Hospi­tal vol­un­teer di­rec­tor hon­ored

Wyn Award goes to those ded­i­cated to serv­ing GSDVS

The Covington News - - Local News -

Martha Tay­lor, di­rec­tor of Vol­un­teer Ser­vices at New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter, was the re­cip­i­ent of the pres­ti­gious Wyn Award and the Best Prac­tice Pro­gram Award at the re­cent Ge­or­gia So­ci­ety of Direc­tors of Vol­un­teer Ser­vices an­nual con­fer­ence held in St. Si­mon’s Is­land.

Tay­lor made his­tory by re­ceiv­ing the Wyn award for the sec­ond time in her ca­reer. “ This is the first time our so­ci­ety has given the award to a past re­cip­i­ent which cer­tainly demon­strates that her many con­tri­bu­tions have been sig­nif­i­cant and have made an im­pact on her col­leagues,” said Mar­i­anne Askew, GSDVS awards chair­man. Tay­lor was se­lected by her peers from around the state.

The Wyn Award is given in recog­ni­tion of out­stand­ing ded­i­ca­tion to GSDVS and to health­care vol­un­teerism. The GSDVS, an arm of the Ge­or­gia Hospi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion, pro­motes pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment and en­cour­ages col­lab­o­ra­tion among so­ci­ety mem­bers.

Ac­cord­ing to Askew, the Wyn Award was cre­ated to rec­og­nize a mem­ber who has served on the board for at least two years, who pro­motes the mis­sion and vi­sion of GSDVS, has made a no­table con- tri­b­u­tion to the growth and de­vel­op­ment of the so­ci­ety, who projects a pro­fes­sional im­age and who has served as a men­tor to peers.

“There is a long his­tory of giv­ing this award which is named for Wyn Zeh, char­ter mem­ber, first pres­i­dent in 1977-78 and first re­cip­i­ent of the award in 1981,” said Askew. “This year, as GSDVS News­let­ter chair­man, Tay­lor un­der­took mak­ing ma­jor changes to the news­let­ter and made it more of an ed­u­ca­tional tool for mem­bers,” she added.

The Best prac­tice Award is given in recog­ni­tion of the most out­stand­ing vol­un­teer pro­gram in the ar­eas of Com­mu­nity Out­reach, In- House Pro­grams or Fundrais­ing. Tay­lor sub­mit­ted The Hope Bou­tique project for this award cat­e­gory and won first place among sev­eral other en­tries. The pro­gram, judges by direc­tors of vol­un­teer ser­vices in North Carolina, Ten­nessee and Alabama, was deemed as in­no­va­tive and unique, mak­ing a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the com­mu­nity its serves.

The Hope Bou­tique is a part of The Women’s Di­ag­nos­tic Cen­ter at NMC which pro­vides free wigs, tur­bans and pros­the­ses to can­cer pa­tients un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy. The project was a dream of NMC vol­un­teer Kay Goff who as a breast can­cer sur­vivor knew all too well the chal­lenges pa­tients face as a re­sult of can­cer treat­ment. “Kay is the heart and soul of the HOPE project,” said Tay­lor dur­ing her pre­sen­ta­tion at the con­fer­ence. “She pro­vides emo­tional sup­port to pa­tients and has re­ally made a dif­fer­ence in our bat­tle against breast can­cer lo­cally.”

Tay­lor has been the di­rec­tor of Vol­un­teer Ser­vices at New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter for 25 years and has been the guid­ing force for many fund rais­ing and com­mu­nity out­reach projects such as The Hope Bou­tique. Last the vol­un­teers at NMC re­ceived top rank­ing among 15 other lo­cal Ge­or­gia hos­pi­tals by SatisQuest, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that mon­i­tors pa­tient sat­is­fac­tion. They re­ceived Best Prac­tice in the vol­un­teer cat­e­gory with a score of 98.5.

Sub­mit­ted photo

NMC Can­cer Group Leader Kay Goff, left, Man­ager of The Women’s Di­ag­nos­tic Cen­ter Lisa McWil­liams and NMC Di­rec­tor of Vol­un­teer Ser­vices Martha Tay­lor pose with the Wyn Award.

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