Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A sweet day made a little sweeter!


Papa John's Pizza surprised volunteers with some sweet treats!!! Thank you Papa John's!!!

From L to R Volunteers: Amparo Bartlett, Dixie Cook, Sheila Gosnell, and Paulette Riding

Monday, June 29, 2015

2015 Auxiliary Officers


During the Volunteer Installation, Interim CEO Mike McCoy presented the 2015 Auxiliary Officers.

2015 Auxiliary Officers were presented honorary bouquets by Saint Mary's Interim CEO Mike McCoy and CFO Wendell Vanes
From L to R:
Saint Mary's Interim CEO Mike McCoy, Auxiliary Treasurer Sharyn French, Auxiliary Secretary Wanda Reed, Auxiliary Vice President Lynette Price, Auxiliary President Diana Stensland and Saint Mary's CFO Wendell VanEs.
Saint Mary's Interim CEO Mike McCoy giving the Oath of Office to the 2015 Auxiliary Officers.
From L to R: Treasurer Sharyn French, Secretary Wanda Reed , Vice President Lynette Price and   President Diana Stensland

2015 Auxiliary President Diana Stensland being presented with honorary bouquet


Monday, May 25, 2015

Saint Mary's Volunteers on Memorial Day

You can always find our Volunteers willing and ready to lend a hand, even on Holidays like today! They help when asked, but more importantly they help even when they're not asked. Most have taken the day off but these ladies are the perfect example of giving 100%. We are so very fortunate to have such amazing and generous volunteers. Thank you to all of our Volunteers for being such a valuable part of our team!
Saint Mary's dedicated volunteers from L to R:
 Dianne Rose and Karen Castleberry
Naomi darter, Audrey Olson and Nina Price

Friday, May 22, 2015

Papa Johns gives a warm "Thank You" to Volunteers

A special shout out to PAPA JOHN's for treating our volunteers to some delicious treats! Yesterday PAPA JOHN's delivered some savory Garlic Knots to our Volunteers. Today PAPA JOHN's own Michael Jennings delivered warm chocolate brownies to our vols! WOW!!! How special is that? THANK YOU PAPA JOHN'S!!

Book Donations for Auxiliary Scholarships!

Dorthy Carrell stopped by Saint Mary's today to drop off a donation of books to our Volunteers Gary Jay and Audrey Olson. Last year our Volunteers sold used books and held two scrub sales to provide more than $6000 in scholarships to employees pursuing nursing and clinical degrees. We appreciated your generous donation Dorthy! 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Volunteer Auxiliary Installation & Service Awards Luncheon

Saint Mary's Auxiliary Volunteers are the sweetest! So what a better way to recognized auxiliary members ,welcome new volunteers, and install officers then at their Candy themed Spring luncheon?!
Gumballs and lollipops and all sorts of treats,
And a vision of volunteers who are oh so sweet.
To share special gifts and talents each day
And give of themselves in every way.

Decorations included huge, brightly colored gumball machines, lush fabrics in different hues, large wrapped "gumballs" and "hard candy" lights!

Volunteers enjoyed a lunch of savory dishes and a variety of sweet desserts.


 Musical entertainment provided by Scott Arnold           and Diane Maxil

L to R: Vice President Lynette Price, President Diana Stensland, Interim CEO Mike McCoy and CFO Wendell VanEs

Thursday, May 14, 2015


Making an impact through 40 years of volunteering

For nearly 40 years, a familiar face has greeted patients with flowers, read get well cards and offered assistance to those entering Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

It’s a sense of helping another that keeps Delphine Zydzik volunteering at the hospital. It’s a role she filled for nearly 6,000 hours.

Although not a native of Russellville, Zydzik said she feels at home at Saint Mary’s. She began volunteering at the hospital in November 1975, when a nurse asked if she would like to help during her spare time.

Almost 40 years later, Zydzik has served as the past president of the auxiliary group and the nominating, scrapbook and media, phone and tray favors committees, in addition to implementing the sunshine committee, which sends cards to those in the group.

“I figure if I do a favor for one person a day, it makes me happy,” Zydzik said. “My favorite part of volunteering is making someone else happy.”

Zydzik and her husband, James, moved to the Arkansas River Valley from Milwaukee in June 1975 to aid in the construction of the Hackney Ladish facility. Now with two married sons, two grandsons and a great-granddaughter, Zydzik said she finds joy in helping those in her adoptive community.

“I kept meeting different people. I would open mail, read cards, stop by to say hello,” Zydzik said. “I’ve made a lot of good friends at the hospital.”

Among all the roles she filled during volunteering, Zydzik said she has most enjoyed watching newborn babies. She was called one day to watch a young girl whose mother was at work and whose father was active in military service. She spent eight hours with the patient and made a personal connection. That connection is one Zydzik said she will continue to foster as long as she can.

“I will continue to do this as long as I can,” Zydzik said. “Saint Mary’s has been good to me.”

Zydzik’s compassion for her role as a volunteer is evident in those she works with. Although new to volunteering at Saint Mary’s, Linda Jones said she has already made a friend in Zydzik.

“She always has a smile and has been very nice to me and those we help,” Jones said. “She’s a very pleasant person to work with.”

Volunteer Coordinator Diana Herrera said Zydzik’s volunteer effort is second to none.

“She has always strived to be actively involved with the volunteer duties since becoming a volunteer in 1975. You can ‘set your watch’ by her schedule. If she’s scheduled to work, you can bet she’s here,” Herrera said. “To say she is dependable is an understatement. We are very fortunate to have Delphine and all her knowledge here at Saint Mary’s as one of our wonderful volunteers.”