DFW Volunteer Award
April 12th, 2017
Gayle Carr, a familiar face at JPS even though she doesn’t get paid to be here, is in the running for Volunteer of the Year in the DFW Hospital Council’s 21st Annual Employee of the Year competition.
A retired nurse, Carr has been on the floor at JPS since March, 2013, serving in various areas, including Academic Affairs and the NODA (No One Dies Alone) program.
She is currently a fixture on the sixth floor of the Patient Care Tower, where she spends at least two days a week supporting Ortho/Neuro Nurse Manager Sabrina Sumner and her team as a H.E.L.P volunteer.
H.E.L.P stands for Hospital Elder Life Program, and was designed by Yale University for elderly hospital patients at risk for delirium, a severe complication of illness and hospitalization. H.E.L.P. volunteers receive extensive training and engage patients in activities to help them become more mobile and remain oriented to the here and now.
“Gayle is a reliable and friendly addition that provides our unit nursing staff with unprecedented assistance and support through volunteering,” Sumner wrote in Carr’s nomination. “Gayle goes out of her way to support not only our patients, but takes time to visit with their families and friends in order to extend that extra hand of kindness to our guests.”
Winners of the DFW Hospital Council’s 2017 awards will be announced at a luncheon on April 21 at the Hurst Convention Center.
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