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Citrus Memorial Hospital Auxiliary recently named Inverness residents Larry and Sandi Phillips as "Volunteer of the Year". This is the first time a couple has been given this honor in the seven years that the annual award has been given at CMH to recognize excellence among the volunteer service.

Sandi and Larry joined the CMH Auxilians in January 1995, after moving here from Michigan. Sandi's is one of the welcoming faces you see when entering the hospital's lobby, as she has worked on the Information Desk for most of her CMH career, and is chairperson for this function. She is also known for making Christmas wreaths to sell for an Auxiliary fundraiser. This year she shared some of her secrets at a session of the hospital's brown-bag lunch series.

Larry has spent most of his CMH volunteering career in Diagnostic Imaging. He currently is serving as Co-Chair in this area. He's been kept on his toes recently during the department's extensive renovations. Larry and Sandi both have helped decorate the hospital at Christmas time, a big job that staff and visitors alike really appreciate, and they have participated for CMH in the Inverness Christmas parade for several years.

Since she began, Sandi has contributed 4,500 hours of service to CMH, and Larry has contributed nearly 3,000 hours. They embody the CMH values of caring, skill and dedication, and the hospital thanks them.

During the year 2003, Citrus Memorial Hospital's 290 volunteers contributed 66,716 hours to the hospital, a 7 percent increase over last year's already impressive total. They provided $1,000 scholarships to seven employees to further their nursing careers, and donated nearly $32,000 in much-needed medical equipment.

Since the Auxiliary began 46 years ago, it has given more than $500,000 in equipment and materials, $122,000 in student scholarships and they have donated more than 600,000 hours of service to the hospital. The hospital is very grateful for such an active, dedicated volunteer group.

Special recognition was also given to the following volunteers. Eight CMH Auxiliary volunteers have contributed more than 1,000 hours of service during the year 2003. They are: Lincoln Carlton, F. William Ortolf, Sandi Phillips, Iva Puckett, Glenn Rhinesmith, Dean Wagner, John Stewart and Randy Allen.

Auxilians work in 30 departments all over the hospital, doing everything from the necessary and extremely helpful paperwork tasks to the more fun jobs interacting with patients and their families, other visitors and staff. Citrus Memorial Hospital applauds and thanks its dedicated Auxiliary members.

Citrus Memorial Hospital recently named Sandi and Larry Phillips "Volunteer of the Year" for 2003. Sandi, left, holds the plaque which was presented by Ryan Beatty, CMH Chief Executive Officer, center, while Larry looks on. This is the first time this award has been given to a couple.


SILVER ANNIVERSARY OF SERVICE: Service awards were recently presented to four members of the Property Appraiser's staff for 25 years of service. Shown, from left, are Sybil Barco, Melanie Hensley, Debra Faul and RoseMary Baumann. RoseMary and Debra have served all 25 years with the Property Appraiser's office. Sybil and Melanie each spent part of their 25 years with other constitutional offices in Citrus County.