By CHRISTIN COYNE
Weatherford Regional Medical Center’s volunteers, including one woman who has volunteered at the hospital for 30 years, were recognized Wednesday at a luncheon honoring their thousands of hours of service.
Deb Williford, WRMC Director of Volunteers, said the group of 73 adult volunteers, as well as junior volunteers ages 14 to 17 years, donated more than 20,000 hours in 2013, equivalent to three employees.
Volunteers may escort patients around the hospital, assist patients in the ER or perform short-term clerical responsibilities as part of their duties, according to Williford, who said the volunteers don’t provide any hands-on patient care, but if patients need a pillow or water, they can provide that.
“I love them all,” Williford said of her volunteers. “They are awesome people. We couldn’t make it without them.”
WRMC CEO David Orcutt recognized the role the the group of volunteers plays at the hospital, as well.
“I appreciate all the work you do,” Orcutt told the group gathered at First United Methodist Church on South Main Street. “You make a huge difference at the hospital.”
Orcutt also presented volunteer Wanda Brian with a plaque recognizing her 30 years of dedicated service.
Williford said Brian is currently her longest serving volunteer.
Brian, who has spent thousands of hours volunteering since the 1980s, protested the attention she received stating that she shows up once a week and “[doesn’t] do that much.”
Brian said she retired from 33 years of teaching school in the summer of 1983, took some time to travel and then began volunteering at the Weatherford hospital in January of 1984.
“I just like to put back,” Brian said.
They first placed her in medical records and later transferred her to radiology, where she said there is more patient interaction.
She enjoys the opportunity to assist patients during her four hours of service each Thursday morning.