Posted on: May 15, 2015
Each spring, the Northside Hospital-Forsyth Auxiliary celebrates and recognizes its volunteers who have achieved special milestones during their volunteer careers. Currently, more than 300 Auxiliary volunteers, from ages 18-94 years, serve in more than 30 departments at Northside Hospital-Forsyth. Collectively, these volunteers have performed more than 442,000 hours of service at the hospital during their volunteer careers.
“The Auxiliary volunteers add a tremendous amount to our hospital and its vitality and compassion,” said Lynn Jackson, administrator, Northside Hospital-Forsyth. “The true meaning of who we are and what we are is wrapped up in our volunteers and the heart they share at the hospital and with our patients every day.”
At the April 29 celebration at the Forsyth Conference Center in Cumming, top honors for the most volunteer hours went to:
Loraine Collins (Gainesville) – Loraine has been a Northside Hospital-Forsyth Auxiliary volunteer for more than 21 years and has given 19,000 hours. She serves in the hospital Gift Shop and also leads the “Crafters Team” that knits and crochets items to give away to babies born at the hospital.
Roger Requilman (Cumming) – Roger has been a volunteer for 12 years and has given 14,500 hours. He serves in Northside Hospital-Forsyth’s Environmental Services Department.
Kathy Nalley (Cumming) – Kathy has been an Auxiliary volunteer for six years and has given 13,000 hours. She is part of the “Crafters Team.”
De Salter (Cumming) – De has served as an Auxiliary volunteer for 27 years in a variety of departments. She currently works in the hospital Gift Shop and has given 11,000 hours to the hospital.
“I am so privileged to count myself among this group of volunteers,” said Sharon (Shari) Durant, president, Northside Hospital-Forsyth Auxiliary. “Their hard work and dedication to the Auxiliary and to Northside Hospital-Forsyth is indescribable, and it is an honor to work alongside them.”
A special recognition went to Gloria Wyatt, former director of volunteer services at Northside Hospital-Forsyth, who retired in January after more than 30 years at Northside, the last 10 of which were with the Auxiliary.
“We are really a big family,” said Durant. “Gloria Wyatt was, is, and always will be the heart of this Auxiliary.”
In Wyatt’s honor, a one-time scholarship was awarded by the Auxiliary to assist a student pursuing a health-related educational program in an accredited college, university or health-related technical school. The Gloria Wyatt scholarship went to Julianna Casabonne (Decatur), a tech in the GI/Pulmonary Lab at Northside Hospital-Forsyth, who is pursuing a nursing degree at Georgia State University.
Additional scholarships awarded from money raised through the Auxiliary’s 2015 fundraising efforts went to:
Northside Hospital-Forsyth Auxiliary Scholarship
Brooke Buddington (Sugar Hill)
Taylor Cira (Alpharetta)
Dorcas Mensah (Lawrenceville)
Karrie Pusateri (Cumming)
Roselyne Okumu (Lawrenceville)
Teresa Zittrauer (Cumming)
Lynn Jackson Scholarship
Krista Morgan (Dawsonville)
Daisy T. Angel Scholarship
Megan Obreiter (Greenville, NC)
Karrie Pusateri and Roselyne Okumu, both employees of Northside Hospital-Forsyth, also are 2015 recipients of the Elizabeth Wilmot Bull Memorial Scholarship from the Council on Auxiliaries/Volunteers of the Georgia Hospital Association.
“This is a great day to recognize service,” said Jackson to the scholarship recipients. “These volunteers have worked tirelessly to raise money and make these scholarships possible for you; we appreciate them very much and the work they do is an example for all of us.”
For more information about the Northside Hospital-Forsyth Auxiliary, call 770-844-3431.
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