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Published on November 26, 2013

Cone Health Volunteers Achieve Five Star Rankings

The hospital volunteer programs at Alamance Regional Medical Center and Annie Penn Hospital have been named five-star programs by the North Carolina Hospital Volunteers. The North Carolina Hospital Volunteer Five Star Award is based on services, training, community involvement, fundraising, teen programs, gift shop operations and patient care support.

"Our volunteers add that extra level of service to patients, families and visitors alike," says Alamance Regional Volunteer Services Director Gina Blackwell. "While this award recognizes our program, it is our volunteers who really make this program special."

"This really shows the ‘can-do’ spirit of our volunteers," says Annie Penn Hospital Auxiliary Board President Ruth Ashley. "Whether it is a patient, a family member or a hospital visitor, our volunteers are dedicated to making a visit to Annie Penn Hospital the best it can possibly be." Annie Penn Hospital Volunteer Services earned 400 points on the scale used to judge volunteer programs. That was easily more than the 385 that is required for five-star status.

More than 400 volunteers at Alamance Regional contributed nearly 66,000 hours of services to the community last year. 103 volunteers gave nearly 18,000 hours of service to the community at Annie Penn Hospital.

Volunteers greet visitors at entrances, run the hospital gift shop, escort patients and visitors and provide a host of other services at hospitals across Cone Health.

Alamance Regional is seeking volunteers at Mebane Medical Park. People interested in volunteering should go to armc.com/volunteers.

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