Charleston, W.Va. – The Grafton City Hospital Ladies Auxiliary (GCHLA) know the rewarding value of giving back to their community. The eight volunteers are the Adult Volunteer of the Year Award recipients from the West Virginia Health Care Association (WVHCA).
The GCHLA received the award at the WVHCA’s Annual Convention and Awards Gala at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place on Tuesday, May 21. The convention and awards banquet recognize the best in skilled nursing, rehabilitation and assisted living centers in W.Va.
“The auxiliary members don’t know the word ‘no,’” said Phillip Donnelly, executive director for Taylor Health Care Center (HCC). “They represent the best in us.”
The GCHLA have been volunteering in the health care community in Taylor County for more than 30 years. The group volunteered at the hospital and skilled nursing facility next door during that time. In 2017, AMFM purchased the skilled nursing and rehabilitation center and renamed it Taylor Health Care Center.
Even after the change, the volunteer group remained faithful to the patients, and are like family to those patients and co-workers to the employees.
The volunteers do everything from leading activities such as bingo to holiday decorating and donating their time and expertise to the patients. Typically, the group averages close to 30 hours per week. The volunteers come from all walks of life and bring something special with each of them.
• Darlene Haddix has volunteered for more than 10 years. She is the lead BINGO caller and assists with the monthly calendar.
• Carolyn Hall is ever present and was voted the 2018 Volunteer of the Year.
• Carrie Fitzwater is a retired hospital employee who worked in housekeeping but now is devoted to the residents in a different way and put together a 2018 scrapbook of Taylor HCC.
• Junior and Mary Ann Boyles are a retired husband and wife who specialize in Christmas decorations. They also bring in antiques and run a reminisce activity with residents.
• Teresa Reid runs church services and helps one-on-one and assists in any way needed.
• Sisters Becky Rosier and Sylvia Totten are new volunteers who help cover weekends and holidays as needed.
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.”