Dedicated, service-oriented and compassionate are just a few words to describe the White County Medical Center Auxiliary members. The volunteer’s service to the hospital was celebrated at the Auxiliary’s monthly meeting in April. Volunteers nationwide are being recognized this month as National Volunteer Appreciation Week takes place in April.
WCMC Director of Volunteer Services Jamie Laughlin planned a special meeting for the volunteers to show them how much they are loved and appreciated. The theme for the meeting was “Making a Difference.”
“Our hospital is so blessed to have such a strong group of volunteers who have a heart for service and love for everyone here,” Laughlin said. “Patients and associates alike benefit from the work the volunteers provide to our hospital. They work in a variety of departments throughout the hospital including Admissions, Information Desk, Carousel Gift Shoppes, Materials Management, Guest Services, Medical Records and the Chaplain Department. Our hospital is able to operate even more smoothly and efficiently thanks to our volunteers!”
The mission of the Auxiliary is to support White County Medical Center not only through service but also by raising money to purchase equipment and provide funds for buildings and healthcare items that help the hospital best meet the needs of patients. The Auxiliary’s primary means of raising money to donate to the White County Medical Foundation is through managing the Carousel Gift Shoppes on the WCMC North and South Campuses, and the Cancer Center of Excellence.
Auxiliary members provide non-clinical support in various areas throughout the hospital. Last year alone, volunteers contributed nearly 30,000 hours of service to the hospital. The WCMC Auxiliary has made numerous contributions to the hospital. Most recently, the Auxiliary pledged $200,000 to the White County Medical Foundation’s “Miracles Happen Every Day” campaign, which will benefit the hospital’s New Life Center.
Each year, the Auxiliary also funds 15 scholarships for students who are entering healthcare-related fields of study. According to Auxiliary President Kathy Gammill, the Auxiliary is working toward creating an endowment to ensure that the scholarships will be available for years to come.
For more information about joining the WCMC Auxiliary, please contact the White County Medical Center Marketing and Volunteer Services Department at (501) 380-1050 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT WHITE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER
As the leading healthcare provider in a six-county area, White County Medical Center associates strive to improve the quality of health and well-being for the communities it serves through compassionate care. White County Medical Center is the largest employer in a six-county area with more than 1,750 associates. The facility has a combined total of 438 licensed beds and a medical staff of 150 physicians that specialize in various areas of healthcare.
In addition to the North and South Campuses, White County Medical Center includes Family Practice Associates, Orthopaedic and Spine Center of Central Arkansas, Searcy Medical Center and Searcy Medical Center – West Clinic, Westside Family Medical Clinic, WCMC Cardiology Clinic and White County Oncology.
PHOTO 1: White County Medical Center Auxiliary members Mary Anne Gateley, Linda Ingram, June Tripp and Maryann Shaver.
PHOTO 2: The dedication and contributions of White County Medical Center Auxiliary members Ron Coble, Donnie and Hilda Clay, and Lavera Johnson and (seated) Anita and Frank Vinson, were celebrated during the Auxiliary’s recent general meeting during National Volunteer Appreciation Week.