Sanford, N.C. – (May 8, 2012) With every hour and every selfless act, lives are made richer through the dedication and generous spirit of volunteers across America. Central Carolina Hospital (CCH) recently celebrated its own volunteers during National Volunteer Week, paying tribute to the many people who support the hospital and strengthen the community. Approximately 85 attended the luncheon that was held at the Carolina Trace Country Club last week. Senior hospital leaders, directors and volunteers were all invited and honored at the luncheon. The theme was "One Person Can Make a Difference."
"We want our volunteers to know how important they are to our Central Carolina Hospital community," said Chief Executive Officer Doug Doris. "Their everyday acts of compassion and purpose enrich the lives of all CCH patients and help our hospital serve our community."
CCH acknowledged thousands of hours worked in service to the hospital – hours spent directing people at the information desk, managing the gift shop, crocheting baby blankets and supporting staff. The volunteer services that are available at CCH are clerical, emergency department, floral/mail delivery, gift shop, handy helpers on nursing floors, ICU, information desk, materials management, menus, nursery, outpatient surgery, pastoral care, pharmacy, radiology, rehab services, surgical registration and therapy dogs (Paws for a Cause). The 100+ volunteers put in approximately 15,000 hours last year.
Two distinguished volunteers were recognized for their achievements over the past year. Larry Aiken received Lee County Community Foundation's "Man of the Year" award, and June Gunter received a lifetime achievement award from The Sanford Herald.
Many were thanked for their years of service and received recognition pins from CCH Auxiliary President, Gail Carucci. Guest of Honor Elizabeth "Lib" Godfrey received recognition for 25 years of service to CCH. Godfrey, a retired school teacher, currently volunteers at the hospital's information desk. Many know her friendly disposition and eager willingness to help anyone in need.
Others were recognized for their commitment and service to the hospital. Lataine Oldham, Norma Hart and Hortense Parker were recognized for 20 years of service as life members. June Gunter, Beulah Mooneyham and Sylvia Pepper were recognized for 15 years of service. Larry Aiken and Gene Poletti were recognized for 10 years of service. Bob Berg, Beryl Jackson, Althea Shellock, Jim Weaver and Joyce Black were recognized for five years of service.
For information about joining CCH's team of volunteers or to register for the next volunteer orientation, please call (919) 774-2187.
About Central Carolina Hospital
Central Carolina Hospital, part of Tenet North Carolina, serves the medical and health care needs of Lee County and surrounding communities. The 137-bed acute care hospital offers a wide range of programs and services, including emergency services, outpatient rehabilitation programs, diagnostic radiology, inpatient and outpatient surgery, maternity services, and cardiology services including cardiac catheterization, echocardiography and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation programs. The hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, the nation's oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. To learn more about Central Carolina Hospital, visit www.centralcarolinahospital.com
About National Volunteer Week
National Volunteer Week was established by President Richard Nixon who called voluntarism "one of the hallmarks of American life." He signed an executive order on April 20, 1974, declaring that the week be dedicated to those who give their time to charity. The event has grown exponentially in scope each year since its inception, gaining the endorsement and support of all subsequent U.S. presidents, governors, mayors and other elected officials throughout the country.
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