CANTON, MS (February 23, 2013) - Madison River Oaks Medical Center is pleased to announce that Ann Stoegbauer has been named Volunteer of the Year for 2012. Ann demonstrates a pure dedication to the healthcare profession. She works tirelessly for the patients and the recently formed Volunteer Auxiliary at Madison River Oaks.
"From greeting patients and visitors, to assisting in various areas of the hospital, Ann’s professionalism impresses all with whom she comes in contact,” stated CEO Glen Silverman. “Ann came to us after a long career as a trauma and emergency room nurse. She still desired to give back to others, particularly hospital patients. Finding someone with her job skills, experience and insight into the inner-workings of a hospital has been a wonderful blessing.”
Despite a love of travel, Ann is willing to curtail her plans and fill in whenever the hospital is experiencing a shortage of volunteers. She regularly volunteers more than 20 hours a week, yet her work often doesn't end when she leaves the hospital. She is constantly thinking of ways to help grow the hospital’s patient base by offering patient-centered hospitality and compassion to all who enter the hospital.
Ann’s vast knowledge of hospital operations makes her the perfect person to provide support in all areas of the hospital, especially the Emergency Department. Additionally, her knowledge of the hospital and personnel through years of hiring nurses has given her insight that she utilizes to train new volunteers who have little exposure in working directly with patients.
Bobby Cumberland, Director of Volunteer Services, indicated that Ann has been instrumental in helping build connections for future volunteers. He said, “She really makes it look simple, just by taking the time to explain the vision and goals of the volunteer program to patients and family members.” He added, “She has a tremendous ability to convey the importance of personal service to our new volunteers and helps them excel in achieving high service quality.”
“Helping patients and their families during their most vulnerable moments – when they are visiting the hospital for any procedure, large or small - is a wonderful extension of the medical care and treatment provided by our physicians and nurses,” Silverman said.
Ann stated, “I love the knowing that I may have made a difference by helping someone else feel like someone cares and understands, whether they’re a patient or visitor. She added “If I can help at least one person each day then I’ve done my job.”
About Madison River Oaks Medical Center
Conveniently located off I-55, just minutes from where Madison County families live and work, the Medical Center is a full-service, state-of-the-art facility designed to meet the healthcare needs of Madison County and beyond. This area’s newest hospital is home to exceptional care, the latest medical technology and highly skilled professionals.