August 25, 2008


COLUMBIA, Tenn. – The Maury Regional Hospital (MRH) Auxiliary reached a milestone on August 2 when Jacqueline Johnson became the 500th volunteer to join the organization’s ranks, serving in the Cuddler Program for newborns. A reception in celebration of this milestone was held on August 22.

“It’s exciting to be part of a volunteer organization that has continued to thrive locally while national volunteer rates have fallen for the past two years,” said Cindy Fox, director of volunteer services. “I think this speaks volumes about the community in which we live and their support of the mission of our hospital. We’re so pleased to have Jacqueline as a new volunteer.”

Though Johnson has a full-time job, she felt called to give of her time on her days off. “I always knew I wanted to volunteer for the hospital once I retired; but after hearing about the new programs available like Cuddlers, there was no reason to wait,” said Johnson.

The Cuddler program is designed to use specifically selected and specially trained volunteers to work under the strict supervision of the nursing staff, neonatologists and nurse practitioners in order to provide “tender loving care” to babies in the hospital’s well-baby nursery and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The program began in May.

Johnson is married to Respiratory Therapist Hugh Johnson. Their daughter, Haley, was a junior volunteer this summer. “It’s become important to our whole family to serve within the hospital. We feel a great sense of community here,” said Johnson. “You don’t have to have a fortune to be able to help and serve others; you just have to give of yourself.”

The MRH Auxiliary was organized with a group of 127 charter members shortly before the hospital opened its doors in December 1953. Since then, the group has grown to 500 men and women who now serve in 21 areas of the hospital. In addition to serving in various hospital departments, volunteers are involved in special programs such as Care-A-Van, a free campus shuttle service which transports approximately 26,000 people each year; and SuperStars, a program that keeps the most senior volunteers involved in the hospital.

“The dedication and love shown by our volunteers has helped the program grow to what it is today. The volunteers are such an important asset to the hospital, going above and beyond to assist our patients and visitors and staff,” said Cindy Fox, director of volunteer services.

For more information about the MRH Auxiliary or to become a volunteer, call Volunteer Services at 931.380.4047.


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