ALEXANDRIA, La., April 2, 2012 – Rapides Regional Medical Center Auxiliary recently met with auxiliary chapters from three area hospitals – and had a chance to showcase their successes and achievements from the previous 12 months.

“I only served as president since September, but I have really enjoyed working with our wonderful volunteers – and I appreciate the all the support I have received from them, as well as the willingness shown by all who assist the auxiliary, the patients and families of Rapides Regional Medical Center,” said Paulette McGlothlin, Rapides Regional Medical Center Auxiliary president.
The Auxiliary welcomed 12 new members in 2011 and so far in 2012, have welcomed 10 additional volunteers.

But 2012 also brought the retirement of long-time auxiliary liaison Joyce Rachel. The highlight of this year’s spring meeting was recognition of volunteer hours and review of auxiliary donations. In the last 12 months, the Rapides Regional Medical Center Auxiliary made several donations to non-profit agencies such as:

  • The Honduras Mission
  • The American Red Cross
  • The American Heart Association
  • John Eskew Training Center
  • March of Dimes
  • The Baptist Medical Mission.

The Auxiliary also provided nursing scholarships for three nursing students now working on their clinical rotation.

“In 2011, our volunteers contributed 20,642 hours,” McGlothlin said. “Our active volunteer having served the longest is Dorothy Neie, who has been with us for 39 years.”

The group also recognized Ms. Lula Hale, who recently received special recognition from Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office for contributing the most volunteer hours in the state in 2011. She volunteered 2,023 hours in 2011 and has volunteered 44,000 hours since 1988.

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