Published on April 26, 2019

Johnston Health honors its volunteers

Their Gift of Time Valued at More Than $1 Million

Their record of service is quite impressive, from awarding scholarships to running gift shops to assisting hundreds of patients a day. In fact, the 214 men and women who volunteer at Johnston Health gave a combined 41, 990 hours last year valued at more than $1 million.

During the 39th Annual Volunteers Appreciation Luncheon last week at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, Johnston Health thanked, recognized and applauded the service of its volunteers. “You are all critical to the operation and success of our organization,” said Chuck Elliott, president and CEO. “We could not do our jobs without you.”

Eric Janis, MD, chairman of the Johnston Health board of directors, unveiled a $1 million check representing the value of the volunteers’ hours. “We respect, admire and appreciate what you do,” he said. “You make a difference because you care, because you’re present, and because you know the right things to do and say.”

While all of the volunteers received certificates, four were honored with special awards. Iris Hocutt, a chaplain volunteer, received the Overa S. Stevens Award for faithful service. Phyllis Toole and B.J. Christensen, hospital volunteers in Smithfield and Clayton, respectively, received the Sue Archambeault Award for “exemplary volunteerism.” And Carolyn Jones, a hospice volunteer, received the Hospice Angel Award for “lifting spirits, and quietly touching lives.”

April Culver, vice president of marketing/communications and strategy, thanked the outgoing hospital volunteers president Gale Cass for her leadership, energy and initiative. In the nine years since joining the first group of volunteers at Johnston Health Clayton, she’s also donated her time to hospice, the Johnston Health Foundation, and as a patient and family advisor.

Also, retiring volunteers were honored with contributions in their name to the foundation. They are Charles and Pat Wall, Mary Williford, Linda Barefoot and Margie Gower.