Huguley recognizes volunteers for service
Texas Health Huguley Hospital honored 137 volunteers April 12 at its 38th annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth.
Beth Grubbs and Sadie Henry, both of Burleson, were selected as Volunteer of the Year and Rookie Volunteer of the Year, respectively.
“Every April, we gather to recognize our volunteers, who are people doing more than their part. Our volunteers are truly gifts from the heart,” said Caryl Bean, Texas Health Huguley's volunteer services coordinator.
In 2015, Texas Health Huguley volunteers served 38,876 hours, the equivalent of 19 full-time employees, which equates to approximately $414,960 in salaries.
“We are blessed to have volunteers in our hospital assisting in the lobby, waiting rooms, gift shop and in 40 departments," Bean said. "But the generosity of the volunteers is even bigger than their assigned duties. They find and solve other needs, like providing reading glasses to patients who may have left theirs at home, or making tray favors for patients who are hospitalized on a holiday."
In addition to donating their time, Texas Health Huguley volunteers raised more than $22,000 for 15 hospital departments for medical equipment, plus an additional $18,000 for scholarships. Volunteers raise this money throughout the year through vendor sales of books, uniforms and accessories, as well as sales of volunteer-made crafts, coffee, baked goods and baby mums.
“Beth’s commitment to the patients and people of Texas Health Huguley just seems to keep growing with each year,” Bean said.
Grubbs began volunteering at Texas Health Huguley 18 years ago, between shifts as a flight attendant with American Airlines. Since her retirement from the airlines, she has also begun working part-time at the hospital as a guest services representative in the emergency department, in addition to her volunteer assignments.
Grubbs has accumulated more than 6,000 hours of service to the hospital, and she currently helps with the joint replacement program and serves as the ways and means vice president, running the many vendor sales.
“Sadie’s energy and enthusiasm opens the doors and the hearts of people she meets,” Bean said.
Giving back to the community is essential for Henry. A short time after beginning at Texas Health Huguley, she asked for a second weekly shift. In addition, she volunteers at the Mansfield Police Department and at Wesley Mission Thrift Store. A sports fan, she has also worked at the Grand Slam Gift Shop at Globe Life Park in Arlington for three years.
Henry participates in sports, competing in basketball, bowling and bocce ball at the Special Olympics since 2005. She recently competed at the national Special Olympics and earned a gold and a silver medal.
For information about volunteer opportunities at Texas Health Huguley Hospital, call 817-551-2707.