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Sue Marple is BCMH Volunteer of the Year

Auxiliary members recognized

On Monday, September 12, members from the WVU Medicine/Braxton County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and leadership team gathered for lunch and fellowship to honor the members of the auxiliary.

Each fall, the Auxiliarians are honored for their dedication, and awarded pins indicating their level of service, which is based on hours volunteered to BCMH and the community. Highlighting this year’s recognition was the naming of the prestigious “Volunteer of the Year.” This year’s recipient was Sue Marple of Flatwoods.

For 2022, a total of thirteen volunteers were awarded pins for cumulative hours, including longtime member Wilda Sears who had dedicated an astounding 5,100 hours to BCMH and the community through volunteer services.

New members joining the Auxiliary for the upcoming year, Terry Hoover and Evelyn Post, were also recognized.

CEO, Louis Roe, WVU Medicine/Braxton County Memorial Hospital CEO was in attendance for the luncheon and thanked the auxiliary for their service. “Our hospital is seeing growth, and the auxiliary is a vital part of that growth. A lot has been accomplished since the hospital’s inception in 1981, and the efforts of every volunteer can be felt. Healthcare can be rewarding, yet stressful. The fact that they volunteer to do things for the community is wonderful, and an impressive number of hours have gone into the success we are today.” 

As health care transforms to better meet the needs of patients and communities, volunteers play a strategically critical role in supporting the evolution. Braxton has been blessed for many years with a resolute team of volunteers. Dedicating countless hours of time and affection to the community and BCMH, the auxiliary has helped in ways such as equipment purchases, patient and visitor screenings, blood mobile services and community outreach, just to name a few. Like many other activities, COVID certainly created challenges, at one point bringing auxiliary actions to a halt at the BCMH campus, but with the start of 2022 and the relaxation in some of the associated guidelines, the return of the services was a welcome homecoming for both staff and volunteers.