Submitted by Laura Young

Ordinary people, extraordinary impact—volunteers as real life superheroes was the theme of the Southeast Georgia Health System Auxiliaries’ National Volunteer Week celebration, held at the Jekyll Island Convention Center, to honor more than 300 volunteers from the Brunswick and Camden campuses as well as the Senior Care Centers in Brunswick and St. Marys.

Combined, the volunteers gave 46,539 hours of service from March 1, 2016, to Feb. 19, 2017, valued at more than $1.1 million. Of those, 94 volunteers were recognized for cumulatively giving between 300 and 1,300 service hours individually. Other “super” achievements included donating $125,000 to the health system as a result of gift shop and fundraising sales; awarding five $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who served in the Volunteen program and are pursuing careers in health care, sending five Volunteens to the Council on Auxiliaries and Volunteers Youth Camp and sponsoring a team member who received a $1,000 scholarship from the Council on Auxiliaries and Volunteers to help defray costs of continuing nursing education.

The 2016 Auxiliary Volunteers of the Year were also named at the luncheon: Frankie Murphy for the Brunswick Campus and Amy Baron for the Camden Campus.

In honoring Frankie Murphy as Volunteer of the Year, Joyce Toler, president, Brunswick Campus Auxiliary, praised her for 14 years of service and for demonstrating volunteer superpowers by pairing great customer service with kindness and humor, “She makes everyone who visits the gift shop feel well taken care of.” Volunteering two days a week in the gift shop, Murphy is the “go-to” person when new volunteers need information on products and procedures, and can often be found filling in for others and assisting with the many fundraisers throughout the year.

Introducing Amy Baron as the Volunteer of the Year, Glenda Battle, president, Camden Campus Auxiliary, said, “Amy might not be able to leap over a building in a single bound, but she can light up a room with a hello and a smile, and that’s a superpower we can all aspire to.”

Volunteering in the Camden Campus Gift Shop for the past three years, Baron goes the extra mile to make customers happy and fills in when other volunteers need time away. She particularly enjoys training new volunteers as it gives her time to get to know them and see them “stretch” in their volunteer role.

The following auxiliary volunteers were presented with service pins in recognition of the number of hours they volunteered over the past year:

• 300 hours — Delores Batts, Deana Belcher, Barbara Bell, Kathleen Cobb, Joy Cook, Marie Devine, Joyce Farnell, Patricia Galloway, Gayle Gray, Vicki Gray, Larry Greene, Jean Holcomb, Ruth Jamison, Carolyn Justice, Jeanne Kelly, Daniel Lawton, Flo Legates, Judith Longfield, George Lorenz, James McGhin, Wendy McNair, Carolyn McNeese, Lee Norvell, Dave Palmer, Teri Peters, LaRose Ryles, Sharon Schilling, Darla Schoeppner, Penny Smith, Georgia Stilson, Jan Storch, Abrila Vaughn and Debbie Yancey.

• 400 hours — Amy Baron, Donna Bernard, Jean Black, Robert Brown, Lorraine Coiro, Louise Coleman, Jim Crandall, Billie Croft, Kathleen Dawson, Terri Dunkle, Jean Farrant, Peggy Fipps, Linda Greene, Raylene Grynkewich, Chris Harris, Dorothy Hattaway, Richard Hazzard, Diane Heinecke, Carolyn Kacedon, Ed Kehoe, Carolyn King, Donald Langford, Gene Laurendeau, Susan Layman, Elizabeth Martin, Rheba Mathis, Suzanne Palmer, Nicole Quiter, Ronald Smith, Melanie Spivey, Carolyn Stevenson, Rena Thompson, Joyce Toler and Margie Young

• 500 hours — Michelle Austin, Suellen Berry, Tricia Boatright, Sharon Bowen, Les Breen, Geri Dod, Martha Dorsey, Gina Marie Guyette, Judy Hall and Eileen Ligay

• 600 hours — Glenda Battle, Patricia Breen, Tom Bullock, Terry Hughes, Connie Johnson and Ellyn Koehler

• 700 hours — Mary Lynne Cochran, George Hardee, Yvonne Horton, Marilyn Masson, Peggy Tuten and James Walker

• 900 hours — Candace Bentley Connor and Joy Scott

• 1,300 hours — Enoch Prow

More than 300 volunteers share their time and talents to assist patients, visitors and team members at the Southeast Georgia Health System Brunswick and Camden campuses, as well as the Senior Care Centers in Brunswick and St. Marys. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Kristin Doll, CAVS, director, Volunteer Services, at 466-1071 or visit sghs.org.

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