George, Charline and Susan Shanks recently received the Marjorie Covington Smith Auxilian of the Year award for their service to Northeast Georgia Health System and The Medical Center Auxiliary.
They were awarded during a volunteer appreciation luncheon held in May at the Gainesville First Baptist Church Banquet Hall.
The family began volunteering in 1991 and has given more than 20,000 combined hours of service.
George Shanks began volunteering in the hospital’s Emergency Department as a Patient Friend and has also served in Radiation Oncology, Educational Services and Occupational Therapy. His wife, Charline Shanks, began volunteering as a baby photographer and took photos for 15 years. She also served with First Steps, Creative Care and New Horizons Lanier Park.
In 2005, they both began volunteering with the Reader to Patient Book Cart and eventually joined Mended Hearts.
The Shanks’ daughter, Susan, has given more than 10,500 hours since 1991 in areas including Educational Services, Public Relations, Respiratory Therapy, Essentially for Women and Human Resources. For the past 10 years, she has volunteered at New Horizons Limestone and Lanier Park.
Other volunteers also were recognized at the banquet, including Jan Evans, who received the Nell Whelchel Wiegand Patient Friend award. Evans has served the hospital in Surgical Services and at the South Patient Tower Information Desk. She volunteers weekly at the North Patient Tower Information Desk. She also often helps with special projects and events, including the Auxiliary's annual holiday shopping event, Marketplace. She has volunteered for 17 years and has given almost 4,000 hours of service.
Another volunteer, Lorena Collins, was recognized for 24,400 hours of service, which is the greatest amount of service donated by a volunteer in the history of The Medical Center Auxiliary. She has served 52 years and continues to volunteer weekly with patient mail and at the South Patient Tower Information Desk.
Some 177,200 service hours between 179 volunteers were represented at the luncheon, a $4.2 million value to the health system.