Volunteers lauded by hospital

Uvalde Memorial Hospital hosted its annual Volunteer Appreciation luncheon on April 11 at Uvalde Country Club. Over 80 volunteers from Uvalde Memorial Hospital’s Auxiliary, Uvalde Hospice, and Friends of Uvalde Hospice Thrift Store attended to celebrate the past year’s accomplishments.

UMH auxiliary volunteer Shirley Grigg opened the program with a prayer and hospital human resource officer, Charla Carter, welcomed and thanked all in attendance.

Sherry Martinez, volunteer coordinator, also welcomed everyone and thanked them for their service to the hospital and hospice programs. Martinez commended the volunteers for unselfishly giving their time and encouraged everyone in the room to continue to recruit new volunteers.

Over the last year the hospice volunteers clocked 1,801 hours, thrift store volunteers accumulated 5,930 hours, and the hospital auxiliary totaled 7,950 hours. The cumulative total for the three groups was 15,681 hours, and Carter pointed out those hours are equivalent to eight full-time employees and a $387,000 savings in salaries for UMH.


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