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CCMH Celebrates Auxiliary Volunteers in Honor of National Volunteer Week

April 17, 2023

Carroll County Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer Scott Thoreson presents the CCMH Auxiliary Volunteers with the “Pride in Your Work” award for thinking outside the box and suggesting ways to make the hospital a more efficient and user-friendly environment for patients and visitors. From left, Jane Ross, Nancy Schmidt, Norma Barry, Annette Sweeney, Judy Travis, Nancy Staton, Wanda Wilson, Don Lightfoot, Scott Thoreson, Jim Paul, Vaona Knott, Terri Rocke, Eileen Ferguson, Linda Lavelock, the late Marlyn Martin, Peggy Swearingin and Mikki Evans.

CARROLLTON, Mo. – Carroll County Memorial Hospital is very thankful for the core group of compassionate men and women who dedicate their time to the organization, employees and especially the patients.

National Volunteer Week is celebrated annually during the third week of April and this year it will be observed from April 16-22. This week-long celebration is about placing a spotlight on inspiring figures whose invaluable seeds of kindness through volunteering are bettering the community and our world in general. 

In celebration, Carroll County Memorial Hospital staff held their annual volunteer appreciation breakfast and ceremony after the April Auxiliary meeting, where they recognized the service of the Auxiliary volunteers. This year’s theme was Volunteers Make the World a Brighter Place.

“Our volunteers give of their time in so many ways, including sewing and quilting items for patients, welcoming guests as they enter the hospital and donating funds to various patient needs,” said Kate Bonderer, CCMH Director of Community Relations and Auxiliary Liaison. “We are incredibly grateful they choose to share their talents with us.”

Some examples of items the Auxiliary volunteers make for CCMH patient are:

  • Children’s activity bags
  • Eyeglass cases
  • Blankets and quilts
  • Pillows
  • Sensory Aprons
  • Pocket Prayer Quilts

As a group, the volunteers contributed a combined total of 2,770 hours over the last year. CEO Scott Thoreson presented them with a “Pride in Your Work” award for thinking outside the box and suggesting ways to make the hospital a more efficient and user-friendly environment for patients and visitors.

“In addition to the event, we honored our volunteers by collecting heartfelt notes of appreciation from staff and sharing photos and stories about our volunteers on Facebook,” Bonderer said. “Our current group of volunteers consists of 15 individuals who love helping others and having a sense of purpose. If you know someone who might be interested in volunteering at CCMH, please contact me at 636-733-6918.”

“I know all of us in the Emergency Room (ER) very much appreciate each and every one of them that help with kid’s bags, blankets, toys, animals, just anything that is provided to us,” said Becky Cook, CCMH ER nurse. “The kids light up with anything they receive, it really helps put a smile on their face after being stuck with us. The bags of goodies are even more helpful on those long ER stays, they really help keep them busy.”

“What an awesome group of people who are willing to give of themselves to help others,” said Mady Grider, CCMH Rehabilitation Therapy department. “We greatly appreciate the many ways that these volunteers have helped our hospital to prosper and grow. They have helped to give our patients and visitors that much needed extra smile, attention, and kind word of encouragement in their healthcare journeys. Thank you for allowing God to use your hands to do his work!”

For more information about the services at Carroll County Memorial Hospital, visit our website or call 660-542-1695.

Carroll County Memorial Hospital (CCMH), the area’s premier healthcare resource, is a 25-bed Critical Access facility serving Carrollton and the surrounding communities. It offers 24-hour emergency care, specialized services such as advanced diagnostics, post-acute skilled care (swing bed) and comprehensive family care. CCMH is dedicated to the Health and Well Being of All We Serve. For more information, visit