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MSHA looking for volunteers to help patients, families

June 14th, 2013 4:35 pm by Sue Guinn Legg

MSHA looking for volunteers to help patients, families

Mountain States Health Alliance is looking for volunteers who would like to make an impact in the lives of patients, families and hospital visitors across the region.
Lynnis Hornsby, MSHA’s corporate director of Volunteers and Auxiliary Resources, said volunteers are often the first people patients and visitors see when they walk into a hospital.
“All it takes is a caring heart and a few hours of your time. That friendly face can make a world of difference to someone who may be anxious or suffering. For anyone who would like to make a difference or just give back to your community, this is the opportunity,” Hornsby said.
And the hospitals have many roles to fill — in their gift shops, at their information desks and in their cancer-treatment centers, as patient ambassadors, hospital navigators and courtesy cart drivers at Johnson City Medical Center, Niswonger Children’s Hospital, Franklin Woods Community Hospital and Quillen Rehabilitation Hospital in Johnson City; at Sycamore Shoals Hospital in Elizabethton; at Indian Path Medical Center in Kingsport; at MSHA’s community hospitals in Norton and Smyth and Russell counties in Southwest Virginia; and at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Va.
All of the hospitals’ gift shops are nonprofit operations of the Mountain States Auxiliary and volunteers are continuously needed in shops for shifts of three to four hours. Hornsby said patients’ family members often come in to the gift shops in need of someone to talk to and volunteers can be a big help simply by being there to listen.
“Volunteers are an integral part of our workforce,” she said, and the huge number of hours served each year by the hospitals’ volunteers prove “we live in communities where people give their most important resource, their time, to serve others.”
Anyone interested in helping is invited to learn more about the opportunities available online at or by calling 431-6870.

Fountain of Life Bible Church is planning a two-day fun and fundraising event for Niswonger Children’s Hospital, beginning Friday night with a benefit road race starting at the Appalachian Fairgrounds in Gray.
Hosted by Wings of Eagles Running Club, the “Leo Young/Lance Hamilton 5K” run will take to the streets at 7. On-site registration will open on site at 5 or may be completed in advance of the race online by clicking on the info box located at the top of the church’s website at The registration fee is $25 and all proceeds will go to the children’s hospital.
The race is being held to kick off a full day of unique fundraising events for the children’s hospital to be held at the fairgrounds Saturday, including a Duck Commander Look Alike contest, golf cart and lawn mower drag races, a muddiest four-wheeler competition, a car, motorcycle, four-wheeler and golf cart show, an archery competition, a Ted Nugent personal arrow and sporting goods auction and more. And if that weren’t enough, the day will wrap up with a benefit concert featuring Fortress, Ivy Road and Face Like Flint.
For more information about the events, look for the Fountain of Life Bible Church ad in today’s Johnson City Press. For more information about Friday night’s 5K, call Matt Young at 794-8142.
On July 3, the Elizabethton/Carter County United Way will host a Stars & Stripes Run/Walk to benefit the eight health and human services serving Carter County residents supported by the county’s annual United Way campaign.
Held in conjunction with Elizabethton’s 4th of July celebration, the 4-mile road race will begin at 8 p.m. at Cat Island on 5th Street. Race packet pickup and on-site registration will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. The registration fee is $20 for runners who sign up by July 2, or $25 on the day of the race. Registration forms and more information are available online at or may be obtained by calling United Way Debbie Guy at 543-6975 or emailing

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