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April 19, 2011

Last Friday evening Scotland Health Care System honored the dedicated men and women of the Volunteer Auxiliary at a banquet in the WR Dulin Conference Center.

President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Wood opened the banquet with the statement that as he looked around the room he saw a group of people who embodied community ownership. "You take pride in what happens here at Scotland Health Care System and you do make a difference. Whether it's at the front desk, on a nursing unit, at the Morgan Center, or one of our other facilities, you show you care. The communities we serve have some difficult demographics and to be able to care for our patients and serve the family members the way we do doesn't happen only because of those we hire. It's because of people like you who really care about their friends, neighbors, relatives, and loved ones. You do this because you want to.

"We are going to recognize some very special people tonight who have reached some milestones in their volunteer service," Mr. Wood continued. "Thanks for coming in daily, weekly, yearly, and for decades. On behalf of the staff, the physicians, and our board we thank you for all you do."

Following entertainment by The Silver Chords, a gospel group from Bennettsville, the guests were treated to a delicious dinner served by Morrison's Catering.

Auxiliary President Margaret Herring addressed the group of about 80 with these comments. "Our volunteers play a vital role in the every day operations of Scotland Health Care System. You lend a helping hand in key areas by providing hospitality services that otherwise would not be available. It is often the face of a volunteer which our patients and visitors see first. Each of you has certainly fulfilled the mission and vision of the Auxiliary to provide high quality and compassionate service." She then presented a check to Mr. Wood in the amount of $570,583.75, which represents the value of the volunteer hours Scotland Health Care System received in the past year.

Scotland Health Care System's Volunteer Auxiliary includes the adult and junior volunteers, the Service League, and those who volunteer at the Edwin Morgan Center. Together, these 201 volunteers gave a total of 26,838 hours last year. Each adult volunteer was recognized for the hours given in 2010 and received a tote bag gift.
Special recognition was given to those who received the President's Award:
Dora Abernethy - Silver
Alison Barfield - Bronze
Theo Barnes - Silver
Gillie Edwards - Silver
Debbie Freshcorn - Silver
Cathy Greene - Gold
Michael Grieselding - Gold
Janice Herndon - Gold
Phillip Jones - Gold
Sonya Jones - Bronze
Bobby Lowery - Lifetime
Lymus McMillion - Gold
Marian McRae - Gold
Nellie Montgomery - Silver
Ercel Quick - Gold
Frederica Stuckey - Gold
Sarah Thompson - Gold
Aaron Williams - Gold

President Elect Joyce Smith gave a tribute to the volunteers lost within the past year. "I'm familiar with other hospital volunteer auxiliaries around the state and I can tell you there is not another hospital across the state like this one. Unfortunately, we have lost three of our volunteers this year: Polly Chavis who worked in Outpatient Registration and had given twelve years of service; Jack Millard, who worked in the Rehab Center and in Outpatient Registration, had given five years; and Edward Tyson, who worked in Nutritional Services and had given two years of service. We cherish the hours that we had the privilege of knowing and working with these people."

Volunteer opportunities are available at Scotland Health Care System. To learn more about how you can assist the System in providing excellent patient care, please call Nancy Rogers, Volunteer Manager, at 910-291-7314 or visit the Volunteer page at

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