ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Phoebe Putney Hospital's volunteer services department is celebrating a milestone, 25 years of serving the hospital.
A crowd of about 550 volunteers got together Thursday night at the First United Methodist Church, for Phoebe's annual volunteer appreciation dinner. They were served dinner and a bite of the 25th birthday cake.
Phoebe volunteers have served more than 50 thousand hours this year and more than 1 million since the program began.
Lacy Lee started the volunteer services department and says the hospital couldn't have been as successful without volunteers.
"The volunteers actually started the hospital. Back in the early 1900's, a group of fifteen women got together and said Albany had to have a hospital. And so they actually began the hospital, and volunteers have played an integral part all these years," said Lacy Lee, Phoebe's Volunteer Services Director.
Cindy Parsons has volunteered at Phoebe for 25 years, and she was named "Volunteer of the Year." For years she conducted monthly blood pressure screenings, and she now helps out in the surgical intensive care waiting room.
Edith Oliver was recognized for having the most volunteer hours. Jo Jones and Vera Hagin were also honored for their contributions.
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