March 9, 2005
For more than 30 years the volunteer auxiliary at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center has been an asset to the hospital and community. As guests and patients enter and leave, many times a volunteer is the first and last person they see during their hospital experience. Annually, an award for volunteer excellence is given to one of these deserving volunteers. This year’s winner is volunteer Vince Bearden. While all of these giving people are tremendously appreciated, every year the staff of Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center chooses one volunteer member to recognize with the Volunteer Excellence award. The award winner is one who goes above and beyond everyday. They maintain a professional look and attitude with a cheerful disposition. They must serve on a regular basis and be a loyal part of the Saint Mary's team. A hospital-wide vote determines the winner based on these criteria. Bearden works at the third floor volunteer station three days a week. He has been a part of the volunteer staff for just over a year. He has proven himself to be an amazing benefit to all those he comes in contact with. Those who nominated him had much to say. “Vince is always cheerful and very eager to do anything that is asked of him. He is an asset to our hospital,” Debbie Ellis. Case Manager Tamara Duvall said, “He is always cheerful and will really brighten your day.” Vince has contributed 1101 hours since he started volunteering in August of 2003. CEO Mike McCoy applauds Bearden saying, “His hard work and dedication are very much appreciated.” The Saint Mary's volunteer staff is comprised of over 70 volunteers, each one carrying out specific duties that aid hospital staff, guests and patients. Together they staff the hospital year round and contribute roughly 17,000 hours per year. They work everywhere from the human resources department, community relations, and gift shop, to the individual floors helping ensure patient and guest comfort and convenience. If you would like more information on how you can get involved with this program, please contact Josh Follis, Volunteer Coordinator at 479-964-9468.