The Medical Center Auxiliary recently honored more than 100 local teenagers who have been generous with their time around Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s Gainesville and Braselton locations.
Among those recognized for their efforts were young people from Hall County such as Connor Grady, who was presented with a scholarship for more than 300 hours of service; Betty Huynh, who received a scholarship for more than 400 service hours; and Indira Islas, who logged more than 600 hours.
All of them cite an innate desire to serve.
“I love helping people,” said Grady, a 17-year-old Johnson High School graduate with plans to attend the University of Georgia. “I think the hospital is a really great place to volunteer.”
Huynh, who has volunteered since 2013 at both hospitals, said that “seeing the patients getting better” is inspirational for her. The 18-year-old is a recent graduate of Gainesville High School and plans to attend Georgia Gwinnett College.
Islas said she, too, enjoys seeing the patients heal. An encounter with a cancer patient helped her decide on the path of oncology when she goes to college. Currently, the 17-year-old Gainesville High School graduate is trying to get into Johns Hopkins University in Maryland.
Islas also was honored for winning a creative writing contest sponsored by the Medical Center Auxiliary. The second-place award went to McNeely Rockwell.
Awards for a T-shirt design contest sponsored by the auxiliary went to Tucker Buffington, first place; and Emily Duffy, second place.
Others honored include Elizabeth D’Antonio, who has more than 200 hours of service; and Sarah Williamson, with more than 200 hours as well.
“Teen volunteers are essential to the success of the volunteer program and truly demonstrate a willingness to help others this summer by giving more than 3,800 hours of service to the medical center,” said Lynne Allen, director of volunteer services at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
According to its website, the Medical Center Auxiliary is “committed to helping improve the health of our community.”
Since its inception in 1951, volunteers have donated more than 1.7 million hours of service and $7 million for the enhancement of services provided by Northeast Georgia Health System.
Nancy Colston, president and chief development officer of the Medical Center Foundation, said that “teen volunteers add such a special brilliance to the hospital campuses with bright smiles, cheerful hellos and an eagerness to serve where needed while exploring future health care career options.”