The South Central Kansas Medical Center Auxiliary annual awards luncheon was held April 11.
The event recognizes members who have shown an outstanding commitment to the hospital throughout the past year. With more than 50 active members, the organization provided a substantial impact to the hospital in 2016.
SCKMC Board of Trustees member JoLynn Foster began the event by addressing the room full of volunteers wearing the traditional pink smocks or red jackets.
“You are the first face of the hospital. When you come in through that front door, there are these nice, friendly people there to greet and direct you,” Foster said.
“You have a very important job, and you are always so cordial, courteous and kind. You see people when they are not happy and not feeling good. You provide such a service for the people coming in.”
Auxiliary members are recognized with certificates or lapel pins, depending upon the number of hours they volunteered throughout the year. John Jones, SCKMC’s chief operations officer, presented the awards.
“The soul of the hospital is in this room. You guys exemplify one of life’s great truths: ‘The smallest good deed done will always outweigh the grandest of intentions.’ That’s what I see: good deeds being done day in and day out. When you get to see it in action, that principle, it really elevates your day,” he said.
“Couple that with a warm smile, and the way you interact with the patients and their families — we just could not be more proud or appreciative. On behalf of the entire administrative team, the doctors, nurses and all the staff, thank you all for all that you do.”
The Auxiliary volunteers time at the medical center’s gift shop, information desk and various other departments throughout the facility, donating 12,067 total hours in 2016. Members also volunteer their time to create items for craft bazaars, bake sales and other fundraisers.
The funds raised throughout the year are used to purchase equipment and furnishings for the facility.
“In addition to all the things you do, you just seem to be there when you are needed to be there,” Foster said. “It’s just wonderful, and I imagine that you probably aren’t thanked nearly enough. From the hospital board, I thank you for the job that you do and I think you are wonderful.”
Auxiliary award recipients
Members receiving certificates of appreciation were Jan Bartel, Sandy Day, Kathy McKimens, Dee Dee Moore, Linda Mooris and Dawnell Satterlee.
Members recognized for volunteering 100 hours of service to the hospital were Rebecca Gilmore, Dee Ann Goodson, Judi Groves, Gary Humiston, Linda Humiston, Neil Jensen, Mildred Johnston, Connie Kimsey, Ferne Knocke, Sallie McVay, Donna Rindt, Marilyn Stout and Colleen Taylor.
Members recognized for volunteering 200 hours of service were Mary Akers, Helen Bossi, Anita Green, Myrna Merz, Neal Paisley, Joan Seidel, Jackie Shaffer, Sharon Shelton, Maxine Soule, Deloris Walker and Kathleen Walker.
Members recognized for volunteering 300 hours of service were Judy Day-Trenary, Betty Givens, Bud Kendrick, Sue Kruger, Marty Nuckols, Myrtle Posey, Sara Ward and Judy Wampler.
Recognized for volunteering 400 hours were Alice Anzelmo, Gloria Hull, Sue Kilman, Elrea Mullen and Leslie Sherman.
Those members who volunteered 500 hours of service to the hospital were Rose Anstine, JoAnn Baker, Janet Emmerson and Marilyn Tracy.
This information was provided by South Central Kansas Medical Center Marketing Director Clayton Pappan.
Photo: South Central Kansas Medical Center Auxiliary members who each donated at least 400 hours to the hospital in 2016.