Hospital auxiliary logs 500,000 hours of service

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Once again Piedmont Fayette Hospital is shining its spot light on the many helping hands of the PFH Auxiliary volunteers, who recently reached a milestone of 500,000 hours of volunteer service.  Over the years, the Auxiliary volunteers have served in a variety of roles from conducting community tours before the hospital opened to partnering with the Fayette County Health Department to immunize our county middle school students against Hepatitis B.  On the hospital campus you may meet these ambassadors on the Courtesy Shuttle Carts, assisting patients and visitors at information desks, in the gift shop or offering sundries from the Cheer Cart.

“Our volunteers are ambassadors that have grown with us over the years, for which we are grateful,” said Darrell Cutts, president and CEO of Piedmont Fayette Hospital.  “We would like to sincerely thank them for their continued dedication and selflessly giving of their time helping the hospital and our community as a whole.”

The Auxiliary has over 270 men and women and more than 130 summer youth volunteers providing services to the hospital.  The Auxiliary supports community activities including the healthy heart fair, community book fairs, blood drives and healthcare student scholarships.  Members of the PFH Auxiliary also participate on a state level through the Georgia Hospital Association’s Council of Auxiliary Volunteers (CoAV).

“We want our hospital to continue to be a place that members of our community are proud of, and we are happy to do what we can to aid in the delivery of top-quality service and care here in the Fayette County,” said Alan Koth, president of the Auxiliary.

The Auxiliary hosts the annual golf tournament fundraiser that historically draws in around 120 community leaders and hospital supporters. Funds raised from the event help support hospital projects sponsored by the Auxiliary year after year. The Auxiliary has gifted wheelchairs, cardiac monitoring equipment, outpatient gown warmers, the design and creation of campus gardens, enhanced patients rooms and family waiting areas and gives baby spoons to each baby born at the hospital.

One of their most recent gifts to the hospital was a generous donation of 12 X-Tenz Sleeper Sofas.  These beautiful sofas extend into beds, allowing patients’ families and friends to rest more comfortably while caring for their loved ones.

“Our volunteers live the Piedmont Promise every day offering compassion, comfort and lots of genuine, heartfelt concern.” said Cutts.  “We are grateful for the half million hours they’ve served as much as the millions of smiles, hugs and kind deeds.”

For more information about the Piedmont Fayette Hospital Auxiliary or to make a donation please call 770-719-7098 or visit fayettehospital.org.

About Piedmont Fayette Hospital
Named one of the nation’s Most Wired hospitals for five consecutive years in the 100 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study, Piedmont Fayette Hospital (PFH), ranked third in patient satisfaction among metro Atlanta hospitals according to the HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) survey released in March 2009.  One of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® four years in a row (2004-2007) according to Thomson Reuters (formerly Solucient), Piedmont Fayette Hospital is a 143-bed, acute-care community hospital located on Highway 54 in Fayetteville, offering 24-hour emergency services, medical and surgical services, as well as obstetrics, diagnostic cardiac catheterization and rehabilitation services. With over1,100 employees and a medical staff of over 500 physicians, PFH is a member of Piedmont Healthcare (PHC), a not-for-profit organization that also includes Piedmont Hospital, a 481-bed acute tertiary care facility offering all major medical, surgical and diagnostic services located on 26 acres in the north Atlanta community of Buckhead; Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, a 42-bed community hospital in Jasper; and Piedmont Newnan Hospital, a 143-bed, acute-care community hospital in Newnan. Piedmont Healthcare also is the parent company of  the Piedmont Heart Institute (PHI), which combines 70 cardiovascular specialists in Piedmont Heart Institute Physicians with over 30 locations across north Georgia, and the Fuqua Heart Center of Atlanta at Piedmont Hospital; Piedmont Philanthropy, the philanthropic entity for private fundraising initiatives; the Piedmont Physicians Group, with over 100 primary care physicians in more than 30 offices throughout metro Atlanta; and the Piedmont Clinic, a 600-member physician network. For more information, visit fayettehospital.org.

Joyce Beverly

I was local when local wasn't cool. After more than three decades as a community journalist, I've found my dream job as publisher of Fayette Woman.

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