Hospital Auxiliary honors volunteers

WEIRTON – The Weirton Medical Center Auxiliary held its annual awards dinner at the hospital July 16, recognizing the services provided by its membership.

Each year, the auxiliary honors many of its members for their dedication and work in the hospital. Each honoree is presented with a pin to note the number of volunteer hours they have given.

Among those recognized this year were Sally Bartis (150 hours); Barbara Hall (150 hours); Joan York (500 hours); Pat Gurerra (2,000 hours); Lola Starvaggi (3,000 hours); Paula Billick (4,000 hours); Barbara Cameron (4,000 hours); Augie DiGirolamo (4,000 hours); Marilyn Hinchee (6,000 hours); Peg Sweeney (9,000 hours); Grace Lenhart (11,000 hours); Elda Weekley (12,000 hours); Sondra Weigel (14,000 hours); and Jeannie Duffy (16,000 hours).

Selected as the auxiliary’s Volunteer of the Year was Grace Lenhart, who was presented with a certificate of appreciation in recognition of her years of service.

Sondra Weigel, auxiliary president, thanked each of the members for their service, noting there is much work at the hospital which would not have been done if not for the efforts of the auxiliary.

“This is not possible without all of you,” Weigel said.

Among the efforts noted by Weigel were renovations and upgrades to the hospital’s gift shop and a variety of fundraisers to assist with other programs.

Auxiliary members also volunteer at blood drives and other events held at Weirton Medical Center.

The auxiliary’s officers also include Jeannie Duffy, president-elect; Barbara Cameron, vice president; Elda Weekley, recording secretary; Mary Lou Batcho, corresponding secretary; and Paula Billick, treasurer.

Barbara Coulter, who has worked as the hospital’s liaison to the auxiliary for the past year, also thanked the group for their service.

“I knew it was going to be an honor and privilege to work with you all,” she said, noting the membership continues to amaze her with their hard work, dedication and loyalty to the hospital.

During the dinner, the auxiliary also recognized two local students who received scholarships from the organization.