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Hospital Auxiliary Earns Five Star Award


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Karen Gainey, Marketing Coordinator
Phone: 910-291-7550 FAX: 910-291-7996

September 23, 2010

On September 14th, the Scotland Health Care System's Volunteer Auxiliary was presented the well-earned and prestigious Five Star Award at the North Carolina Hospital Volunteer (NCHV) Banquet in Greensboro. "To have won this award for nine consecutive years is testament to the hard work of the men and women of the Health Care System's Auxiliary," stated Nancy Rogers, Volunteer Coordinator. "We all are extremely proud of this accomplishment as this is the highest award presented to hospital auxiliaries by the North Carolina Hospital Volunteers."

      

North Carolina Hospital Volunteers President Annette Wright (right) presented the Five Star Award to Margaret Herring, president of Scotland Health Care System's Auxiliary. "The Five Star Award is given to hospital auxiliaries who succeed in accomplishing a variety of criteria to improve their service to the hospital," commented Ms. Wright. "It means so much to the volunteers to earn this top level award and each year we see more hospitals achieving the Five Star level. These volunteers work very hard, especially through their fundraisers. It's nice for them that their hard work is validated in such a way. The Scotland Health Care System Auxiliary has done excellent work and rightfully can be proud of their hard work."

The Health Care System's volunteers number approximately 91 and are extremely active throughout the system, annually providing thousands of hours of service. They provide assistance wherever they are needed, whether it's folding linens, assisting at health fairs, on Missy the mobile unit, stuffing envelopes, or directing visitors. Many of the hospital departments are very dependent on their volunteers who show up week in and week out providing thousands of hours of work.

To earn the Five Star Award, the Auxiliary must earn at least 400 points. Scotland Health Care System's volunteers breezed right on past that goal and earned 477 points. Auxiliary President Margaret Herring was present at the Award Ceremony. "Our Volunteers earned points in many ways," she stated "Being members of the state organization, sending delegates to the annual conference, and inviting our elected state representatives to address our Auxiliary helped earn points, as well as attending Legislative Day in Raleigh, participating in special events at the hospital such as National Hospital Week, providing health career scholarships, and a host of other activities. Because we are a very active Auxiliary, we earned points in nearly every available category."

In attendance at the September Award Banquet in addition to Auxiliary President Margaret Herring were: Ronnie Norton, Director of Volunteer Services; Nancy Rogers, Volunteer Coordinator; Angie Kersey, Gift Shop Manager, Joyce Smith, President Elect and member of the North Carolina Hospital Volunteer Association nominating committee; Mildred Greene, vice president; Sarah Thompson, Secretary, and Volunteer Billy Owens who serves as the state treasure of the NCHV association.

The Volunteers' fundraising efforts support the purchase of new hospital equipment and services. In addition, they sponsor several fundraisers each year. Monies raised are donated to support programs, to help develop new programs and to purchase equipment for the benefit of Scotland Health Care System patients and families. Every year the Auxiliary presents two $1,000 scholarships to high school students enrolled in a health care course.

There's always a place for you at Scotland Memorial Hospital. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, applications are available through the Hospital's Volunteer Office. You may also complete an online application by clicking HERE. Call Nancy Rogers at 910-291-7314 for additional information.


 
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