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Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Hosts Annual Volunteer Luncheon

Florida Hospital Zephyrhills (FHZ) celebrated 106 volunteers in attendance at its annual awards luncheon on Thursday, March 15 at the Scotland Yards Golf Club in Dade City. This marked the 34th volunteer awards luncheon that FHZ has hosted to recognize its volunteers’ dedication and contributions.

Pins to commemorate volunteer hours were a key part of the ceremony. From 100 hours to 9,000 cumulative hours, 94 volunteers were deserving of this honor. Two Zephyrhills volunteers, Marge Jarvis and Lavona Gillham, both of whom began their FHZ volunteer journey seven and a half years ago, were recognized for having the most number of hours.

Jarvis has contributed 9,000 hours over her tenure by volunteering at the information desk, keeping track of other volunteers’ hours, giving of her time in the gift shop and currently serving on the FHZ Auxiliary Board of Directors as Secretary.

Additionally, Lavona Gillham has dedicated 7,000 hours to FHZ largely by playing an integral role in the volunteer office. There, Gillham answers the phone, processes new volunteers, does data entry and creates and maintains volunteer personnel files.

“These ladies are blessings to our volunteer team,” said Brenda Welcher, FHZ’s Volunteer Services Manager. “Marge has received many compliments for going above and beyond her duties at the front lobby information desk. She once paid for someone’s taxi, prays with guests, and is diligent about finding the right person to answer a guest’s question. We’re proud that Marge was elected Volunteer of the Quarter in 2017 and received an award at the “Heroes Among Us” celebration last year presented by U.S. Representative Gus Bilirakis.”

“Lavona is an amazing help,” Welcher continued. “She is dependable, creative, knowledgeable and efficient. When Lavona sees something to be done, she takes the initiative. And, when she recognizes that a process could be improved, Lavona uses her skills to refine it.” 

Luncheon speakers included Welcher; Amanda Maggard, FHZ President and CEO; Khelsea Bauer, Interim Operations Leader; and Roz Hill, Auxiliary President.

“Thanks to the generous businesses in our community, every volunteer attending received a door prize,” Welcher added.

FHZ is presently recruiting volunteer ambassadors to escort visitors to their destination, serve at the front lobby information desk on weekends or at the CREATION® Health Wellness Center front desk any weekday or weekend. If any of these opportunities sound interesting, please contact Welcher at (813) 779-6256.         

PHOTO CAPTION: Zephyrhills residents and Florida Hospital Zephyrhills (FHZ) volunteers Marge Jarvis (left) and Lavona Gillham (right), pose with Interim Operations Leader Khelsea Bauer. Jarvis and Gillham were recognized for contributing 9,000 and 7,000 volunteer hours to the hospital, respectively.  

About Florida Hospital Zephyrhills
Florida Hospital Zephyrhills (FHZ) is an award winning 149-bed regional medical center located in East Pasco County.  It is a proud member of the Adventist Health System, providing a legacy of health and healing for more than 150 years.  FHZ has been named One of America’s Best Hospitals for 2018 in heart care; stroke; orthopedics; and patient safety by the Women’s Choice Award®. The hospital is also the first in Florida to receive The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. FHZ offers the only comprehensive cardiovascular program in East and Central Pasco County, including open heart surgery and valve repair. Equipped with eight technologically advanced surgical suites, the hospital provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient surgical services including, but not limited to general, orthopedic, endoscopic, gynecology, urology, cardiovascular and robotic procedures.  The Women’s Health Center at FHZ provides gynecology, urology, pelvic floor health, obstetrics and breast care through the Simpson Breast Health Center. And, the hospital’s recently renovated ER delivers emergency medical care 24/7 with a fast track suite for minor emergencies. Other programs and services include a Wellness Center, Wellness Spa, Center for Wound Healing, Bone and Joint Center, Outpatient Rehabilitation and Diagnostic Imaging.  To learn more visit