During the past year, volunteers served over 5,000 hours at the hospital in areas such as the auxiliary gift shop, the wellness center, environmental services, food and nutrition services, main entrance information desk, patient access. Workers have also knitted baby caps for newborns, hosted fundraisers and served as operating room volunteers.
Since the 1971, volunteers have served a total of 49,294 hours at Cox Monett Hospital.
Mary K. Scott, who has been a volunteer with the hospital for 40 years, decided she needed to do something after retiring.
"I didn't know a soul at the hospital," she said. "Now, I know all of them by name. I enjoy working at the hospital and knowing what's going on with it."
"I like getting to know people who have moved into the community," Huntress said. "Volunteering is a great way to give back, and I enjoy the time I spend there."
"The people are very nice, very caring," said Sally Reinhardt, who has been a volunteer for six years. "The money we raise goes back into the different charities and areas of the hospital."
Other volunteer honors recognized during the luncheon included:
* Lou Ellen Honeycutt, 40 years of service.
* Peggy Costley, 25 years of service.
* Vickie Orr and Sue Fischer, each with five years of service.
* Fisher and Sharon Burke, 1,000 hours of volunteer service.
* Alice Patton and Barbara Huffman, 500-hour bars.
*Pam Ramsey and Emily Young, 50-hour pins and bars.
* Jane Head, 50-hour pin.
* Emily Lorenz was presented the Most Dependable Award for her dedicated attendance during scheduled hours.
Over the past two years, the Auxiliary has raised $25,000 for Cox Monett Hospital. This year, the funds will be used to assist with a variety of needs in the hospital, including the purchase of:
* A television, video cassette reader, a television cart, color blind testing kits and a pediatric scale for the medical/surgical unit.
* Physical, occupational and speech supplies, including an iPad, gait belts and two televisions for the rehab waiting and workout areas.
* A new glider rocker and mattress pads for the obstetrics department.
* Clocks for the cardiac rehabilitation area.
* $2,400 for $5 Walmart gift cards for kids participating in the Cardiac Kids program.
Last year, funds raised by auxiliary members purchased:
* $4,700 in equipment and supplies, including an iPad for speech therapy for Cox Rehab.
*$2,250 in Walmart gift cards for kids participating in the Cardiac Kids program.
* $3,800 for three new glider rockers and mattress pads for the special delivery unit.
* $500 for a pulse oximeter for the cardiac rehab unit.
* $420 in equipment for environmental services.
* $1,000 digital scale and pulse oximeter for the respiratory therapy department.
* $1,530 for a temperature alarm simulator for the laboratory.
* $800 for Little Annie CPR dolls for the education department.
"It doesn't take much to be a volunteer," said Janelle Patton, volunteer coordinator, "just an open heart and willing hands. Just ears that care enough to listen, and eyes that see another's needs. Just a regular person who wants to turn hope into gratitude and dreams into reality.
"It doesn't take much to be volunteer," she continued, "just an everyday person with a heart big enough to make a difference that lasts a lifetime."
Cox Monett Hospital Auxiliary was also honored by being named the Missouri Hospital Auxiliary of the Year in 2000 and 2009.