Lending a helping hand 

Jan 22

HOBART | Methodist Hospitals volunteers gathered recently at Avalon Manor for the Annual Awards Luncheon to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year.

Dedicated volunteers were recognized for reaching the milestones of 10, 20, 30 and even 40 years of active, continuous service to the hospital. The memory of volunteers that have passed in the last year was honored by Fredericka Davidson, past president of the Methodist Hospitals Auxiliary.

Annually, the auxiliary donates scholarships to support nursing education. This year $1,000 nursing scholarships were awarded to IUN students Alicia Bravo, Megan Krumm and Andrea Riley. Linda Rooda, dean of Nursing and Health Professions at Indiana University Northwest, expressed thanks to the volunteers for their continued annual support.

The highlight of the luncheon was the presentation of a check for more than $72,000 presented to Methodist Hospitals' President/CEO Ian McFadden. The check was presented by auxiliary President Connie Hickman and represents the money raised during the year through fundraising activities sponsored by the volunteers.

"Our volunteers are the heart of Methodist Hospitals and many times (they are) the first contact an individual has with the hospital. They are there to lend a helping hand and offer a kind word," McFadden said.

"We will never be able to measure the lasting impression the volunteers leave on our patients and their families. In addition to their daily presence at the hospital, the auxiliary has provided valuable funding to support scholarships for nursing students, as well as various other programs and equipment needs," he added.

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