Dozens of volunteers with the Auxiliary to Baylor Scott & White Waxahachie were honored Tuesday morning during the group’s annual meeting, which also saw the installation of officers.

Outgoing president Don Goodenough expressed his appreciation to the volunteers who, combined, contributed more than 15,000 hours of service to the hospital campus in the past six months alone.

“Volunteering is love made physical,” Goodenough said as a “thought for the day” before adding, “Thank you for all the love you spread.”

Now a BS&W Waxahachie department, Auxiliary volunteers not only contribute hours of service across the Waxahachie campus but also help to raise funds for the facility’s equipment and other needs.

BS&W Waxahachie president Will Turner expressed his appreciation for the Auxiliary members’ contributions. 

“Thank you for everything you do,” he said. “We would not be where we are today without you. At the end of the day we’re all here to serve the community and I can’t thank you enough.”

Turner provided those on hand with an update about different projects under way and other goals being accomplished by the facility, including a transition to a new electronic medical record system that will facilitate the connection between the hospital, physicians and medical offices.

“It’s going to be a great thing,” he said. “There’s lots of exciting stuff going on.”

An ongoing major goal for the facility is to be able to offer care in Ellis County that will help people stay near home as opposed to having to go to another facility in the Metroplex. And that includes working toward addressing trauma, stroke and chest pain issues at a high level, he said.

“We want people to be able to receive the care they need in Ellis County,” he said.

The facility is now working toward its level 3 trauma certification and is adding a neonatal unit as the Waxahachie campus is delivering more than 1,000 babies each year, Turner said, adding that new medical hires include two gastroenterologists and an endocrinologist, which he said would be the first to be based in Ellis County.

Additional primary care physicians are in the works as are primary care/urgent care offices, Turner said, noting that BS&W Waxahachie primary care physicians are at 105-percent of capacity, a reflection of the growth the county is experiencing.

“It’s a bit of a balancing act,” he said of ensuring staffing and office facilities are matching up with patient needs. He noted that several building projects are in the works.

Turner said he was particularly pleased with patient satisfaction scores that place the facility in the top 7-percent of hospitals in the country. Much of that he attributed to the Auxiliary volunteers for their efforts alongside BS&W Waxahachie staff.

“Patients really feel they are being taken care of by a family member or friends,” he said.

Incoming president Billie McCullough said she looked forward to serving her two-year term and thanked Goodenough for his service. 

“We will continue that good work,” she said, going on to describe the relationship between the Auxiliary and BS&W Waxahachie as one of “mutual appreciation.”

Encouraging everyone to continue their volunteering, McCullough also asked that members support the Auxiliary’s gift store, located in the hospital, and its thrift shop, located at 431 N. College St. Both have sales going on at this time, she reminded everyone while encouraging them to spread the word.

As part of the meeting, which included brunch, service-hour honorees were announced, with each presented a bar to add to his or her auxiliary pin.

500-hour honorees:

• Jane Acker

• Vickie Almand

• Stan Davis

• Greg Forde

• Frances Fuller

• Christi Gibson

• Ann Hudgins

• Romah McElroy

• Barbara Van Alstyne

• Connie Wammack

• Dinah Weable

1,000-hour honorees:

• Donald Blakely

• Margo Sue McCain

• Jeanette Moore

• Bonnie Simmons

1,500-hour honorees:

• Andrea Blake

• Mollie Gattin

• Nancy Ross

• Karen Sigmund

• Brenda Stevenson

• Joan Powell

2,000-hour honorees:

• Orise Kopnak

• Billie McCullough

2,500-hour honorees:

• Mary Crowell

• Linda Harris

• Mary Stricklan

3,500-hour honorees:

• Tamie Davis

• Carol Dole

4,000-hour honoree:

• Barbara Little

4,500-hour honoree:

• Don Goodenough

5,500-hour honorees:

• Sherry Dicks

• Judy Huff

6,000-hour honoree:

• Sandy Goodenough

Baylor Spirit one-star gold pin recipients:

• Mollie Gattin

• Nancy Green

Also recognized at the meeting were the new members who’ve joined the Auxiliary since January: Carolyn Boyer, Dana Brewer, Lois Burgess, Debra Chachere, Ben Chesebro, Wanda Coleman, Emily Glidewell-Finch, Nan Gragg, Naomi Hubler, Mary Kruse, Jan Merrill, Charlene McPike, Ann Marie Normandin, Suzanne Thomas and Rose Linda Trevino.

Recognized in memoriam were Charlene Jacoby, Susie Patschke and Glenna Sonnenberg. It was noted that Patschke, who passed away in early June, had earned her 9,000-hour service bar.

For more information about the Auxiliary, including information on how to become a volunteer, call 469-843-4032.

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