Long-time Whitesburg ARH Hospital Auxiliary member Dixie Hall was recognized with the ARH President’s Award for Volunteer Service during Appalachian Regional Healthcare’s recent annual auxiliary appreciation event held at the Tamarack Conference Center in Beckley, West Virginia.
The event is held annually by ARH during National Volunteer Week to recognize the approximately 230 auxiliary members that the system has at its nine hospital locations.
The President’s Award for Volunteer Service is presented to individual auxiliary members for their tireless dedication to outstanding volunteer service.
Hall has been a member of the Whitesburg auxiliary since 1994. She works an average of 160 hours per year. Hall is a faithful auxiliary member working the information desk and providing special need items to the patient care units.
“Ms. Hall is dependable and timely and always participates in special events that the auxiliary holds whether it is a fundraising event or a special program,” said ARH President and CEO Jerry W. Haynes. “She is community-minded and is always ready to lend a helping hand when a special event is being held. She is a member of the Isom Presbyterian Church where she is active in the women’s group. She has a strong commitment to her friends and neighbors and the Appalachian region.”
Averaging 234 hours of service per month, the auxiliary is a valuable asset to Whitesburg ARH Hospital, operating the hospital gift shop and participating in other activities at the hospital. Proceeds from the gift shop are used to assist the hospital in purchasing a variety of items. The auxiliary contributed about $8,000 to the hospital in 2010.
Additionally, the auxiliary has embraced the challenge of community education regarding heart disease. The volunteers have distributed “Go Red For Women” pins throughout the community and with the hospital staff. Members have also participated in displays and been involved in community education about heart disease.
The Whitesburg auxiliary also annually conducts two fundraising bazaars, compiled hygiene kits for victims of the Haiti Earthquake, assisted the facility with fundraising for the Relay for Life, and conducted their annual Tree of Life holiday fundraising event. The auxiliary also made an additional donation toward their $10,000 pledge in November 2010 for the facility’s Build Heal Thrive Capital Campaign, which is a private room and women’s services renovation project. This pledge will result in a room naming opportunity for the Auxiliary.
For more information about volunteer programs at Whitesburg ARH call (606) 633-3572.