Hospital Auxiliary Meeting


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The members of the Wilkes Regional Medical Center Auxiliary celebrated their accomplishments during the past year at their 62nd annual auxiliary luncheon Thursday at the Stone Center for the Performing Arts in North Wilkesboro.

Members volunteered for 15,176 hours at the hospital during the past 12 months. Based on an estimated value of volunteer time of $19.09 as established by Independent Sector for North Carolina, that time has a “market value” of $289,709.84.

Janet Ashley posted the most volunteer hours for the year with 1,091, for a total of 5,506-1/2 as a member of the auxiliary.

Member Deloris Porter reported that the auxiliary gained 15 new members during the year. Since the roster now includes 14 male members, she said that the group has dropped the nickname “pink ladies” (because of the pink jackets worn while serving) in favor of “volunteers.”

At the beginning of the program, a moment of silence was observed for the four members of the auxiliary who had died during the preceding 12 months: Julia Byers, Gwen Childers, Shirley Steele and Doris Watson.

The three surviving charter members of the auxiliary – Dulce Kite, Helen Lockhart and Toyce Myers – were recognized.

The auxiliary raises money through such projects as the holiday Love Light Tree, jewelry and book sales, and a rental program for medical alert necklaces. The volunteers sponsor an annual tea for employees, buy furniture and other equipment for the hospital, and provide stuffed animals, books and car seats for infants.

Speakers from WRMC

Debbie Mancusi, the unit manager for the New Beginnings Birthing Center, told the auxiliary members that the nurses in her unit, and throughout the hospital, “cannot do what we do without all of you. Your warm smiles and caring dispositions makes all the difference in the world to the patients, and to the family members coming to see them.

“From greeting the visitors to answering the phones, you help us so much. You are a tremendous help to the members of the staff. It’s because of you that we can spend more time at the bedside of the patients. Your service truly makes a difference every day.”

Ms. Mancusi noted that the auxiliary provided 50 child safety seats for infants born at the hospital. She said, “We make certain that every family with a newborn who leaves the hospital has a safe and up-to-date child seat.”

Gene Faile, the hospital’s president and chief executive officer, thanked the volunteers for their help and friendship. He added, “We see you everywhere we go in this hospital, and you have been here since the very beginning of this facility.”

Hubbard scholarships

Ruth Graham, a member of the Dr. Fred C. Hubbard Scholarship Board, presented scholarships to four recipients enrolled in nursing courses.

The recipients of the scholarships are:

Jessica Roland, $2,500 scholarship. She is a 2011 graduate of North Wilkes High School who has completed two years of pre-nursing training at Appalachian State University and has been accepted into the program to obtain a bachelor of nursing degree at ASU.

Kelly Marie Johnson, $2,000 scholarship. She is a 2013 East Wilkes graduate and has been accepted in the nursing program at Forsyth Tech.

Danielle Stanley, $2,500 scholarship. She completed the nursing program at WCC in 2006, and is a  nurse supervisor at Wilkes Regional. She has been accepted into the nursing program at Winston-Salem State University.

Kayla Nichols, $3,000 scholarship. She is a 2013 graduate of West Wilkes High School and is employed at Wilkes Senior Village. She has been accepted unto the four-year ribbon program at Lenoir-Rhyne.

The members of the scholarship board are: Conley Call, chairman; Gene Faile, Wilkes Regional president and chief executive officer; Colleen Manolovich, auxiliary president; Janet Lyon, secretary; James Sullivan, treasurer; and Ruth Graham, Laura Wills and Jane Adams.

The first Hubbard scholarship, for $25, was presented to a young lady from Millers Creek in 1959, according to Mrs. Graham. The auxiliary has now awarded 156 scholarships worth a total of $187,583.

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