Before a crowd of hospital volunteer organizations from around the Commonwealth, Hardin Memorial Health Auxiliary presented their award-winning projects at the Fall Volunteer Conference held by the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA).
Earlier in 2017, Hardin Memorial Health Auxiliary received a Helping Accomplish Noteworthy Duties Successfully (HANDS) award for two projects at the 88th Annual Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) Convention in Lexington, Kentucky.
The KHA presents HANDS awards to hospital volunteer and auxiliary groups that conduct outstanding projects and services to further support their healthcare systems and patients. This year, Hardin Memorial Health was one of only four hospitals to be recognized with this award, and one of only two in the over-100 beds category.
At the September KHA conference, held at the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs in Louisville, HMH Auxiliary President Pat Howell presented the first award-winning project – a volunteer-taught harmonica class for HMH Cardiopulmonary Rehab patients. In the class, patients learn proper diaphragm breathing methods by practicing breathing in and out of a harmonica.
Howell shared with the receptive crowd that since the teacher – an HMH Auxiliary member – volunteers his time, the only cost of the class is for the harmonicas, which the Auxiliary funds with money it raises.
HMH Director of Volunteer Services Kevin Hilton presented the award-winning project in the Community Outreach category – an ongoing effort to promote volunteerism around the hospital and in the community. He discussed the efforts which included raising volunteer awareness in the media and online, and recognizing existing volunteer members for their hard work.
The presentation also included a tribute to HMH Auxiliary President Hans Marsen who passed away only a few weeks before the conference. Marsen spearheaded many of the initiatives presented in the Community Outreach project.
Also in attendance from HMH at the KHA Fall Volunteer Conference were Tracee Troutt, Chief Development Officer for HMH, and Becky Grant, HMH Auxiliary Correspondence Secretary.