Thu, May 2, 2019
A woman who makes a profound difference in the lives of patients and team members in WellStar West Georgia Medical Center’s Oncology Services program has been honored as the hospital’s 2019 Volunteer of the Year.
Tina Quiggle, who began volunteering at the hospital 12 years ago, was recognized with WellStar West Georgia Auxiliary’s top honor at an annual luncheon to thank volunteers who donate their time to the hospital, Florence Hand Home and Twin Fountains Home.
Quiggle has volunteered 3,424 hours as she helps plan events; organizes the cancer care program’s resource library and its “Pink Room”; and coordinates baskets to give to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.
“Tina has graciously served along our employed team members for the past 12 years, and if you didn’t know she was a volunteer, you could easily assume she was a paid employee,” said Charlene McClanahan, director of oncology services. “She shines brightly and shows tireless dedication and an extraordinary willingness to do anything for our cancer care program.”
In her role, Quiggle also provides guidance for a new LaGrange College Servant Scholar each year who volunteers for Oncology Services as well.
“Every year as a new student is assigned to us, she gives excellent guidance and care when interacting with them,” McClanahan said. “She is a perfect mentor for those students who need to see purpose, dedication and compassion displayed in the community.”
McClanahan said Quiggle doesn’t take her role lightly and plays a meaningful role in WellStar West Georgia’s cancer care program.
“Tina’s determination to accomplish a task, whether a major undertaking or simple errand, is unmatched,” she said. “We are so grateful to work alongside a person who so humbly and compassionately gives of herself to make a difference in our lives, the lives of our patients, and in our community.”
Jean Lewis, director of Volunteer Services, said WellStar West Georgia’s 63 volunteers play a crucial role in the operations of the hospital and two nursing homes. The volunteers collectively log about 1,200 hours a month.
“Volunteers are a vital part of the WellStar West Georgia community,” Lewis said. “Sometimes their work isn’t tangible when their job is reassuring an apprehensive patient or sharing hope to a worried visitor. But that is just as important as other duties, such as delivering and reading mail to nursing home residents, ringing up sales in the gift shop, or serving as a liaison between families and caregivers in the ICU.”
For more information about volunteering, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (706) 845-3965.