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Volunteers recognized during National Healthcare Volunteer Week

Volunteers recognized during National Healthcare Volunteer Week

In honor of National Healthcare Volunteer Week, celebrated the week of April 15, Methodist Health and Methodist Health Union County would like to thank all of the volunteers who give of their time and talents to benefit our patients, family members and visitors.

John Pierce, 79, has been a faithful volunteer since his retirement from Methodist Health on July 1, 2006. After a short stint volunteering in the ICU Waiting Room, he has volunteered in the Endoscopy Waiting Room on Wednesdays and Fridays. He has served in the past on the Auxiliary Board as Treasurer and has been nominated for the position again, which will be voted on this month.

Pierce’s association with Methodist Health began in 1988, a year before the opening of the Chemical Dependency Unit, where he served as a counselor until it closed in 2006. He was married to Judith Pierce, Executive Secretary to former CEO, Bruce Begley, from 1991 until her untimely death in July 2009.

“The house is awfully quiet,” he began. “Volunteering gets me out of the house and I get a free breakfast,” Pierce said jokingly. On a more serious note he continued, “I like that I’m doing a service to the Hospital and get to be around people – a lot of them that I’ve known for years.”

Pierce is one of eight male volunteers at Methodist Health. Others include Chris Hedrick, Nursery; Jim Blake, Bill Bingham and Gary Puryear, Information Desk; Jim Smith and David Powers, Gift Shop; and Mike Russ, Chemo Buddy.

Sandy Blue, Coordinator of Volunteer Services, noted, “Volunteering isn’t just for women and it’s not just for people over 50 years of age. Methodist Health is in need of more volunteers and the most important characteristic is compassion.”

Helen Willett, 88, has been a member of the Methodist Health Union County Auxiliary since September 8, 1987. A friend, Peggy French, who volunteered at the Hospital, invited her to join and since she had recently retired after 38 years with the Department of Agriculture, she decided to give it a try. “When I first joined,” she recalled, “the only thing we had to offer was a glass case in the lobby filled with candy bars, gum and other sundry items.” When the Hospital later added a new entrance, a gift shop was built, complete with mirrored walls, called The Glitz. “The little glass case is still there,” she added.

Throughout the three decades she has been a dedicated volunteer, Willett has served as President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Auxiliary. She still volunteers two to three days a month in the Gift Shop and also takes the refreshment cart to patient rooms. Willett also gives of her time to volunteer at her church and for the Daughters of the American Revolution. “I have really enjoyed my time here and have found it to be very rewarding. I feel like I’m doing something useful and am glad to have had a very congenial group of ladies to volunteer with over the years.”

“I have really enjoyed my time here and have found it to be very rewarding. I feel like I’m doing something useful and am glad to have had a very congenial group of ladies to volunteer with over the years.”

If you are interested in becoming a Methodist Health volunteer, contact Sandy Blue, Coordinator of Volunteer Services, at 270-827-7413 or sblue@methodisthospital.net. Those who are interested in volunteering at Methodist Health Union County may contact Pam Reynolds, Executive Assistant/Administrator, at 270-389-5051 or preynolds@methodisthospital.net.