Luncheon recognizes hospital volunteers

| April 26, 2013
Cathy Belt, a volunteer with the Pink Ladies Auxiliary, was presented with the Volunteer of the Year award at the annual appreciation luncheon held at Coshocton Hospital on Friday, April 26. Lunch was prepared and served by the hospital dietary department. Pictured are Ruth Lahna, President of the Pink Ladies auxiliary, Becky Shroyer, volunteer coordinator for the hospital, Belt, and Robert Miller, CEO of Coshocton Hospital.

Cathy Belt, a volunteer with the Pink Ladies Auxiliary, was presented with the Volunteer of the Year award at the annual appreciation luncheon held at Coshocton Hospital on Friday, April 26. Lunch was prepared and served by the hospital dietary department. Pictured are Ruth Lahna, President of the Pink Ladies auxiliary, Becky Shroyer, volunteer coordinator for the hospital, Belt, and Robert Miller, CEO of Coshocton Hospital.

COSHOCTON – Coshocton Hospital staff, board members, and Pink Lady volunteers enjoyed a wonderful luncheon served by the hospital dietary department on Friday, April 26 at the hospital. The event was held to recognize the many thousands of hours and dollars donated to the hospital by the Pink Ladies Auxiliary. Dr. Clayton Gibson said of the volunteers, “It is a gift of love, a gift of service.” Mr. Jim Brown, immediate past chairman of the board, said, “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart.”

Ruth Lahna, President of the Pink Ladies, said, “I’m so proud of these volunteers. The group itself is a marvelous group, we have lots of fun, and we do raise lots of money for the hospital (over $23,000 in 2012). This money goes to different departments that they would not normally go to the hospital board and ask for. We believe it is a big help to them. Enjoying the auxiliary, it is rewarding. I worked in the public for over thirty-six years and did not work for four years after retiring. I missed people. I thought this would be a good opportunity to get back into it, be around people and still give back to the community.”

Cathy Belt, who was presented with the Pink Ladies volunteer of the year award, said, “I’m very excited. It was unexpected. I enjoy helping others, that is my main goal of doing this in the first place – so I could help others. I’ve been doing this for a year, but have been a Hospice volunteer for several years. I like to do things for our community. Thanks for all that they do for me – they help me get through life.”

Becky Shroyer, who coordinates volunteers for the hospital, said this about the Pink Ladies, “It’s just amazing how much they can pull together and do – they give to the hospital all that they make. It all comes from the heart, they never think about it as working, they love to volunteer and they all give 100% and then some.”

Coshocton Hospital CEO Bob Miller said in his comments, “Thank you for your dedication. 8,251 hours of volunteer time last year. That’s the equivalent of four and a quarter employees that we would have to have to help do things in this hospital that volunteers are helping us do, which helps us keep our costs down and helps us become more efficient in these struggling times. I appreciate all of that time and your dedication – all the things you do to touch our patients and their families, it is appreciated.”

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