Maria Parham Medical Center: Volunteers honored during National Volunteer Week
On April 23, Maria Parham Medical Center celebrated National Volunteer Week (April 21-27). Leading up to the event, volunteers received both ‘save the date’ cards and invitations with the phrase “This is something you don’t want to miss!” A special unveiling took place as part of the celebration.
Mayor Pete O’Geary; Bob Singletary, hospital CEO; and Kathy Caudle, director of Volunteer/Guest Services at the hospital, greet attendees in front of the facility, at the flag pole. Singletary thanked the volunteers and chaplains while recognizing Caudle for her 21 years of service as their leader. O’Geary also thanked each of them. Caudle recognized several individuals with longstanding service, particularly Hattie Williams, with 33 years of service, who had volunteered at the facility up until the week before she died.
Then, a black velvet drape covering a large object near the front door of the facility was removed by Lisa Radford, volunteer office coordinator for Volunteer Services, and Lee Anne Peoples, Patient & Community Relations coordinator in the Marketing Department. A life-sized bronze statue of an older man reading a book to a lady (while both of them sitting on a bench) was revealed. The piece was commissioned by the Volunteer Department. It includes a plaque with the following inscription:
“A tribute to honor all Maria Parham Medical Center Volunteers, both past and present. Their contributions are invaluable!”
Afterward, attendees enjoyed refreshments in the lobby of the John T. Church building while viewing scrapbooks of volunteers past and present.