A warm smile. An offer of prayer for a loved one. An encouraging word in a time of need. To the volunteers at Regional Medical Center at Memphis, these may seem like small acts that are just an average part of their day. However, these small acts make a world of difference to the patients, family members, guests and staff they work with at Regional Medical Center at Memphis.
The individuals who volunteer their time and talents at Regional Medical Center at Memphis are a valued part of the hospital’s team. These volunteers were recognized at an appreciation reception held May 16, 2012. “You Make a World of Difference” was the theme. Volunteers in attendance enjoyed festive “around the world” themed refreshments and were presented with appreciation gifts.
Two volunteers received special recognition at the celebration – Edith Crook and John Wilson. Edith Crook was presented with the Mark Lindstrom Award of Distinction. Edith has served as a volunteer chaplain for the past 12 years and has provided countless hours of support to patients and families during this time. As Chaplain Verlie Horton shared when she presented the award, Edith always goes above and beyond to provide comfort for suffering families, often calling back in after she left the hospital to remind the staff chaplains to check on individuals in need. Edith is “retiring” as a volunteer at the hospital, and her presence will certainly be missed.
The Volunteer of the Year Award went to John Wilson. John has volunteered in the Rehabilitation Hospital of Memphis, the full service inpatient rehabilitation unit at Regional Medical Center for eight years. His positive attitude is a welcome presence in the unit. Dr. Tewfik Rizk presented the award to John and shared how he had known him as a patient first and then asked John to come in and volunteer after the Rehabilitation Hospital opened. John said yes without hesitation and has continued to volunteer since. Dr. Rizk shared in his comments, “I have taken care of him, but he has also taken care of me.”
Currently more than 400 individuals from throughout Memphis and the Mid-South are volunteering at the hospital. Devoting more than 19,000 hours to assist in caring for and providing service to our patients, families and staff. Volunteers at the hospital include the Johnson Auxiliary members, foster grandparents, seminary and college students and volunteer chaplains. Volunteers work in a variety of departments throughout the hospital, and opportunities are flexible enough to accommodate the schedules of working adults, students and retirees.
Volunteer Gabriela Cordero receives an appreciation gift from
Lori Spicer, Manager of Community Affairs and Engagement
at Regional Medical Center at Memphis.