ABOVE: Pam Hazelwood, left, president of the WMC Volunteer Auxiliary, presents the final installment of $250K donation to foundation associate, Leigh Williams.
WILLIAMSON MEDICAL CENTER
A group of dedicated volunteers has fulfilled an ambitious commitment made five years ago to contribute $250K to the Williamson Medical Center Foundation to support the Child Life room at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center.
The Williamson Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary last week donated the final $50K installment of the $250K donation. The volunteers made the generous commitment in support of the foundation’s Phase 1 capital campaign to raise $8 million for construction of the Children’s Hospital and expansion and renovation of surgical suites.
“There was never any hesitation on the part of our group to support this endeavor, but early on I think we were a little nervous that we had set the bar too high,” said Pam Hazelwood, president of the volunteer auxiliary. “This is a major accomplishment resulting from a great deal of hard work and commitment on the part of our volunteers. We are extremely proud of the work we do to support our fine health system and the patients we serve.”
According to Hazelwood, the volunteers organize and manage a number of fundraising endeavors throughout the year. The group manages the medical center gift shop and invests the proceeds from that operation in the health system. They also host fundraisers throughout the year, in partnership with other vendors who give a percentage of the profits to the Auxiliary.
During the past five years, the Auxiliary has contributed in total nearly $400,000 to Williamson Medical Center. The group supports $10,000 in nursing scholarships annually and has funded specific requests for medical equipment. The Child Life room, a recreation space designed to give hospitalized children a respite from their hospital room, especially captured the hearts of the volunteers.
Foundation associate, Leigh Williams believes the commitment of these volunteers was precedent setting for the community. “The commitment of this core group of volunteers is over and above typical philanthropy,” she said. “Not only do they serve in the hospital every day to support our patients and staff, they also made this amazing financial gift that is so impactful for some of our youngest, most vulnerable patients.”
About 150 volunteers in total serve at Williamson Medical Center including youth volunteers. About 50 of those individuals are members of the Volunteer Auxiliary. If you would like more information about how you can serve as a volunteer, contact Angie Jones, volunteer program senior coordinator at (615) 435-5429.