Volunteers with the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Auxiliary & Volunteer Services were honored during an appreciation luncheon on April 19, 2017, at Oak Meadow Country Club in Rolla.
This year’s theme was “PCRMC Volunteers Celebrating Moments in Time.” An estimated 150 people attended.
The annual event recognizes volunteers for their years of service with the Auxiliary. Volunteers who have served 20 years or more with the Auxiliary received certificates and plants. There are currently 11 volunteers who have at least 20 years of service with the PCRMC Auxiliary.
Audrey Huddleson is the longest serving PCRMC Auxiliary volunteer, with 35 years of service given to the hospital. “I enjoy every minute of it,” Huddleson says.
Blanche Lortz has been an Auxiliary volunteer for 25 years, and Velma Overby and Linda Marsh each have 24 years of service. Jean Joiner and Jean Platt each have served as Auxiliary volunteers for 22 years. Illa Bell, Judy Grady, Pat Lizotte, Leona Rosenow and Jean Sidener all have been Auxiliary members for 20 years.
The PCRMC Auxiliary volunteers provided a total of 23,123 service hours in 2016. That includes hours from both adult and teen programs.
“Volunteers make many things and events special,” said PCRMC Auxiliary Director Tina Pridgeon.
Three guest speakers shared how contributions from the volunteers have benefitted several projects.
Mark Long, development director with The Community Partnership, spoke about how the Auxiliary helped raise funds to offer the Camp Capable program. The camp, normally held each summer, allows children with disabilities or developmental delays to participate in sports and fitness activities.
“We can’t thank you enough,” Long told volunteers. “We appreciate all that the Auxiliary and hospital do for our area.”
PCRMC Administrative Director of Patient Care Services Cindy Butler said she appreciates the support the Auxiliary gives to the Happy Hauler complimentary patient shuttle service, which began in March 2006.
Since then, the courtesy shuttles have driven about 112,000 miles in PCRMC parking lots and transported more than 70,000 passengers. The Happy Hauler has been in operation for a total of 3,000 days, and drivers have logged more than 22,000 hours of driving time.
The Auxiliary has raised funds for gas for the vans as well as to replace one of the shuttles in 2014.
“You’re what set us above all of the rest,” said Butler.
One of the largest fundraisers by the Auxiliary helped fund the digital billboard next to Interstate 44 used to promote events, new physicians, services offered and volunteer recognition. The Auxiliary board gave $150,000 to help fund the LED sign project.
“I’m so proud of the Auxiliary, and you are one of the most enthusiastic and exciting group of people I’ve ever met,” said PCRMC Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs Don James, DO.
Kerry Miller and Friends, a ventriloquist from Ozark, Mo., provided the entertainment. His show included songs and comedy mixed with inspirational messages.
Girls Gone Catering provided the meals, desserts and beverages. In addition, there were door prizes given away. PCRMC Director of Pastoral Care Phil Cox led the invocation.