Mayberry praises hospital auxiliary

PARKERSBURG – During Camden Clark Medical Center’s annual volunteer luncheon Friday, out-going Auxiliary President Ted Mayberry said those who serve at the hospital are all caregivers, even if they’re not medically treating a patient.

“Caregiving could be a visit to their room, welcoming them and making sure they are comfortable,” he said. “Caregiving could just be listening.”

“If a patient or a visitor leaves the hospital feeling better than when they came, we’ve done our job,” Mayberry said.

The annual luncheon, held this year at the Nemesis Shrine Center in Parkersburg, is an opportunity to thank the volunteers who escort patients and visitors where they need to go, register patients, work the gift shop and perform a host of other services in 43 areas of the hospital.

From April 1, 2013, to March 31 of this year, 133 adults volunteered 40,069 hours between the Memorial and St. Joseph’s campuses. And 13,749 hours were provided by 134 teen volunteers.

“You just create a sense of community around the hospital, and what a joy it is to celebrate you,” David Kaufman, administrative manager of pastoral care services for Camden Clark, told the volunteers in attendance before offering the invocation.

In addition to working at the hospital, the Auxiliary supports its activities through fundraising, with proceeds generated at the gift shop and through projects like book, flower and jewelry sales and more. At Friday’s meeting, a contribution of $100,000 to the hospital was announced, raising the total given since the auxiliary began in 1952 to $3,336,044, said Margie Reed, volunteer manager for Camden Clark.

Four Leo D. Carsner scholarships were awarded to students from the area pursuing medical careers – Julia Baker, a Shepherd University sophomore from Mineral Wells majoring in nursing; Austin Hilverding, an Ohio Northern University sophomore from Waterford working toward a doctorate in pharmacy; Danielle Lang, a Marietta College student from Lowell pursuing her physician assistant master’s degree; and Chelsea Matthews, an Ohio University junior from Vincent studying nursing.

Auxiliary member Mary Dayhoff was elected president during the meeting.