Baker, W.Va. – At 14 years old Christopher Teets has already been volunteering for more than eight years at E. A. Hawse Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. This dedication and understanding of giving back is why Teets is the 2018 Youth Volunteer of the Year by the West Virginia Health Care Association (WVHCA).
The award was presented to Teets at the annual WVHCA Awards Banquet hosted at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston, W.Va. on May 8th.
The convention and awards banquet recognizes the best in skilled nursing and assisted living centers in W.Va.
From an early age, Teets learned the value of volunteering and connecting with the patients at E. A. Hawse N&RC. His grandmother was a patient and while visiting her or joining his mother, who is an employee, did his ability to connect with seniors blossomed.
He maintains many of the raised flower beds to keep them full and colorful throughout the Spring and Summer.
Teets visits the center every Friday to read, play checkers, work on a puzzle or simply talk about hunting and fishing with some of the male population of the center. They don’t get the chance often to talk about or reminisce on those activities because most of the team and residents are female.
He has also learned about health care policies and procedures and can often assist team members when knows a resident might be facing an issue. He does what is best for the patient and the center.
Teets also assists with special events at the center. From Christmas parties to July 4th, he volunteers to set and clean up after celebrations, pass out tickets for door prizes or even dress up for the annual Halloween party. His volunteer efforts extend into the community as well. He swings an axe to chop wood and deliver stacks to the elderly for the winter. He collects eggs from chicken houses and does whatever he can to make life easier for others.
While he does many activities, and assists in many ways, the most enduring gift Teets gives is his time to patients.
AMFM operates 18 skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers throughout West Virginia. They operate in Braxton, Boone, Clay, Cabell, Summers, Fayette, Hardy, Greenbrier, Webster, Wayne, McDowell, Lincoln, Wyoming, Harrison (Clarksburg & Bridgeport), Marshall, Taylor and Mercer counties.
AMFM’s mission is “to exemplify excellence in quality care to our customers by providing an environment that enhances personal growth, individuality, dignity and respect.”