Published on April 16, 2018

NMMC-West Point Salutes Volunteers

WEST POINT, Miss.—During National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point salutes the volunteers who give freely of their time every day.

Gwenn Allen began volunteering at NMMC-West Point in October 2017. She works in the Auxiliary Gift Shop, where she assists customers, and keeps shelves stocked and neat. “It is satisfying to help people,” she says.

Idia Amos has been volunteering at the hospital since 2014. She takes the hospitality cart throughout the hospital. “I enjoy trying to make people happy and feel good,” she says. “I love being around people. If I can make someone smile, then I feel good.”

Pat Bowie has been volunteering at NMMC-West Point for 10 years. She takes the hospitality cart throughout the hospital, and also works as a guide in the Outpatient Center. “I love the ‘thank yous’ and seeing the patients,” she said. “It is very rewarding.”

Ruth Fowler began volunteering at the hospital in 2013. “While participating in a workout class at the Wellness Center, I was asked by some fellow members to join the Auxiliary,” she says. “I tried it, enjoyed it and the rest is history. Not long after I became involved, my husband decided to join me.”

The Fowlers deliver juice and coffee on the hospitality cart throughout the hospital, offer wheelchair assistance and help in the Outpatient Center when needed. They also visit with patients and assist with Auxiliary fundraising efforts. Gene Fowler says that he enjoys “trying to make a difference, assisting patients that we know and meeting new people.”

“NMMC-West Point has some of the most caring and efficient staff that I have encountered during our hospital stays, and hopefully my husband and I help them in that effort,” Ruth Fowler says. “Most of all, I feel it is an opportunity to express God’s love for everybody.”

Syble Myers began volunteering at NMMC-West Point in 2004, shortly after she and her husband retired and moved back to West Point. “I wanted something to do to get me out a little,” she says. “My husband played golf, and I had the time. A friend was a volunteer and encouraged me to join. It was just what I needed.”

Myers works in the Auxiliary Gift Shop. “I like knowing that I can make a difference in someone’s life and help them when they have a need or a need for a patient,” she says. “When they buy a gift, I try to make it look special for the one they are buying for. We also have a group of volunteers that is a joy to work with.”

Juanita O’Brian has been volunteering at the West Point hospital since August 2005, shortly after retiring that May. “I had a number of friends that were Auxiliary members, and they encouraged me to join,” she says. O’Brian has worked in the Emergency Department and with the hospitality cart. “I currently work in the gift shop and I love it!” she says. “Our hospital Auxiliary is a wonderful, loving and caring group of ladies and men. Volunteering is very rewarding. It’s a way to give back to our community.”

For more information about volunteering at NMMC-West Point, call (662) 495-2141.

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