Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital received a HANDS Award for an In- Service Hospital Project from the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) during the auxiliary/volunteer luncheon on May 8 at the 85th annual KHA Convention in Lexington.
The HANDS Awards (Helping Accomplish Noteworthy Duties Successfully) recognize outstanding volunteer/ auxiliary programs in hospitals across the state.
The “ Silver Spoon” project is a favorite of the WARH auxiliary. The auxiliary purchases silver baby spoons that are engraved with the WARH auxiliary name on the handle. The spoon is in a plastic sleeve and members tie the spoons with pink or blue ribbons with a congratulatory card. Spoons are presented to new parents by an auxiliary member the day after delivery, and have become a favorite keepsake of families.
“The auxiliary began the Silver Spoon project about 15 years ago,” said Rachel Breeding, the WARH auxiliary coordinator. “Auxiliary members deliver around 500 silver spoons to new parents each year. It’s become a proud tradition at Whitesburg ARH, and our auxiliary is thrilled to win the prestigious HANDS award.”