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Baptist Health Paducah honors volunteers

Baptist Health Paducah Auxiliary members contribute more than 30,000 volunteer hours a year. Officers are (from left to right): Butch Henry, Carol Utley, Bonnie Cannon, Phyllis Myers, Tom Cannon, Alva House, Henrietta Watkins and Anne Prince.

As we celebrate National Volunteer Appreciation Week next week, Baptist Health Paducah salutes its Auxiliary, whose 125 active members contribute more than 30,000 volunteer hours to the hospital each year. Several volunteers were honored for their hours during a luncheon earlier this week.

“They are the face of the hospital to many people in that they are the initial contact,” volunteer coordinator Greg Holtgrewe said. “Activities, such as the gift shop, support many other functions of the hospital.”

Since its beginning in 1953, Baptist Health Paducah's Auxiliary has played a major role in providing hospitality services to patients and families and raising funds for the purchase of equipment and educational materials.

The auxiliary's primary purpose is to assist hospital personnel, patients and visitors. Volunteers work in more than 14 different areas of Baptist Health Paducah, including information desks, transport, the chaplains' office and various waiting rooms. In addition, the auxiliary operates the gift shop and sponsors LIFELINE, a residential emergency response system.

Funds are raised through gift shop operations and book sales among other events. Through their fundraising efforts, the Auxiliary has been involved with every new addition to Baptist Health Paducah.

For more information on how you can become a member of the Baptist Health Paducah Auxiliary, phone 270.575.2602.