Hospital volunteer director honored
Wyn Award goes to those dedicated to serving GSDVS
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.
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.