Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South honored its 145 volunteers at the thirty-seventh annual Texas Health Huguley Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on April 7 at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth. Lezo Foley of Crowley and Rose Ann Jones of Rendon were selected as Volunteer of the Year and Rookie Volunteer of the Year, respectively.
“Our new hospital is beginning to take shape, and our volunteers are leading the way during construction. They guide visitors to their destinations, and their generosity, compassion, patience and dedication are truly an inspiration to us all. We’d be lost without them, literally,” Texas Health Huguley Volunteer Services Coordinator Caryl Bean said.
In 2014, Texas Health Huguley volunteers served 36,253 hours, the equivalent of more than 17 full-time employees, which equates to approximately $381,000 in salaries. Volunteers played a vital role in 36 departments of Texas Health Huguley.
Volunteer of the Year—Lezo Foley
“We are blessed with 145 outstanding volunteers at Texas Health Huguley, and choosing the volunteer of the year is not an easy task. That’s why I put the volunteers in charge of selecting the volunteer of the year! The volunteers came through with an excellent choice again this year,” said Bean.
Lezo Foley began volunteering as a rover at Texas Health Huguley in 2011, and quickly offered to do a second shift each week. He also makes himself available to help at the fundraising sales and to fill in whenever he is needed.
“Lezo handles every task, large or small, urgent or insignificant, with a smile, a kind word and a positive attitude,” Bean explained.
Foley and his wife Veronica have eight children and five grandchildren. He is also running for Crowley City Council this year.
Rookie Volunteer of the Year—Rose Ann Jones
Rose Ann Jones has a regular shift in the surgery waiting room, but she also substitutes for other volunteers when they are unable to make their shifts. She also helps at many of the volunteers’ fund raising sales.
“Rose Ann came in and made a positive difference from her first day, and she keeps giving more of her time and accepting more responsibility,” said Bean.
A retired x-ray tech, Jones worked with orthopedic surgeons for 36 years and plans to volunteer with the orthopedic program when it expands later this spring.
She and her husband, Jim, have one son and three grandchildren. She also volunteers several times each month at Bass Hall.
In addition to donating their time, Texas Health Huguley volunteers donated more than $34,000 for medical equipment, plus an additional $10,000 for scholarships. Volunteers raise this money throughout the year through vendor sales of books, uniforms and accessories, as well as sales of volunteer-made crafts, coffee, baked goods, and baby mums.
For more information about volunteer opportunities at Texas Health Huguley Hospital, please call 817-551-2707.