On August 6, 1998, the George Regional Hospital Auxiliary was established with 23 volunteers. Twenty years later, six of the original members still serve; Faye McNeill, Doris Alexander, Rose Burgess, Mavis Dungan, Coe Alice Sturgis, and JoAnn Weaver.
The community is invited to attend a 20 Year Volunteer Celebration event on Thursday, September 27 at 2:00 in the front lobby of the new building.
Formed by Millie Whilhite and Linda Holland, the Auxiliary program was created to assist medical personnel in serving the community. In a newspaper interview in 1998, Ms. Whilhite explains, “George County Hospital Auxiliary is dedicated to provide the best volunteer services in supporting the activities of George County Hospital. Our goals are to promote the positive role of volunteers serving the hospital and to increase public awareness of the auxiliary membership and its role in the hospital—to make it a sought after activity in the community.”
Shortly after its formation, Faye McNeill took the reins as President and still holds that title today. She’s led the volunteers who selflessly give their time and energy five days a week. “It’s a blessing being able help the doctors and nurses with their patients,” Faye adds. “And the hospital makes us feel so special. They feed us a wonderful lunch each day, provide us with free flu shots, and we have a special luncheon every April.”
The volunteers have many jobs throughout the hospital—from assisting patients and family to different departments throughout the hospital, to delivering flowers, to serving coffee as families wait for their loved ones, and even supplying pediatric patients with toys and coloring books. Auxiliary members average 550 volunteer hours each month.
Throughout its 20 year history, Auxiliary members have raised thousands of dollars for much-needed equipment and services which have touched thousands of patients and their families. They host bake sales, book fairs, and sell cookbooks to raise funds.
“I want everyone to know what a vital role our Auxiliary plays in our System; from raising funds for worthy projects to simply smiling at customers and making their day a little easier. We wouldn’t be as successful without them,” adds Greg Havard. CEO, George Regional Health System.
Since 1998, the Auxiliary has provided:
– Monitors for the Emergency Room
– A power lift and converter chair for surgery
– Wheel chairs
– Rocking chairs for the nursery and recovery room
– Recliners for the intensive care unit
– Toys for pediatric patients
Their most recent gift to the hospital was three CPR mannequins—a toddler, a child, and an adult—which are used to teach the community life-saving skills.
“We have a great group,” Faye says proudly “The time we spend at this hospital is such a fellowship for us—we definitely receive as much as we give.” If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, please call Ms. McNeill at 601-770-0422.