(May 20, 2011 – Slidell, LA) – Slidell Memorial Hospital volunteers range in age from 16 to over 80 years old. They give thousands of hours to the community, serving countless patients, visitors and medical personnel in numerous ways throughout the year.
"These are caring people who want to enrich lives, their own and those of the people they touch,” said Bruce Clement, SMH Chief Ancillary Officer. "Our volunteers make a real difference to everyone at SMH, whether you're a patient or a staff member. What I also find inspirational is that many have volunteered at SMH for 10, 20, 30 and even 40 years.”
To honor those volunteers, SMH hosted a week of activities recently to show the organization's appreciation, including a special bingo party and the annual Awards Luncheon, all as part of National Volunteer Week celebrations at SMH.
At the awards lunch, the Gift Shop Volunteers were named 2011 Volunteers of the Year. Members of this hard-working group are: Jack Bowman, Lillian Casey, Edith Cocran, Shirley Elmore, Silvia Esteves, Marjorie Huff, Bea Kan, Joyce Moore, Catherine Predergast, Betty Rines, Katherine Scallan and Lucie Tachdjian.
"Almost every volunteer at SMH has gone above and beyond their normal assignment. Many of the volunteers have rearranged their personal schedules to be of service to SMH,” said SMH Volunteer Coordinator Laurie Manley. "The Gift Shop Volunteers were chosen because they've had to deal with a lot of changes in the last year, increased workloads, constantly changing merchandise and, some days, insane working conditions thanks to my never-ending projects.”
The 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award, given to volunteers reaching 20 or more years of service at SMH, was presented to Edith Cocran and Jean Werner. "Both of these volunteers have given unselfishly to Slidell Memorial. They truly have chosen SMH as their hospital for life,” said Manley.
Certificates and service pins were also distributed to volunteers reaching milestones, including: Viola Cocran (41,500 hours), Jack Bowman (20,000 hours), Catherine Prendergast (15,000 hours), Red Oulliber (15,000 hours), Edith Cocran (9,000 hours), Colleen Dale (6,500 hours), Carol Varnado (6,000 hours), Carroll Boswell (5,500 hours), Marjorie Huff (5,500 hours), Betty Rines (5,500 hours), Dee Jensen (5,000 hours), Charles Starnes (4,500 hours), Jean Gremillion (4,000 hours), Lucie Tachdjian (3,500 hours), Lurlene Rodgers (3,000 hours), Bea Kan (2,500 hours), James Comeaux (2,000 hours), Rusti Buzbee (500 hours), Randy Guste (500 hours), Mary Hostler (500 hours), Richard Matthews (500 hours), Katherine Scallon (500 hours), Charles Catlett (100 hours), Nadeen Cooley (100 hours), Shirley Elmore (100 hours) and Theresa Fitzmorris (100 hours).
Contact Manley at (985) 649-8531 or visit http://www.slidellmemorial.org/ for additional information on volunteering at SMH.
Slidell Memorial Hospital is a full-service 182-bed acute care not-for-profit community hospital located at 1001 Gause Blvd., in the heart of Slidell. Founded in 1959, SMH serves as a primary healthcare resource for families in St. Tammany Parish, La.; Pearl River County, Miss.; and the greater Mississippi Gulf Coast region. For more information, visit http://www.slidellmemorial.org/ . The hospital's main phone number is (985) 643-2200.
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