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Hospital Auxiliary

Updated: Jun 10


During National Volunteer Appreciation Week, Carolina East Hospital and Health Services Canter honored all the volunteers who served to support the patients and staff with a wonderful celebration and delicious lunch at the Flame venue in New Bern.  

The theme was:

Thank you for making Carolina East Shine!  

The Volunteer Luncheon began with a full house with Shaellen Thompson, the manager of Volunteer Services for Carolina East, hosting this spectacular event.  President and CEO, Michael Smith thanked the volunteers for their incredible dedication to serving the hospital and associated departments with a total of 57,755 volunteer hours in 2023 and presented the North Carolina Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service.  This award honors the true spirit of volunteerism by recognizing individuals and groups that make a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service.  The Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service is the highest honor you can receive for volunteer service in North Carolina!  Shaellen followed with her compassionate speech on what makes a great volunteer.  Here is what Shaellen said she has consistently found with our volunteers at Carolina East:

After this wonderful speech, Mrs. Thompson introduced members of the staff who honored outstanding volunteers for exceptional service throughout 2023.  Volunteer of the Year went to Catherine Parnell (Hospital Greeter, Special Projects, & Concierge Desk).  Carol and Marty Cavins received the Volunteers of the Year for We Serve (Hospital Gift Shop, Accounting, & Fairfield Harbour Auxiliary).  Carol has been a Fairfield Harbour Hospital Auxiliary member for many years and was our Chair Person in 2018-2019.

Mary and Carol Cavins receive Volunteer of the Year award.

Richard Leonard received Volunteer of the Year for Patient Registration and Hospital Transporter.  Congratulations to one and all!

Finally, Shaellen gave individuals pins showing the number of hours of milestone service.  They start at 100 hours and, from that point, go up every 500 hours as a milestone cumulative award.   

Fairfield Harbour Hospital Auxiliary Volunteer Hour Milestones for 2023

After this wonderful event, we all walked with lighter and brighter steps for everything we do at the Auxiliary. Below is Edith Moreno sharing beautiful surgery pillows that she made for patients and Chris Reivik, who made a lovely baby set for the gift shop. We can always use more volunteers who would like to share their talents and creativity. We have one more meeting before summer break on June 17th at 9:30 in the Community Center, so please drop by and see what we are all about.

 The FFH Hospital Auxiliary meets on the third Monday of almost every month at the Community Center from 9:30 to 10:30. The auxiliary does not hold meetings during the summer months of July and August.  It’s a great way to meet new friends and become involved in our community in helping Carolina East Medical Center. Our organization is free of charge to become a member.  For membership information, you may contact our Chairperson, Ruth Blackwell, or Pat Jeres, Membership Chair.

Pictured Above - Honorees for the 100-Hour Pin:

(Top Row - Left to Right) Laura Chase, Jane Haeussler, Ruthann Hindel

(Middle Row - Left to Right) Elaine Lechner, Robin MacRae, Darlene Madorma

(Bottom Row - Left to Right) Chris Reivik, Marty Rosen, Laura Sue Wolfe

Pictured Above - Honorees for the 500-Hour Pin:

(Left to Right) Ruth Blackwell (FHH Auxiliary Chairperson) and Chris Reivik

Pictured Above - Honorees for the 1000-Hour Pin:

(Left to Right) Julie Lloyd-DeNijs and Beth Nelson

Pictured Above - Honorees for the 2500-Hour Pin:

(Top Row - Left to Right) Barbara Hockman, Patti Le-Vein, Andi Ostar

(Bottom Row) Cindy Scalion

Pictured Above - Honorees for the 3000-Hour Pin:

Cincy Scalion

Pictured Above - Honorees for the 3500-Hour Pin:

Janell Ringuette

Pictured Above - Honorees for the 4500-Hour Pin:

(Left to Right) Carol Cavins and Ingrid Kaplin

Pictured Above - Honorees for the 5000-Hour Pin:

Carol Cavins

Pictured Above - Honorees for the 6500-Hour Pin:

(Left to Right) Pam Gaskill and Margaret Navratil

Pictured Above - Honorees for the 7000-Hour Pin:

Margaret Navratil

Pictured Above - Honorees for the 8500-Hour Pin:

Laura Sue Wolfe

Pictured Above - Honorees for the 9000-Hour Pin:

(Left to Right) Laura Sue Wolfe and Morag Cheesman

Pictured Above - Honorees for the 9500 - Hour Pin:

Morag Cheesman

Pictured Above - Honoree for the 16,500 and 17,000 - Hour Pin:

Lucille Durst

Congratulations to Lucille, as this is the highest number of volunteer hours served by anyone at Carolina East Health Systems!

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