Past and present volunteers at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System, a member of Covenant Health, were recently honored for their hard work and dedication during the Volunteer Awards Luncheon held at the hospital.
Receiving the top honor of the afternoon, Jim Snowden was named the Volunteer of the Year for 2018. Snowden, president of the MHHS Volunteer Auxiliary Board of Directors, was named Volunteer of the Month in July and was voted Volunteer of the Year by his peers and staff at the hospital. In 2017, he donated more than 530 hours of work to the hospital.
“Jim has such a big heart and is passionate about everything that he does,” said Elaine Rose, volunteer manager at MHHS. “He always goes above and beyond to help in every way that he can.”
Snowden began volunteering at the hospital in 2012 following a 59-year career in various industries. He volunteers much of his time in admissions assisting patients with the check-in process. He also helps proctor tests for medical students. He enjoys being able to serve the students, saying they bring back fond memories of his own pursuit for education.
Volunteers first heeded the call to serve at Morristown-Hamblen on July 16, 1956. Duties included making infant clothes and other garments in the sewing room and helping in areas of need. Today, the volunteers at Morristown-Hamblen continue to be an invaluable asset to the healthcare team and go above and beyond to ensure that each patient and visitor always comes first.
Since 1956, more than 393,000 hours have been donated by volunteers, a monetary value of nearly $9.5 million. In 2017 alone, volunteers served 13,427 hours.
The volunteers who gave the most hours in 2017 were honored during the luncheon. These volunteers were: Florence Stubblefield, Barbara Cobb, Debbie Widener, Billy Helton, Ron Blevins, Snowden, Brenda Winstead, Brenda Cole, Shirley Snowden, and Ken Lingerfelt. Stubblefield was also recognized for having the most time donated in the history of the hospital’s volunteer program, totaling 16,531 hours.
Volunteer positions are currently available at MHHS with a variety of shift options and opportunities. Volunteers are commonly needed to assist with answering phones, the day surgery waiting area, Cancer Resource Center, Chemo Infusion, general office assistance, distributing mailings, filing, and more. Volunteers also staff the JBC Gift Shop inside the hospital and revenues from the gift shop are used to improve patient care in the hospital.
Morristown-Hamblen will host a volunteer recruitment fair on Aug. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Northeast Tower. Current volunteers and hospital staff will be present at the fair to answer any questions regarding volunteer opportunities. A light lunch will be served.
For more information regarding the fair or volunteer opportunities, call 423-492-5952 or apply online at www.morristownhamblen.com/volunteers.