group also raised $17,630 through its annual Tree of Lights event. Those funds were donated to a lightweight urological camera for surgical services and equipment headboards for the emergency department.

Many auxilians and Volunteens received pins for the hours that they have contributed in volunteer service to the hospital. Hovis reported that from May 2006 to April 2007, volunteers contributed 45,562 hours of service. Since the auxiliary started in 1952, volunteers have contributed 3,029,883 hours helping to care for patients in the health system.

The auxiliary honored health system employees who have provided outstanding service to the organization. Recognized as honorary members were staff members:

· Martha Wilson, nursing services

· Stephen Dodson, information services

· Cindy Eichelberger, finance

· Eileen Kerslake, auxiliary office

· Craig Metz, gift shop

· Hazel Powell, hospitality service

· Dennis Yost, emergency department.

The auxiliary was formed in 1952, growing and changing since then to meet modern hospital needs for volunteer assistance. Opportunities are available for many areas of service at Washington County Hospital. To find out more, call 301-790-8486.

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