Viola Cocran

Viola Cocran, 90, who volunteered at Slidell Memorial Hospital since its inception, passed away on September 29, 2013. A memorial service was held at the Slidell Methodist Church in Olde Town (3rd Street and Erlanger) on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 3 p.m. In remembrance, in lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to the SMH foundation.

Cocran, who retired just last year, served 50 years of volunteer service at SMH. 

Cocran started her journey with SMH in the early 1950s. She served on the steering committee that lobbied to establish the hospital. She stood proudly next to other community leaders when SMH broke ground.

"Without Viola’s hard work, dedication and determination, SMH would not be the hospital this community has come to trust,” said SMH Chief Executive Officer Bill Davis.

Cocran has held many different volunteer positions during her career at SMH. She has volunteered in Administration, Information Technology Services, Patient Relations, Medical Staffing and Volunteer Services. Many days, Cocran was the first person in the office and the last to leave for the day. She demonstrated her commitment and personal belief in SMH’s mission to improve the quality of life in this community by volunteering Monday through Friday throughout her entire career. And this dedication never wavered.

Although many of her volunteer hours were not tracked in the early years, she accumulated more than 50,000 hours since 1990.

"Viola has given SMH and this community an amazing gift. She has not only given her time, but her heart and soul as well,” shared SMH Chief Operating Officer Bruce Clement.

Viola has served as Auxiliary President three times, held all Board positions at least once and chaired most of the committees at one time or another. She has been honored with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s Ageless Hero of Louisiana Award, AARP’s Exceptional Community Service Award, New Orleans City Businesses Health Care Hero Award, Louisiana Hospital Associations’ Auxilian of the Year Award, SMH’s Volunteer of the Year Award—eight times—and SMH’s Lifetime Achievement Award.



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