December 31, 2020 – Southeast Georgia Health System
Volunteer Services recently announced Suzanne Palmer as the
Brunswick Campus Volunteer of the Quarter and Barbara Ashburn as the
Camden Campus Volunteer of the Quarter.
Suzanne Palmer, a retired Glynn County teacher of 31 years, began volunteering
in the Health System’s Gift Shop in 2001. She was one of the first
volunteers to return when volunteer activities resumed after being suspended in March.
“Suzanne not only assists customers in our gift shop, she takes excellent
care of them,” says Peggy Tuten, president, Brunswick Campus Volunteer
Services. “Customers are made to feel extra welcome by her warm
and friendly manner while benefitting from her 20 plus years of experience.
She is very committed, rarely absent and is always willing to lend an
extra hand to her fellow volunteers when needed.”
Palmer and her husband, Bob, have two sons and four grandchildren. In her
spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, traveling (pre-COVID) and cheering
on the Georgia Bulldogs.
Barbara Ashburn, a registered dietician, began volunteering with the Health
System at Coastal Medical Access Project (CMAP) in 2012 to coach patients
on good nutrition and the positive impact it could have on their health.
“When CMAP closed, Barbara wanted to continue volunteering and fortunately
for us she landed at the Sen ior Care Center-St. Marys,” says Deana
Belcher, president, Camden Campus Volunteer Services. “For the past
several years, Barbara has assisted with the bingo games and has helped
the activities team with special projects and events. When COVID-19 restrictions
went into effect at the Senior Care Center, Barbara and co-volunteer,
Judy Welch, realized that the holidays would be especially lonely for
the residents, so they decided they would send cards to all the residents
during holidays. They have sent cards for each holiday since March.”
Ashburn and her husband, Tim, have three daughters and five grandchildren.
Ashburn is a wellness advocate and she likes to stay active so when she’s
not volunteering she enjoys swimming, biking, playing tennis and gardening.
She is active with a number of community organizations including the St.
Marys Garden Club, Camden House and is a member of Our Lady Star of the
Sea Catholic Church.
More than 300 volunteers generously share their time and talents to assist
patients, visitors and team members at the Southeast Georgia Health System
Brunswick and Camden campuses, as well as the
Senior Care Centers in Brunswick and St. Marys. To learn more about
volunteer opportunities, contact Kristin Doll, CAVS, director,
Volunteer Services, at 912-466-1071 or visit sghs.org/volunteer.