Bothwell Regional Health Center honored its volunteers from the American Red Cross, the Bothwell Auxiliary and the Chaplain Corps at its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Monday (April 24) at First United Methodist Church’s Celebration Center.


Volunteers were recognized for their hours of service to the hospital. There are more than 200 volunteers at BRHC, and in 2016 they donated about 26,000 hours of service valued at over $600,000.

“We are here to celebrate your tremendous achievements and your impact on Bothwell and the patients we serve,” said BRHC CEO Jimmy Robertson. “Your smiling faces are often the first thing patients and visitors see when they enter the hospital, and you’re often the last people they see when they leave. I am proud of your service, and I hope you know that you make a difference to our patients and our community.”

Ava Seabury received the Ida Hoffman Volunteer of the Year Award from the American Red Cross. She volunteered 591 hours at the hospital in 2016. Other nominees for the Ida Hoffman Award were Steve Barnes and Jack Veulemans.

Betty Blackwell received the Marian Tempel Volunteer of the Year Award from the Bothwell Auxiliary. Blackwell, a longtime volunteer and former president of the Auxiliary, also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Auxiliary. She volunteered 381 hours at the hospital in 2016. Other nominees for the Marian Tempel Award were Karen Kay Taylor and Marge Watson.

Nomination criteria for the American Red Cross and the Bothwell Auxiliary Volunteer of the Year awards are based on service, character and dedication. Group members then vote to select the winners.

Sixteen volunteers were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards for volunteering at least 4,000 hours at the hospital in their lifetimes. Auxiliary lifetime awards went to: Blackwell and Christine Detherage. Red Cross lifetime awards went to: Betty Burford, Viola Hiatt, Anne Hamilton, Mary Pace, Jim Rissler, Jim Monroe, Pauline Mattingly, Marian Tilman, LeRoy Wimer, Carlene Ficken, David Miller, and Harry Burford.

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