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HONORED -  The Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital Auxiliary recently received a HANDS (Helping Accomplish Noteworthy Duties Successfully) award for its Tree of Life Program. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Dixie Hall, Julia Fowler, Jenny Depew, Frances Day, Pat Yinger, Geri Haynes, (back row) Cheryl Hall, Ann Gillespie, Lucille Polly, Shirley Breeding, Diane Lewis, Brenda DePriest, Janie Smith, ARH President and CEO Jerry Haynes, Martha Sue Blair, Jackie Frazier, WARH CEO Ellen Wright, Irene Smith and WARH Director of Volunteers Rachel Breeding.

HONORED – The Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital Auxiliary recently received a HANDS (Helping Accomplish Noteworthy Duties Successfully) award for its Tree of Life Program. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Dixie Hall, Julia Fowler, Jenny Depew, Frances Day, Pat Yinger, Geri Haynes, (back row) Cheryl Hall, Ann Gillespie, Lucille Polly, Shirley Breeding, Diane Lewis, Brenda DePriest, Janie Smith, ARH President and CEO Jerry Haynes, Martha Sue Blair, Jackie Frazier, WARH CEO Ellen Wright, Irene Smith and WARH Director of Volunteers Rachel Breeding.

The Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital Auxiliary recently received a HANDS (Helping Accomplish Noteworthy Duties Successfully) award for its Tree of Life Program.

The community outreach award was presented to Whitesburg ARH at the Kentucky Hospital Association’s HANDS awards ceremony on May 14.

The Auxiliary consists of 24 women who donate their time to the Whitesburg hospital, patients and their families.

“They are a dedicated group of individuals that want to provide an extra caring touch to all they come in contact with during their time at the hospital,” said Rachel Breeding, Whitesburg ARH director of volunteers.

Breeding said it would be im- possible to name all the tasks the Auxiliary do because they do some many different things.

“Whether it is a special project, providing coffee to visitors, delivering special patient items, working the information desk or just offering a warm smile and a hello, they are a vital part of our health care team,” said Breeding.

Ellen Wright, chief executive officer of Whitesburg ARH, said the Auxiliary is not only an asset to the hospital but is an asset to the community.

“None of us like going to the hospital,” said Jerry Haynes, ARH president and chief executive officer. “When people go to the hospital they are frightened and to have people in the Auxiliary to comfort them is important to us.”

The Tree of Life Program, which the Auxiliary was recently recognized for doing, is a way community members honor loved ones by purchasing a light on the 14-foot pine tree for $5. The recipient of the light or a family member receives a letter from the Auxiliary letting them know that a light has been purchased and they are invited to the tree lighting ceremony.

Last year Auxiliary members sold 545 lights and raised $2,725. More than 200 people attended the tree lighting event.

Money raised from the Tree of Life Program has been used to buy bassinets for the nursery, four flotation mattresses, copiers and fax machines, and decorations for the mammography and MRI suites.

Funds raised in 2007 and 2008 will be used to purchase sleep chairs for patient rooms.

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