RUSSELLVILLE, ARKANSAS –

December 9, 2013—This time of year is known as the season for giving, but for the Saint Mary’s Auxiliary, tis’ the season year round!  Each year Saint Mary’s hosts a Christmas tea to celebrate the generous contributions made by members of the hospital Volunteer Auxiliary and honor them for their tireless efforts.

For more than 40 years, volunteers have given their time and energy to assist patients and family members as well as support hospital operations.  Giving thousands of hours of service each year to the hospital and our community, the auxiliary has proven itself an invaluable asset. With a current roster of almost 60 members, they are expected to collectively exceed over 10,000 hours of service this year. These Auxiliary members help the hospital fulfill its mission of exceeding expectations while delivering quality healthcare with courtesy and compassion.

The Christmas Tea event was held Monday December 02nd in the Hospitals café’s 2 & 3. The room was adorned with bright, fun, and festive colors as well as scores of red poinsettias.  Hospital administrators Donnie Frederic, Chief Executive Officer, Wendell Van Es, Chief Financial Officer and Pat Torrico, Chief Nursing Officer were present to welcome volunteers as they arrived and thank them for their service and commitment to Saint Mary’s. Ceremonies were initiated with a welcome from Auxiliary President Janet Thurber. Vice President Evelyn Denton then led the group in the Prayer for Hospital Auxiliaries. Joyful entertainment was provided as attendees enjoyed their meal. Scott Arnold of Russellville played the piano beautifully for all attendees to enjoy.  CEO Donnie Frederic led the group in singing Christmas Carrols as he played the guitar and keyboard.

Volunteers new to the Saint Mary’s program were given a warm welcome immediately following lunch. Committee members were recognized as well. President Janet Thurber and Vice President Diana Stensland, along with Secretary Wanda Reed and Treasurer Sharyn French each received a beautiful gift in appreciation for their guidance and leadership.

LOU PETERSON RECEIVES VOLUNTEER OF EXCELLENCE AWARD

The Christmas Tea ended with a very special presentation. Volunteer Lou Peterson was awarded with the 2013 Volunteer of Excellence award presented by CEO Donnie Frederic.

Lou Peterson has proudly served Saint Mary’s for 20 years, beginning her service as a volunteer in January 1993.  Since that time she has served more than 4000 hours even while undergoing Cancer treatment herself.  When she’s not volunteering at the hospital, she knits colorful hats for cancer patients who are receiving treatment in Saint Mary’s Cancer Treatment Center. She is kind and courteous to all those she comes in contact with and she proudly lives out Saint Mary’s Mission and vision.

Following the presentation, each volunteer received a beautiful Christmas Poinsettia to take home and enjoy.

If you would like to share your time and talents with other, consider volunteering at Saint Mary’s Regional Health System.  Contact Volunteer Coordinator Diane Herrera for more information by dialing 479-968-2841 extension “0”.

Photo Caption: Donnie Frederic, CEO, Lou PEterson with a plaque for the 2013 Volunteer of Excellence Award.  Peterson has been a member of Saint Mary’s Auxiliary since 1993.

Photo Caption: Committee members were recognized and were presented with beautiful gifts in appreciation for all the guidance and leadership. From Right to left, Donnie Frederic, CEO, President Janet Thurber and Vice President Diana Stensland, along with Secretary Wanda Reed and Treasurer Sharyn French.

About Saint Mary’s Regional Health System

Saint Mary’s Regional Health System is a 170-bed acute care hospital.  With a medical staff of more than 111 active physicians in 18 specialties, Saint Mary’s offers a wide range of quality healthcare services to residents of west central Arkansas, including cardiac catheterization, surgery, diagnostic radiology, cancer treatment, rehabilitation therapy, women and children’s services, home health and 24-hour emergency services. Saint Mary’s employs over 900 healthcare professionals who are dedicated to providing quality care with courtesy and compassion. For more information, visit www.SaintMarysRegional.com Saint Mary’s is a part of Capella Healthcare, which partners with communities to build strong local healthcare systems that are known for high quality patient care and excellent service. Based in Franklin, Tenn., Capella owns and/or operates 15 acute care and specialty hospital facilities in seven states.  For more information, visit the company’s website at www.CapellaHealthcare.com

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