ETMC honors volunteers at event featuring Southern Living editor

April 27, 2017

ETMC Tyler honored its volunteers with a recognition luncheon at Willow Brook Country Club on Thursday, April 27. With the theme of “Growing in Service,” the event featured James Farmer, noted author, speaker and editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine. Farmer shared his entertaining southern wisdom, as well as his recent journey with kidney transplantation.

Southern born and bred, Farmer is a professional garden, floral and interior designer; cook; author and lifestyle expert. He is the author of The Wall Street Journal best-selling garden book, “A Time To Plant,” plus: “Sip & Savor;” “Porch Living;” “Wreaths For All Seasons,” “A Time To Cook,” “Dinner on the Grounds” and “A Time To Celebrate.”

“This luncheon during National Healthcare Volunteer Week honors ETMC’s volunteers for their tremendous contribution to our healing environment,” noted Bob Evans, administrator/CEO for ETMC Tyler. “Their helping hands and caring hearts are vital to our patients and guests as they exemplify ETMC’s We Care service standard.”

The 155 ETMC Tyler adult and junior volunteers contributed 16,000 hours of service to the hospital in 2016 – a gift of time and talents valued at more than $368,000.

The program also included the presentation of the annual junior volunteer scholarship awards. Based on charitable gifts from the ETMC Tyler adult volunteers, each recipient received a $1,000 scholarship to assist in their college studies. This tradition honors outstanding teens, who are past participants in ETMC’s Junior Volunteer program, and now are planning for a healthcare career.

This year’s scholarship recipients are the following graduating seniors: Christine Arago, Bishop T. K. Gorman High School; Victoria McClay, Chapel Hill High School; Ashley Ray, Lindale High School; and Audrey West, Whitehouse High School.

“With our 2017 theme of ‘Growing in Service,’ James Farmer added his unique perspective as a nationally noted gardening and floral expert,” said Joyce Brown, ETMC director of volunteer resources. “Due to ETMC’s role as a regional kidney transplant center, our volunteers especially related to his recent experience with kidney transplantation.

“Across the country, hospital volunteerism is evolving,” added Brown. “Our adult volunteer team consists equally of men and women, ranging from age 18 to senior adults. Placements are designed to match each volunteer’s heart and interests in community service with the hospital’s needs. Together, our volunteers are a blessing to ETMC, while they themselves are blessed by helping others.”