Health System Honors Brunswick Campus Volunteers During National Volunteer Week

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: May 1, 2008 – Southeast Georgia Health System Brunswick Campus volunteers were honored at the annual Volunteer Week Luncheon on Thursday, May 1, in the Linda S. Pinson Conference Center. The Health System recognized all of its volunteers—members of the Auxiliary, Pet Therapy Program, Health System Foundation Board, Glynn-Brunswick Memorial Hospital Authority, Volunteens, Ministers, and members of the First Steps program.

During the celebration, James Walker, a member of the Auxiliary, was presented with the Phyllis S. Tollison Volunteer of the Year Award. The Auxiliary also presented Gary R. Colberg, FACHE, Health System president and CEO, a check for $90,000 that will be used for patient care services and equipment at the Brunswick Campus. The money was raised through gift shop sales and Auxiliary fundraisers, such as jewelry and book sales.

“Our volunteers help make the Health System what it is today—a regional leader in healthcare services,” Colberg says. “They put in hours of service each year doing everything from operating our gift shop, to greeting patients and visitors, transporting patients, and more. We are so thankful to have such a vibrant, caring group of volunteers who make all of our jobs easier and bring joy to our patients, visitors, and team members.”

According to Kristin Doll, manager of Volunteer Services, the Auxiliary alone volunteered a total of 28,237 hours last year. “While we find the value of our volunteers to be priceless, the estimated dollar value of those hours of service is $550,903.87,” Doll says. “Volunteers are a vital part of our Southeast Georgia Health System team and their continued dedication has been instrumental in helping us achieve greater levels of service each and every year.”

Auxiliary volunteers were also presented service bars that can be attached to their volunteer pins, designating the hours of service they have provided. Service bars start at a minimum of 300 hours and increase according to hours served.

Honored for their hours of service for the past year were:

1,500 hours – Ivalee Roberson;

900 hours– Jonell Thompson;

800 hours – Marion Clark;

600 hours – Tom Bullock, Jean Farrant, Larry Greene, Christell Harris, and Dorothy Kastroll;

500 hours – Tommie Anderson, Donna Carle, Jim Crandall, Patti Crandall, Billie Croft, Linda Greene, Rheba Mathis, Charles McCollum, Anne Rivers, and James Walker;

400 hours – Janet Burchfield, Jack Carter, Dot Faulk, Carol Johnson, Bettye McGuire, Frankie Murphy, Suzanne Palmer, Gail Sapp, Gail Schmidt, Cynthia Shuman, Virginia Smith, Ed Storch, Darryl Toler, Ann Vamvaks, Tony Vamvaks, and Connie White;

300 hours – Dixie Alford, Emma Lou Anderson, Marge Anderson, Ruby Brannen, Pauline Carson, Mary Lynne Cochran, John Cowman, Joyce Farnell, Bob Hayes, Gilda Haythorn, Jean Holcomb, Pat Huff, Connie Johnson, Sandra Langford, Jeanette Lindsey, Troy Lindsey, Suzanne Mahrenholz, Wanda McLaughlin, Nathalee McNeely, Harriett Murph, Mary O’Hara, Dorothy Simmons, Kathy Strickland, and Carlotta Tollison.

To find out how to become a volunteer at the Brunswick Campus, call (912) 466-1071 or email or visit the Health System Web site at