Volunteers are a big part of Florida Hospital Zephyrhills (FHZ) and recently, U.S. Representative Gus Bilirakis honored Zephyrhills residents Marge Jarvis and Germaine Newcomb at Pasco Hernando State College in New Port Richey during the “Heroes Among Us” event organized by his office. The event paid tribute to individuals who have exemplified dedication to volunteerism, good deeds, and going above and beyond to serve others.
“Marge and Germaine are shining examples of the dedicated volunteers at FHZ who make a commitment to helping us elevate the care we give to our patients,” said Brenda Welcher, FHZ Volunteer Services Manager. In 2016, almost 200 FHZ volunteers collectively delivered more than 41,000 hours of service, she added.
Newcomb began her volunteer tenure with FHZ in 1999 and has logged 20,900 hours. For 17 years, she has faithfully crocheted hats and booties for newborns and their parents are very grateful to receive this special gift, Welcher said.
Jarvis, who has volunteered at FHZ since 2010 and accumulated over 8,000 hours, primarily serves as a front lobby information desk volunteer but also helps maintain volunteer records, assists in the gift shop and is responsible for creating the first-ever volunteer directory, said Welcher.
“We consider it such a blessing to be chosen as the organization where these outstanding volunteers serve,” Welcher added. “It’s a proven fact that volunteers live longer, healthier and happier lives. We always welcome new volunteers and love to hear from individuals who are interested in exploring such opportunities with us.”