Thursday, April 18, 2013

Floyd Medical Center will honor its corps of over 200 volunteers and recognize the Good Samaritan Volunteer of the Year at a volunteer appreciation luncheon Friday

Media release: Floyd Medical Center will honor its corps of over 200 volunteers and recognize the Good Samaritan Volunteer of the Year at a volunteer appreciation luncheon Friday.The event, to be held at Coosa Country Club on April 19, is part of Floyd's celebration of National Volunteer Week. The luncheon honors the dedication and contribution of volunteers with the American Red Cross at Floyd, Floyd Medical Center Auxiliary, First Steps, Heyman HospiceCare, Floyd Healthcare Foundation, Floyd Medical Explorers, Arts in Medicine and Support Services. 


This year, 8 individuals are nominated for the Good Samaritan Volunteer of the Year:


Catherine Aaron is a greeter, comforter and encourager. She greets patients when they arrive in the surgery waiting area, comforts them with a pillow or warm blanket and helps put them at ease.  A member of the Auxiliary for 14 years, Catherine has served in many roles, including as a member of the executive board and representing the Auxiliary at conferences.  In addition, Catherine serves her church, Habitat for Humanity, the Floyd County Baptist Association and is a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.

Lori Armstrong began volunteering with Floyd as a teen in 1998.  She now serves in the Gift Shop Wednesday afternoons and always is willing to adjust her schedule when she's needed at other times. She chairs the coupon program, which has generated $83,347.34 in coupons for military families overseas. This is an extension of another role she has. She is a sponsor for the Wounded Warrior Project's Adopt-a-Soldier program. Lori also serves her church, and she has gone on three mission trips. 

Ruth Brewer understands the needs of Heyman HospiceCare families, because she has walked in their shoes. She began volunteering in 2003, after the death of her husband. She helps with grief support groups, the memory book project, at health fairs, at memorial services, and assists with the Lovelight Tree and the grief teleconferences.  Ruth also shares her talents with the Dixie Stompers, Relay for Life, Thistle Garden Club and Habitat for Humanity Women's Builds. 






Glenda Fincher, a Floyd volunteer for nine years, currently serves as the Auxiliary's Vice President.  She has served in the Gift Shop and the surgery waiting area, as Recording Secretary and Chairman of the Poinsettia Sale, and participated on the Cancer Navigators Team. Glenda also volunteers as a Breast Health Advocate for The Breast Center at Floyd. She is a member and officer of both the Rome African Violet Study Group and the Camellia Garden Club and volunteers with her church.


Julie Mathis has served as a volunteer with Heyman HospiceCare at Floyd for seven years.  Julie has served dozens of patients and their families over those years, driving hundreds of miles in rural areas, sitting at bedsides and providing comfort during difficult times. Generous with her time, Julie is very active in her church, volunteers with Good Neighbor Ministries, volunteers at several nursing homes and serves on the citizens review panel for Floyd County Juvenile Court. 

Barbara Molnar, President of the Floyd Medical Center Auxiliary, has spent much time volunteering in the Gift Shop, usually above and beyond her scheduled once-per-week shift.  A retired teacher from Whitehouse, Ohio, Barb has served as Vice President of the Auxiliary. She volunteers with the St. Peter's Episcopal Church soup kitchen, plays in a hand bell choir and is a member of the Knit Wits knitting guild, which, among other projects , provides baby bonnets for premature babies.

Cathy Strickland volunteers as a Breast Health Advocate for The Breast Center at Floyd and at Floyd Physical Therapy & Rehab, where she talks to patients, answers the phone, cleans equipment, folds towels  and whatever else needs to be done and staying beyond her shift to do it. In addition to her work at Floyd, Cathy assists with Cancer Navigators, and she has served on the board of Compassionate Paws.  She enjoys activities with her grandchildren and traveling.

Sondra Wilkins has been a Floyd Medical Center Auxiliary volunteer for over 40 years.  She has served as Auxiliary President and Vice President, a member of the Nominating and By-laws committees, as Co-chair of the Love Light Tree project and with the nutrition cart, the forerunner to the Gift Shop, where she also serves and the Thrift Shop. Sondra serves in her church, and she is a member of the Spade and Trowel Garden Club, the Rome Federation of Garden Clubs and Quota International of Rome. 


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