DeKalb Medical’s Adult Auxiliary Program celebrated its 40th anniversary on Thursday, Oct. 17 at the Annual Volunteer Banquet, which recognizes and thanks volunteers for their invaluable service to the health care organization. The largest volunteer group – the Auxiliary – installed a new president and board, and presented a check to the DeKalb Medical Foundation.
Annette Benefield is the new president, officially given the role in a transfer of the President’s Pin from outgoing president Nancy Reed. New board members are Jeanne Knox – 1st Vice President, Joy Killum – 2nd Vice President, Nancy Reed – 3rd vice President, Frank Barrett – 4th Vice President, Frechia Barrett – Secretary, Anne Morris – Treasurer, Pam Long – Dogwood Gift Shop Representative and Ann Hord – Parliamentarian.
The check was for $71,000, proceeds from the Dogwood Gift Shop located on the North Decatur campus. These funds are designated for the upcoming renovations of the Dogwood Gift Shop.
Since the last banquet in October 2012, auxilians donated 39,347 hours of service at DeKalb Medical. Among this group are Highlights included 64 volunteers giving 19,811 hours to knit more than 3,800 hats to keep newborn babies warm. The Auxiliary’s specialty sales raised enough funds to donate $30,555 to various departments within the hospital through the “Wish List” program.
Volunteers work in several areas of the three-campus organization, including the Dogwood Gift Shop, nursing units and Emergency Department. Their duties include anything from general secretarial work to restocking supplies to calming stressed patients. Currently, volunteers are preparing for the holiday season by decorating trees for sale in the gift shop.
Adults aren’t the only volunteers at DeKalb Medical – 45 teenagers and 37 college students were chosen to volunteer this past summer.
Volunteers are often recognized internally, including during Volunteer Week in April 2013 when employees delivered appreciation through a series of personal notes and pictures.
Volunteers play a meaningful role in the daily operation of the hospital, and opportunities are available for teenagers, college students and adults – each with specific criteria for membership. Please visit http://www.DeKalbMedical.org to fill out an electronic application, or contact Elisabeth Nark, Volunteer Services Manager at 404.501.1344 or email Elisabeth.Nark@DeKalbMedical.org if you would like to learn more about the volunteer program.
About DeKalb Medical
Founded in 1961, DeKalb Regional Health System, Inc., known as DeKalb Medical, is comprised of more than 800 doctors skilled in 55 medical specialties across three campuses. The 627-bed system includes DeKalb Medical at North Decatur (451 beds), DeKalb Medical Long Term Acute Care at Downtown Decatur (76 beds), DeKalb Medical at Hillandale (100 beds), and DeKalb Medical Physicians Group and the DeKalb Medical Foundation. The not-for-profit health care system is a HealthGrades® Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack in 2013 and Five-Star Recipient for Peripheral Vascular Bypass in 2012. Our Maternity Center was selected as a participant in the Best Fed Beginnings project as part of UNICEF/WHO’s Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Our Cancer Center has been granted three-year approval by The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as a community hospital comprehensive oncology program, and our Joint Solutions Center is a metro Atlanta leader in joint replacement. In addition, our LTAC earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for acquired brain injury, wound care and respiratory failure services. Visit www.dekalbmedical.org.